Casinos and other entertainment venues in Portugal, despite the high risk of the spread of coronavirus infection, may reopen their doors to guests. However, their clients will need a COVID-19 digital certificate or negative test done at least 3 days before the visit.

This decision is contained in an order published in the official Portuguese gazette Diário da República. The document has already been approved and entered into force. The authorities’ initiative was the result of the fact that such institutions have proven their ability to function in accordance with the security measures in force in the country.

Under the new rules, casino employees are exempted from the requirement to have a digital certificate or negative test. But guests will need one of these documents.

“By an approved government decision, the operation of casinos or similar establishments located in municipalities with a high and very high risk of the spread of COVID-19 is permitted,” reads a press release signed by the Minister of Economy of the State, Pedro Siza Vieira.

The functionary clarified that venues must comply with “the guidelines and instructions defined for these events by the Directorate General of Health (DGS)” as well as “other general conditions stipulated in Council of Ministers Resolution No. 74-A / 2021 of June 9 in its current edition “.

In addition, the Portuguese government’s decision adds that the institutions “have demonstrated the ability to strictly comply with the rules, as well as safety measures to preserve the health of visitors.”

Earlier, other European countries began to consider similar possibilities for reopening land-based casinos. At the same time, many states do not want to risk and speed up the adoption of an appropriate decision until the time when a high level of vaccination of the population has not been achieved.

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