Government considers extending certificate and negative test to closed activities

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António Cotrim / Lusa

The Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition, Pedro Siza Vieira

The Executive is considering extending the use of a digital certificate or negative test for access to other activities affected by closures due to the pandemic.

The Government is considering expanding the use of digital certificate or negative test for access to other activities affected by the closures due to covid-19, said Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira.

“It seems that there is a possibility to extend this experience to other activities”, he added, explaining that as the vaccination progresses, the objective is “to use other ways to manage the epidemiological situation”.

“We know that in many European countries this is what is happening. To access a gym, museum, concert or hotel, you need a certificate or test”, recalled Siza Vieira.

“We are not yet thinking of an extension of this nature” but of covering “activities that remain closed” and “if the population is satisfied” to ensure “a functioning under these conditions”, he referred.

Asked about the bars and clubs, which remain closed, the minister did not want to commit to dates, pointing instead to activities such as “water parks and other kind of activities where it makes sense to think about whether we can open with a certificate or a negative test”.

The government official also acknowledged that the measures were applied at the last minute and generated “some inconvenience” and “difficulties of interpretation, doubts and questions that the Government was trying to answer”.

Last week, the Government approved in the Council of Ministers that restaurants in high or very high risk municipalities will now have to require a digital certificate or negative test to covid-19 from 19:00 on Friday, at the end of weekends and holidays for meals inside.

In addition, the executive determined, access to tourist establishments and local accommodation throughout the continental territory will be subject to the existence of a digital certificate or negative test by customers.