The Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI) defended this Thursday a reinforcement of the inspection of the esplanades by the security forces, admitting that these spaces can be closed and the violators liable in case of non-compliance with the rules in force.
The reinforcement of the inspection on the esplanades, which reopened on Monday as part of the second phase of the deflation, was one of the subjects of the meeting of the Monitoring Structure of the State of Emergency, which took place on Wednesday, under the coordination of the Minister of Administration. Intern, Eduardo Cabrita,
Among the various topics discussed at the meeting, which served to take stock of the implementation of the measures in force in the context of combating the covid-19 pandemic, MAI highlights the attention given “to reinforcement of the inspection of terraces by security forces and services ”.
The entities that are part of the State of Emergency Monitoring Structure admit that “failure to comply with the pandemic containment measures justifies the early closure of these spaces and the corresponding accountability of the offenders”.
Entrepreneurs in catering establishments have already expressed their concern about the default by many customers the use of the mask on the terraces.
Another of the rules imposed for the functioning of these spaces has to do with the capacity.
This structure monitors and produces regular information on the measures in force in the continent and in the context of the pandemic, having met on Wednesday for the 24th time since March 2020.
In this meeting, by videoconference, the Secretaries of State of the various governmental and regional coordination areas participated, in addition to those responsible for the GNR, PSP, SEF, Authority for Food Security and Economy (ASAE), National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection and Forces Armed.
“The need for an greater oversight in sectors of activity where outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2 have emerged, it was also addressed, both because of the delay in controlling the pandemic and because of the negative effect on the risk of incidence in municipalities with a small population ”, says the MAI, in a statement.
The Ministry under the tutelage of Eduardo Cabrita also indicates that “the positive impact on the economy, resulting from the first phase of deflation, was also highlighted” at the meeting.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, 825,633 cases of infection with the new coronavirus have been diagnosed in Portugal and 16,899 people have died with covid-19, according to the latest data from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).