End of COVID certificate to enter restaurants? It seems so

The COVID-19 electronic certificate will no longer be mandatory in order to have access to the interior of catering establishments on Fridays at dinner and on weekends, in the new phase of deconfinement which should come into force on 1 October.

This new change is expected to be announced today, after the Council of Ministers meeting.

Phase 3 of the containment plan against COVID-19 should be approved today

The EU COVID digital certificate covers the vaccination, testing or recovery of COVID-19 and is available in digital and paper format.

The EU COVID Digital Certificate covers three types of certificates:

  • Vaccination certificates: which proves that the person was vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Testing Certificates: which proves that the person has a negative result in a molecular nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN) - RT-PCR, real-time RT-PCR, Rapid Molecular Tests - for identification of SARS-CoV-2
  • Recovery Certificates: which proves that the person had COVID-19, but that he has already recovered from the disease

End of COVID certificate to enter restaurants? It seems so

According to information from the Público newspaper, on the table will also be the decision on the mandatory nature of the certificate for access to hotels and the like.

These changes are part of phase three of the pandemic relief measures plan. It should also be noted that, according to recent figures, Portugal has around 85% of the population is vaccinated and records a solid trajectory of decreasing incidence rate of infections (currently at 137.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and where the transmission rate is below 1, more precisely at 0.82.

As provided for in the executive plan, at this stage three there are no longer maximum limits for the number of people in groups inside restaurants, cafes, patisseries and terraces, as well as the capacity limits for establishments, cultural shows and family events.

The Government also stressed the importance of transmitting a message of prudence on the need to maintain a high level of individual responsibility in terms of adopting behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Health Minister, Marta Temido, warned that the mask should be kept in closed spaces or where it is not possible to preserve the advisable social distance.

At this Thursday meeting of the Council of Ministers, the Government will also take the first step in the “cleaning operation” of rules, regulations and diplomas that were exceptionally approved over the last year and a half of the covid-19 pandemic .