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Casinos can reopen in Portugal

Casinos and similar establishments in high and very high risk counties in Portugal can now reopen, with customers requiring a Covid-19 digital certificate or negative test to enter.

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The decision is contained in an order published in the Diário da República on 23 July, and took effect from 24 July. It has arisen from the observation that such establishments have proven that they can operate in compliance with the current safety measures in place throughout the country.

Under the new rules, the casino workers and casino service providers are, however, exempt from the requirement to have a digital certificate or negative test.

“The operation of casinos or similar located in high risk and very high risk municipalities is allowed,” according to a diploma signed by the Minister of Economy, Pedro Siza Vieira. It continues by noting that the venues must observe "the guidelines and instructions defined for these activities by the General Directorate of Health (DGS),” and the “other general conditions provided for in Council of Ministers Resolution no. 74 -A/2021, of 9 June, in its current wording.”

It adds that the establishments “have demonstrated the ability to assume strict compliance with the rules and safety and health measures.”


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