Various hospitality businesses the length and breadth of the country were targeted on Friday night as ASAE (health and food safety agency) conducted swoops to ensure pandemic rules are being observed.
The checks were carried out in collaboration with GNR police in Santa Maria da Feira, Ovar, Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde, Mirandela, Coimbra, Condeixa, Viseu, Covilhã, Odivelas, Sintra, Setúbal, Nazaré, São Martinho do Porto, Estremoz and Vilamoura. They resulted in the suspension of 11 bars and discotheques, and the passing of 53 fines.
Twenty of the fines were for “lack of observance of the duty of verification by those responsible for the establishments” (meaning management had not ensured patrons carried the necessary Covid Digital Certificates or negative tests). Another two dozen were levied against customers for their failure to be carrying the correct documentation; one was handed to an employee “not wearing a mask”, and another to a business for failure to observe rules on numbers allowed inside, or providing hand disinfectant.
The operation was described in the press as “Outbreak – Phase II”.
These random interventions by authorities are expected to continue throughout the festive season.