The Food and Economic Safety Authority (ASAE) filed 38 administrative offense suits in an inspection of food and beverage establishments Friday night, it was announced today.
The operation inspected 163 economic workers in ten municipalities from north to south of the country, and recorded 38 violations punishable by fines, “in compliance with the rules in force in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the same source.
Five facilities were temporarily suspended for non-compliance with the applicable rules.
Operation ASAE, in collaboration with PSP and GNR, targeted the regions of Ovar, Ponte de Lima, Vila Real, Agueda, Albergaria-a-Velha, Oliveira do Bairro, Castelo Branco, Nazaré, Quarteira and Vilamoura, in the municipality of Lule, Albufeira.
Of the 38 administrative violations filed, 19 were for “failure to comply with the duty to submit and carry a digital certificate or covid tests by customers”, six were for “failure to comply with the rules of operation of restaurants and similar establishments”, and three were for “failure to comply with the duty to request and verify, by officials For institutions, the digital certificate or Covid tests “, two” for “non-observance of the rules of occupancy, occupancy, permanence, and physical distance” and one regarding “sale of alcohol to minors”.
The ASAE ensures that it will “continue to develop inspection procedures, within its competence, throughout the national territory,” to ensure “compliance with public health rules determined by the epidemic situation.”
Last Friday, the government announced that Portugal would no longer be in a state of disaster due to the development of the pandemic, becoming a state of emergency regarding measures to contain Covid-19, allowing some restrictions to be lifted.
Covid-19 has caused at least 4,401,486 deaths worldwide, among the more than 209.9 million new coronavirus infections recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the latest report from Agence France-Presse.
In Portugal, since March 2020, 17,622 people have died and 1,014,632 cases of infection have been recorded, according to the Directorate General of Health.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which was discovered in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil or Peru.
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