"We are currently in conversation with many businessmen and many restaurants will close in protest", said Daniel Serra, without giving an exact number of restaurants that intend to close during the festive period, but guaranteeing that "several hundred" have already communicated their intention to the PRO.VAR - Promote and Innovate National Restoration association.

According to the official, taking into account the number of tests for Covid-19 that are being carried out daily, about 133,000, and given that it is mandatory to present a negative test to attend restaurants on the 24th, 25th, 30th and December 31st and January 1st, only three in every 100 Portuguese will be able to do so.

"It's an almost residual value, most Portuguese won't be able to", said the official, adding that for many entrepreneurs, opening their doors during the festive period will mean "losing money".