The Portuguese hotel, restaurant and similar association (AHRESP) considers that the sale of any type of drinks "does not represent any increased risk" for public health and, as such, advocates that the measure be "repealed".
The association says that the measure “will only harm the already difficult situation of the establishments”. AHRESP adds that “what we want to prevent is the consumption of products at the door of the establishment or in its surroundings, and not the sale”.
“This issue is more relevant in establishments that operate with menus, with drinks often included in the price. AHRESP is questioning the tutelage on this and other issues that are raising a lot of doubts ”, reads the statement sent this Wednesday to the press.
Regarding unemployment in housing, restaurants and the like, AHRESP claims that it rose 57,7%, according to the monthly job market information, released by the Institute of Employment and Professional Training (IEFP). The total number of unemployed registered in the Employment Services in December 2020 stood at 402.254, an increase of 29,6% compared to the same month of 2019 and 1% compared to the previous month.
At the regional level, the most pronounced year-on-year increase occurred in the Algarve region (+ 60,8%), followed by the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region (+ 41,1%). As in previous months, the increase in the total number of unemployed registered a greater expression in the Services sector, especially in the Accommodation, Catering and Similar activities, where there was an increase of + 57,7%, compared to December 2019.