The Spanish Government and the country's regional authorities have approved a ban on smoking "outdoors, for example, on terraces" and whenever it is not possible to maintain a two-metre safety distance between people, a measure that is already in place in two of the 17 Spanish autonomous regions.
Asked at the regular press conference on covid-19 about whether Portugal is considering adopting this measure, the Minister of Health said that "at this moment" the government "is not considering adopting a similar measure".
"It is evident that I am not disregarding what I found to be the recommendations of my colleague, the Minister of Health of Spain, smoking is an activity that has health risks and, therefore, should be avoided in any context", said Marta Temido .
But, she added, “as we have always said in this context of uncertainty about what are the best strategies to prevent contagion, there are still many open issues, and therefore we will monitor and analyse in more depth and assess whether it will also be appropriate in our context”.
“In any case, it is clear that smoking is a risk. And therefore, the advice is to not smoke”, stressed Marta Temido.