Stricter COVID-19 rules and absent tourists put Portugal's restaurants in tough spot

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LISBON: Lisbon's edifice owners, already struggling to past without the accustomed hordes of summertime tourists, expressed consternation astatine a caller measurement implemented connected Saturday requiring tests oregon a vaccination certificate to beryllium indoors.

"I deliberation it's a affirmative measurement if a batch much certificates are made disposable to clients," said Manuel Jorge Alves, 48, proprietor of a accepted Portuguese edifice successful a thoroughfare not acold from Lisbon's riverfront.

"But for the infinitesimal it's astir 2 cardinal Portuguese ... that's 1 successful five. And we've not had request from tourists, due to the fact that determination person been restrictions connected travel. This country is babelike connected tourism."

As of Saturday, Portugal's authorities imposed a caller measurement demanding that those wishing to dine indoors successful 60 municipalities with precocious rates of COVID-19 infections had to contiguous a vaccination certificate, a antagonistic coronavirus trial oregon impervious of recovery, successful an effort to incorporate a worrying emergence of regular cases successful caller weeks.

The coronavirus illness  (COVID-19) pandemic, successful  Porto People dine astatine a restaurant, connected the time that Portugal's authorities imposed stricter rules successful an effort to bring nether power a surge of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) cases, successful Porto, Portugal, July 10, 2021. REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura

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Restaurant customers indispensable usage the EU integer COVID-19 certificate.

The state of 10 cardinal radical reported 3,162 caller regular cases connected Saturday and six deaths, mirroring figures past seen successful February erstwhile it was nether a strict lockdown.

Under existent measures, restaurants successful high-risk areas indispensable adjacent astatine 10.30pm, and bounds the fig of radical per array to six outdoors and 4 indoors.

As cases began to spiral, the authorities ordered 2 weeks agone that restaurants adjacent aft luncheon connected weekends - but arsenic of this week a caller measurement requiring the integer EU certificate oregon trial has travel into force. Measures are reviewed each Thursday.

The coronavirus illness  (COVID-19) pandemic, successful  Porto A pistillate sits successful a restaurant, connected the time that Portugal's authorities imposed stricter rules successful an effort to bring nether power a surge of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) cases, successful Porto, Portugal, July 10, 2021. REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura

"I deliberation it's a bully measure, but I deliberation it needs to beryllium done better," said Hernani Miguel, proprietor of a lively edifice and barroom serving African and Portuguese cuisine.

"If you tin travel successful with a certificate, erstwhile radical are successful the space, wherefore can't we widen opening hours, arsenic agelong arsenic radical person the certificate? I deliberation this is simply a question each restaurants owners hold on."

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