In a statement, the association cited the statements made by the director of internal medicine emergencies at Hospital S. João, Nélson Pereira, when he said that the “situation is serious” and that they arrive “at 08:00 each day with no vacancy in the hospital”.

“PRO.VAR understands that this is the time for the return of masks inside establishments”, reads the press release.

“We are concerned, as restaurants have always prioritised safety and we want to keep confidence high. On the other hand, workers in the restaurant sector are very exposed to a large movement of people, for that reason we defend the return to the mandatory use of masks for customers and workers”.