The association's position comes after the prime minister announced that entry into night entertainment spaces will be subject to the presentation of a negative test for Covid-19, even for vaccinated people, from December 1st, and bars and clubs will close between January 2nd and 9th.
"The week from January 2nd to 9th, I think is very good, I think it's correct, because during the festive period of Christmas and the end of the year there will be meetings and gatherings of families and groups and this must be”, said the president of the Southern and Algarve Discos Association (ADSA), Liberto Mealha.
However the mandatory presentation of a test, even with a vaccination certificate, is criticised by the Algarve association, which will today ask the Ministry of Economy for a review of the measure, together with representatives of the night entertainment of Lisbon and Center and North, in a meeting scheduled for 15:00, in Lisbon, revealed Liberto Mealha.
“After minister Siza Vieira announced that he was going to resume Apoiar, nothing more came up, there was no amount to be entered into the accounts and the amount that was promised to us fell flat. And what will also be discussed today is the mandatory test when people already have the digital certificate to be able to enter a bar or a nightclub”, he added.
Liberto Mealha considered that, “if there is a digital certificate, having to take a test also to go for a drink at a bar or a nightclub is too much”.
“With this value [of the test], added to that of the drink, a person simply won't go”, he argued, acknowledging that “logically” the customer will have to bear the cost.
Representatives of clubs and bars will, therefore, at the meeting at the Ministry of Economy, “see if it is possible to cancel this test situation”.
“If it's not possible, at least let a test like it exists in Madeira be accepted, which is a test valid for one week. That would solve the problem a bit, it was an investment in the test, but it would be valid for a week and you could go to bars and clubs”, he countered.
Asked about the operationalization of the measure, Liberto Mealha said that “this was not clear” in António Costa's announcement.
“I don't know, I think the test can also be done outside the establishment, but it's very complicated, it's not practical, it doesn't work and we're going to transmit it this to those who will receive us in the ministry”, he added.
Wow, that's as stringent as having to wear masks outside walking but I get it.
There are a certain amount of people who have fake immunization cards for one thing and then people are so busy and confused about Covid, Delta and now the new one in Belgium from Africa that they don't realize that after 5 months the vaccine "expires" and only 40% effective after the 2nd jab. The "breakthrough" cases are from those people whose tax expired and they haven't completed the regimen of the 3rd shot (booster.) So it's a tough call but they are trying to contain it and if they do it to bars, should be the same for restaurants, only fair and balanced. This is an epidemic of the unvaccinated who only care about themselves and the "FREEDOM"; freedom to die or infect others is very selfish and we wouldn't be in this mess had it not been for them.
By Wes from USA on 27 Nov 2021, 07:13
Testing (assuming the tests actually work - see CDC’s latest update on effectiveness of tests) makes more sense that the Covid certification. It is now common knowledge that “vaccination” does NOT prevent transmission nor contraction of the virus so how on earth does certification prevent the spread?
By SS from Algarve on 27 Nov 2021, 18:25
So, apparently some people think that a booster after a second jab that is only 40% effective makes you immune to Covid. With that rationale, why not just skip the second jab and get the miraculous booster shot instead?
By Robert King from USA on 03 Dec 2021, 16:47