The president of the Associação de Discos do Sul e Algarve (ADSA) reacted today «with satisfaction and joy» to the end of the obligation to present a negative test for covid-19 or digital certificate to access bars and clubs.
«I receive this with great satisfaction and joy, because, finally, we are entering the normality of people's lives», he told the agency Lusa Liberto Mealha.
Entry to nightlife establishments is no longer conditioned to the presentation of a negative test for covid-19, announced today the Minister of State and Presidency Mariana Vieira da Silva, at a press conference after the meeting of the Council of Ministers.
The minister also announced the end of the “digital certificate requirement”, except for border control.
In the opinion of the ADSA president, the relief of the measures to access the nightlife spaces «was taken at the best time, that is, at the beginning of the tourist season in the Algarve region».
Liberto Mealha considered that the measure announced by the Government “was not late, but rather precautionary in relation to all this [covid-19 pandemic]”.
"I don't think it was late, it was well regarded and we came to the conclusion that we have to consider and classify covid as a flu, a normal disease, but for that it took time to reach that confirmation", he observed.
Entrance to bars and clubs was subject to the obligation to present a negative test for covid-19, with the exception of those who demonstrated that they had been vaccinated at least 14 days ago with the booster dose against the disease or who had a certificate of recovery. .
PCR tests performed less than 72 hours ago, rapid antigen tests less than 48 hours ago or self-test performed at entry were valid.
Currently, customers do not have to wear a mask in these spaces, unlike workers, according to the rules in force defined by the Directorate-General for Health.
Bars and clubs had reopened in October for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal, after 19 months stopped, and between October and December, to enter these spaces it was necessary to present an antigen test or PCR with a negative result or the certificate recovery from the disease, even in the case of vaccinated persons.