Restaurants. Chaos installed around closing time

Restaurants that are licensed after 11 pm may continue to operate as long as customers have entered the space until that time. The guarantee is given to i by the secretary general of Ahresp when admitting that there have been “great confusions” in recent weeks, with the PSP forcing the owners to close their establishments, regardless of the time of their license. “The police have made a clean slate of all restaurants and there have been several complaints from restaurant owners who, despite being licensed to continue operating after 11 pm, are forced to close doors at this time. This is a result of the lack of clarity with which the resolutions and the respective implementations of them have come out. What is at stake is the entrance and from 11 pm no more customers can enter, but those inside can finish their meals without an hour limit, that is, until the time the establishment has to stay active ”, Says Ana Jacinto.

However, leave a note: these establishments can continue to operate as long as they do not become bars, which are not yet authorized to open (see page 4). “Ahresp has been confronted with situations in which establishments and terraces in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon are ordered to close by security forces, due to ignorance of the law or due to misinterpretations about it”, he guarantees.

An opinion shared by João Teixeira, partner in the litigation area at Antas da Cunha ECIJA, admitting that the diplomas are complex to analyze and you enter a dark area that requires common sense. “What the resolution of the council of ministers says is that from 11 pm new customers cannot be admitted, but those inside the restaurants can naturally finish their meal. This is the rule. The owners will not close after 2am or 3am. What is normal to happen is that from midnight, with more or less margin, the spaces close. If we are going to toughen up and look at these standards without common sense, who’s going to a restaurant? And who can’t have dinner before 10:30 pm or 10:45 pm? It is that we are applying a law in a blind manner, damaging the economy, “says the lawyer to i, adding that” clients must have a reasonable time to finish their meal, make the payment with some tranquility. I would say that we have a range of 1h or 1h30 to make this happen at the most ”.

João Teixeira says that this clarification is now more urgent, since the contraordenacional regime has already come into force and the police can provisionally close a space. “From the point of view of the impact that this can have on the entrepreneur, it is terrible”.

I know that this has been a recurring practice mainly in Lisbon, with the police tightening the siege on restaurants without taking into account the time of their license and distributing information leaflets that, according to the sector association, are not enlightening ( see side column).

In view of this scenario, Ahresp has already asked the Ministry of Economy for clarification regarding this situation and had the following response. “The closing of the establishment at 11 pm means that no new customers can be admitted after that time, assuming, however, that the establishment can operate until the service provided to clients who have entered until 11 pm ends”, explains Association.

Ana Jacinto guarantees that, at this moment, there must be “common sense, training and better clarity” of the rules to avoid this type of situation.

Other inconsistencies

The task is no longer simple in the case of take-away, home delivery and drive-ins. Here too, according to the official, there is “enormous confusion and there have been more and more frequent situations in which the police force the closure of these spaces after 8pm. For Ahresp, there is no doubt: “Catering establishments can operate in the take-away, home delivery and drive-in modalities without being subject to the 23-hour hourly limit, since this limit applies exclusively to new admissions for consumption in the establishment itself ”.

The same scenario is repeated on the terraces. And, once again, Ana Jacinto says that chaos is installed. “Complaints came to us that, on Friday, many restaurants with a terrace were forced by the police to close at 8 pm because they were serving alcoholic beverages, but those drinks were being served as part of a meal. It doesn’t make sense ”, refers to i. And he recalls: “The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, but as long as they are sold alone. If they are accompanied by a meal, they cannot be prohibited ”.

The confusion gains greater contours when it comes to pastries and snack bars that serve meals but, as they do not have catering CAE (code that frames the economic activity of companies), they cannot operate beyond 8 pm. “We have been encouraging the owners to have terraces, encouraging the owners to negotiate with the cameras on these spaces because it is considered safer for people to be on the street instead of being indoors. Many made these investments, but now they say that it is necessary to close at 20h. The owners are totally disoriented and this is chaotic for those who have a business ”, he adds to i.

For the sector association, there is no doubt: “An establishment that has a secondary CAE as an activity that can work and that clearly distinguishes itself from an activity forced to close, such as, for example, a traditional restaurant and bar can open the part from the traditional restaurant to serve meals. The same can no longer happen if the differentiation of activities is not evident (for example, bars that also serve snacks ”).

It is no longer the first time that the Prime Minister, António Costa, has come to guarantee that, if it is necessary to take steps backwards in the lack of definition, he will do so, but that he prefers to control the situation, considering that the best form of solidarity and recovery is all comply with the rules.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has also been hinting at the idea of ​​tightening security on the streets by security forces in order to comply with the rules and has already admitted that it can reinforce the police’s inspection capacity by calling in agents from other regions. The idea is to control alcohol consumption in open spaces accessible to the public and on public roads. Hence, supermarkets and hypermarkets cannot sell alcoholic beverages after 8 pm.

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Restaurants. Chaos installed around closing time

Restaurants that are licensed after 11 pm may continue to operate as long as customers have entered the space until that time. The guarantee is given to i by the secretary general of Ahresp when admitting that there have been “great confusions” in recent weeks, with the PSP forcing the owners to close their establishments, regardless of the time of their license. “The police have made a clean slate of all restaurants and there have been several complaints from restaurant owners who, despite being licensed to continue operating after 11 pm, are forced to close doors at this time. This is a result of the lack of clarity with which the resolutions and the respective implementations of them have come out. What is at stake is the entrance and from 11 pm no more customers can enter, but those inside can finish their meals without an hour limit, that is, until the time the establishment has to stay active ”, Says Ana Jacinto.

However, leave a note: these establishments can continue to operate as long as they do not become bars, which are not yet authorized to open (see page 4). “Ahresp has been confronted with situations in which establishments and terraces in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon are ordered to close by security forces, due to ignorance of the law or due to misinterpretations about it”, he guarantees.

An opinion shared by João Teixeira, partner in the litigation area at Antas da Cunha ECIJA, admitting that the diplomas are complex to analyze and you enter a dark area that requires common sense. “What the resolution of the council of ministers says is that from 11 pm new customers cannot be admitted, but those inside the restaurants can naturally finish their meal. This is the rule. The owners will not close after 2am or 3am. What is normal to happen is that from midnight, with more or less margin, the spaces close. If we are going to toughen up and look at these standards without common sense, who’s going to a restaurant? And who can’t have dinner before 10:30 pm or 10:45 pm? It is that we are applying a law in a blind manner, damaging the economy, “says the lawyer to i, adding that” clients must have a reasonable time to finish their meal, make the payment with some tranquility. I would say that we have a range of 1h or 1h30 to make this happen at the most ”.

João Teixeira says that this clarification is now more urgent, since the contraordenacional regime has already come into force and the police can provisionally close a space. “From the point of view of the impact that this can have on the entrepreneur, it is terrible”.

I know that this has been a recurring practice mainly in Lisbon, with the police tightening the siege on restaurants without taking into account the time of their license and distributing information leaflets that, according to the sector association, are not enlightening ( see side column).

In view of this scenario, Ahresp has already asked the Ministry of Economy for clarification regarding this situation and had the following response. “The closing of the establishment at 11 pm means that no new customers can be admitted after that time, assuming, however, that the establishment can operate until the service provided to clients who have entered until 11 pm ends”, explains Association.

Ana Jacinto guarantees that, at this moment, there must be “common sense, training and better clarity” of the rules to avoid this type of situation.

Other inconsistencies

The task is no longer simple in the case of take-away, home delivery and drive-ins. Here too, according to the official, there is “enormous confusion and there have been more and more frequent situations in which the police force the closure of these spaces after 8pm. For Ahresp, there is no doubt: “Catering establishments can operate in the take-away, home delivery and drive-in modalities without being subject to the 23-hour hourly limit, since this limit applies exclusively to new admissions for consumption in the establishment itself ”.

The same scenario is repeated on the terraces. And, once again, Ana Jacinto says that chaos is installed. “Complaints came to us that, on Friday, many restaurants with a terrace were forced by the police to close at 8 pm because they were serving alcoholic beverages, but those drinks were being served as part of a meal. It doesn’t make sense ”, refers to i. And he recalls: “The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, but as long as they are sold alone. If they are accompanied by a meal, they cannot be prohibited ”.

The confusion gains greater contours when it comes to pastries and snack bars that serve meals but, as they do not have catering CAE (code that frames the economic activity of companies), they cannot operate beyond 8 pm. “We have been encouraging the owners to have terraces, encouraging the owners to negotiate with the cameras on these spaces because it is considered safer for people to be on the street instead of being indoors. Many made these investments, but now they say that it is necessary to close at 20h. The owners are totally disoriented and this is chaotic for those who have a business ”, he adds to i.

For the sector association, there is no doubt: “An establishment that has a secondary CAE as an activity that can work and that clearly distinguishes itself from an activity forced to close, such as, for example, a traditional restaurant and bar can open the part from the traditional restaurant to serve meals. The same can no longer happen if the differentiation of activities is not evident (for example, bars that also serve snacks ”).

It is no longer the first time that the Prime Minister, António Costa, has come to guarantee that, if it is necessary to take steps backwards in the lack of definition, he will do so, but that he prefers to control the situation, considering that the best form of solidarity and recovery is all comply with the rules.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has also been hinting at the idea of ​​tightening security on the streets by security forces in order to comply with the rules and has already admitted that it can reinforce the police’s inspection capacity by calling in agents from other regions. The idea is to control alcohol consumption in open spaces accessible to the public and on public roads. Hence, supermarkets and hypermarkets cannot sell alcoholic beverages after 8 pm.

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Outbreak ″ serious and complex ″. China confines 1.5 million people in canton near Beijing

The country had managed to contain the evolution of contagions due to the new coronavirus, but the detection of more than 300 new cases in the city in just over two weeks has fueled fears of a second wave of contamination.

Local authorities have meanwhile launched a vast testing campaign, closed schools, asked Beijing residents to stay in the city, avoiding travel outside the capital, and confined several thousand people to residential areas considered to be at higher risk of contagion.

This Sunday, according to the agency France-Presse, the local authorities announced the confinement of the canton of Anxin, located some 60 kilometers south of the capital, in Hebei province, where eleven cases related to the outbreak in Beijing were detected.

The indications are that only one person per family will be able to go out once a day to buy food or medicine.

The Health Ministry said today that China diagnosed 17 new cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours, including 14 in Beijing.

All cases in Beijing are locally contagious. The remaining three are from abroad and have been diagnosed in different parts of the country. The China Health Commission has reported no new deaths across the country.

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Asturias. The first “free” Spanish community for the new coronavirus

These 14 consecutive days without registered cases mean that Asturias managed to overcome the barrier of the incubation period, meaning, in theory, that none of its inhabitants is infected. Something that could change with the flow of people entering and leaving the community in the summer.

The two-week barrier without cases is an important milestone during a pandemic. Still, a second incubation period that will also last 14 days will allow a margin for Asturias’ epidemiological bulletins to confirm that the country is effectively free of the virus.

The first bulletin to reveal the absence of new cases in this Spanish community was last Friday, something that has been repeated since then. Only Ceuta – a much smaller and more isolated region, with 85 thousand inhabitants – had already achieved this feat, just one day before Asturias, where a million people live.

“The tests [ao novo coronavírus] are persistently negative ”, guaranteed the Asturian health official Luis Hevia. The community university hospital, where most tests are carried out, has analyzed about 800 harvests daily to ensure that the virus is not circulating silently.

“We are working so hard and with the same routine to detect cases and define protocols that we were not even aware that we reached two weeks without new infections”, he admitted to the The country Rafael Cofiño, director of Public Health for the principality.

“The incidence was almost always very low, except when there were peaks. If we look at the graph in its entirety, the peaks were always times of a lot of testing, because when we found a case we tested the whole surrounding environment”, He explained. Something that happened last in late May, when an outbreak was detected in a nursing home.
Vacation zones under surveillance

At the moment, the principality’s health authorities are also attentive to the holiday home areas where many people arrive at this time of year, coming from outside Asturias. “The idea is to continue what we are already doing, detecting cases both in the most populated areas and in more tourist places, very quickly”, clarified Cofiño.

“After this great effort that we have made, we do not want to let our guard down,” said Blanca Aranda, chief of staff of the Ministry of Health. “We know that, with the summer, outsiders will arrive and that the virus is very likely to return, so we have to be very attentive so that we can locate it in a timely manner and interrupt the transmission chains as soon as possible ”.

In the whole of Spain, after several weeks of improvements in the number of cases, the situation has recently worsened due to localized outbreaks. On Sunday the country registered 118 new cases. In the past seven days, 343 infections have emerged, more than double the number seen a few days earlier.

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Health professionals ask for more coordination in responding to the covid in Lisbon | Coronavirus

Lisbon, Odivelas, Loures, Amadora and Sintra. This is the epicenter of the concerns of politicians and health authorities and there are two hospitals – Amadora-Sintra and Loures – that have felt the pressure caused by the growth of cases of covid for several weeks and that have already had to transfer patients to other units. The request for more centralized coordination comes from them and from the Ordem dos Médicos and the professionals on the field are listened to. Ministry will strengthen public health in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley with 120 professionals.

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Ethiopian monk over 100 survives new coronavirus

Tilahun Woldemichael says he is 114 and discharged last Thursday

An Ethiopian Orthodox monk, whose family says he is 114, survived the coronavirus after three weeks in hospital, having received oxygen and dexamethasone, a steroid successfully tested in the UK that should only be used in critically ill patients.

Tilahun Woldemichael was discharged from a hospital on Thursday.

The Ethiopian Health Minister said the ministry recommends using the drug for patients infected with covid-19 who need ventilation or oxygen.

Tilahun’s grandson, Biniam Leulseged, admitted he did not have a birth certificate to prove the monk’s age, but he showed a photo of the grandfather celebrating his 100th birthday.

“He was still looking young at that time,” said Biniam, assuming he was thrilled when his grandfather was taken to the hospital and guaranteed to be “very happy” to be together again.

Ethiopia has more than 5,200 confirmed cases of the virus.

The use of dexamethasone in people infected with the new coronavirus was considered, last week, as a “scientific breakthrough” in the fight against the pandemic by the World Health Organization that warned, however, that the steroid is not “a treatment or prophylaxis” for the new coronavirus and should only be used in patients with severe cases of covid-19.

The evidence that this cheap and widely available steroid has reduced deaths by up to a third in hospitalized and seriously ill patients with covid-19 was presented this month by British researchers, with British Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock saying that The UK’s National Health Service will start using dexamethasone to fight the disease.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 494,000 deaths and infected more than 9.82 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.

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China confines one and a half million people – coronavirus

China on Sunday, July 28, confined about 1.5 million people in an area close to the capital, Beijing, hit by a new outbreak of covid-19 infections, which the authorities still describe as “serious and complex”.

The country had managed to contain the evolution of contagions due to the new coronavirus, but the detection of more than 300 new cases in the city in just over two weeks has fueled fears of a second wave of contamination.

Local authorities have meanwhile launched a vast testing campaign, closed schools, asked Beijing residents to stay in the city, avoiding displacement outside the capital, and confined several thousand people to residential areas considered to be at greatest risk of contagion.

Today, according to the agency France-Presse, the local authorities announced the confinement of the canton of Anxin, located about 60 kilometers south of the capital, in the province of Hebei, where eleven cases were detected related to the outbreak in Beijing.

The indications are that only one person per family will be able to go out once a day to buy food or medicine.

The Health Ministry said today that China had diagnosed 17 new cases of covid-19 in the past 24 hours, including 14 in Beijing.

All cases in Beijing are locally contagious. The remaining three are from abroad and have been diagnosed in different parts of the country.

The China Health Commission has reported no new deaths across the country.

The number of active cases was set at 415, including eight in serious condition.

According to official data, since the beginning of the pandemic, China has registered 83,500 infected and 4,634 dead due to covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 498,000 deaths and infected more than 10 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

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China confines one and a half million people – coronavirus

China on Sunday, July 28, confined about 1.5 million people in an area close to the capital, Beijing, hit by a new outbreak of covid-19 infections, which the authorities still describe as “serious and complex”.

The country had managed to contain the evolution of contagions due to the new coronavirus, but the detection of more than 300 new cases in the city in just over two weeks has fueled fears of a second wave of contamination.

Local authorities have meanwhile launched a vast testing campaign, closed schools, asked Beijing residents to stay in the city, avoiding displacement outside the capital, and confined several thousand people to residential areas considered to be at greatest risk of contagion.

Today, according to the agency France-Presse, the local authorities announced the confinement of the canton of Anxin, located about 60 kilometers south of the capital, in the province of Hebei, where eleven cases were detected related to the outbreak in Beijing.

The indications are that only one person per family will be able to go out once a day to buy food or medicine.

The Health Ministry said today that China had diagnosed 17 new cases of covid-19 in the past 24 hours, including 14 in Beijing.

All cases in Beijing are locally contagious. The remaining three are from abroad and have been diagnosed in different parts of the country.

The China Health Commission has reported no new deaths across the country.

The number of active cases was set at 415, including eight in serious condition.

According to official data, since the beginning of the pandemic, China has registered 83,500 infected and 4,634 dead due to covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 498,000 deaths and infected more than 10 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

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Only one new corona infection known overnight in Hessen

32, 21, 41, 24, 30. The health authorities in Hesse reported so many new infections to the Robert Koch Institute on the days since June 24th. And overnight on Monday? There is only one new confirmed Covid 19 case. How can that be? Is there a case of late reporting because offices did not inform the RKI named institute in Berlin in good time until midnight? The explanation is there.

Thorsten Winter

Business editor and internet coordinator in the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

In any case, one contrasts pleasantly not only with the series of numbers mentioned. The RKI has just announced 262 new infections for the whole of Germany. He does not even have fresh data from Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Saxony and Thuringia. In fact, there could be more new Covid 19 cases than reported in the morning.

The news of the deaths related to the pandemic is also encouraging: there is no new news. So it remains with the previously officially registered 506 Corona victims since the beginning of March. Since then, 10,762 people in Hesse have been infected with the Covid 19 virus. A good 9900 are now considered to have recovered.

Frankfurt reported the most infections, in 1769 in number. Few of them are on Vogelsberg. Only 121 are known there. The situation is similarly good only in the Waldeck-Frankenberg district and in Offenbach, where less than 200 infections have also been registered. In contrast, the district of Hersfeld-Rotenburg has almost 300 (as of Sunday). This is also related to dozens of infections among employees of the mail order company Amazon in Bad Hersfeld. On the other hand, the districts of Lahn-Dill, Limburg-Weilburg, Odenwald and Vogelsberg have been without a new case for seven days, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs on Sunday.

With regard to the number of people who have recovered, the following restriction must always be observed: As the RKI responsible for disease control in Germany informed the FAZ, it does not officially collect data on the number of people who have recovered. The survey was also not provided for by law. “However, at least in the cases in which most of the information was ascertained, which had no severe symptoms and were not admitted to a hospital, it can be assumed that they will have recovered after 14 days at the latest,” says Berlin on Seat of the institute. The RKI only estimates the number of those recovered.

The RKI takes into account those cases that were transmitted at midnight on the respective day. “For the presentation of the newly transmitted cases per day, the reporting date is used – the date on which the local health authority became aware of the case and recorded it electronically,” says the website of the institute. It could take a few days between the notification by the doctors and laboratories to the health authority and the transmission of the cases to the responsible state authorities and the RKI. In such cases there is talk of late reporting.

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Deaths from covid-19 exceed half a million worldwide | Covid-19

To the minute

The pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has already caused more than 10 million people to become infected worldwide – of these, more than five million have recovered and 500,000 have died. The United States and Brazil are the countries with the most infections and the most deaths worldwide.

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