The restaurants will be able to reopen on Monday with half the capacity and should have an equal closing time for everyone, probably at 11 pm, said this Thursday the president and only deputy of Chega, after a meeting with the Prime Minister, António Costa, at the official residence of São Bento.
André Ventura spoke to journalists at the end of the meeting, before the Government took decisions on the second phase of gradual reopening of activities and establishments closed due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Pointing to the reopening of restaurants as “one of the most worrying moments” of the so-called deflation, Chega’s deputy declared: “We know that there will be a time limit, probably at eleven o’clock at night”.
“It will always be with presence limits, with a capacity of half and with a restricted schedule inasmuch as, as far as it seemed, the closing time will be the same for everyone and universal, which means that there cannot be open spaces beyond of that hour, ”he added.
Regarding the reopening measures to be adopted by the Government, the president of Chega also said that for the time being “the night spaces will remain closed, whether bars, clubs or other night spaces” and that “clubs, gyms and other spaces may not even reopen in the summer “, because” decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis “, which welcomed:” It seems the most correct “.
The single deputy of Chega again expressed reservations about the “significant decompression of measures” that is foreseen, arguing that “it carries some risks” and that “there must be not only time but also the mechanisms for an assessment to be made that risk and the consequences of this reopening ”. “We are probably going to enter the most critical period, and that is what we also talked about with the Prime Minister, of assessing and fighting the pandemic,” he said.
André Ventura stressed that “Chega continues to understand that in terms of festivals and spaces of mass culture, the rules, if they exist, must be uniform, even in matters of political action” and said that he had received from the Prime Minister “the guarantee of that this matter will be clarified ”.