The rules of cultural spaces are national, those of airplanes are European – Minister

The Minister for Cheers today distinguished the decision of the European regulator, which authorizes the capacity complete of planes, national standards advocated for cultural spaces, to justify the discrepancies of rules.

“The origins of the normals are different. The recommendations for the planes are not national, but from the European agency and what they recommend is the maintenance of cautions, and air carriers are still considering how they will be able to comply with these recommendations ”, said Marta Temido at the press conference where the state of play of covid-19 in Portugal.

The Government announced on Thursday that the planes will no longer have reduced passenger capacity, by two thirds, as of June 1, and that the use of “community mask is mandatory”.

For the minister, “different things are the rules that are being articulated with the Ministry of Culture for cinemas, shows and theater, and that belong to the national entities”.

On this topic, the Director-General of Health added that the European regulator continues to recommend that “there are measures of distance between people, whether at airports or inside aircraft, but leaves the question of aircraft capacity to the carriers' discretion”, recalling mandatory use of masks.

Graça Freitas had already said that the protocols that allow airplanes to stop having reduced passenger capacity are not infallible, but that the risk was considered.

“One thing is the guidelines of the international regulator and some flexibility for companies to adopt the measures based on a risk assessment, another thing is the national application measures, also taken based on the risk assessment. There are strict protocols on boarding and on planes. They are different environments. These are situations that have to be seen on a case-by-case basis and we are certain that the regulator weighed the specific circumstances of a flight ”, he reiterated.

The Government ordered the reopening of cinemas, theaters, auditoriums and concert halls (with marked seats, reduced capacity and physical distance) as of June 1, pending the definition of the rules and final guidelines, after hearing entities from the sector and the Directorate-General for Health.

Portugal accounts for 1,302 deaths associated with covid-19 in 30,471 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest daily bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health on the pandemic.

In relation to the previous day, there are 13 more deaths (+ 1%) and another 271 cases of infection (+ 0.9%).

The number of hospitalized people dropped from 576 to 550, of which 80 were in intensive care units (minus four).

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