Covid-19. APECATE complains of discrimination against touristic animation in the deflation – Observer

Covid-19. APECATE complains of discrimination against touristic animation in the deflation – Observer
Covid-19. APECATE complains of discrimination against touristic animation in the deflation – Observer

The Portuguese Association of Companies of Congresses, Tourist Entertainment and Events (APECATE) complained this Monday of discrimination, regarding the measures of deflation defined for the second phase and asked for the same rules of culture, sport and commerce. “Following the announcement made by the Prime Minister, António Costa, regarding the start of the second phase of the deflation from today, April 5th, APECATE warns of the discrimination made against the tourist animation sector in view of the measures defined”, read in a statement sent by the association.

APECATE understands that the activities developed by the tourism animation sector, which has not yet been authorized to reopen, must be equated to that of sectors such as culture, physical activity and sport, leisure and commercial activities. “A large part of the activities developed by the tourism animation sector have the same origin and performance profile as sports activities, with regard to the danger of contagion by covid-19 – the type of customers, social behavior and other characteristics ”, defended the association’s president, António Marques Vidal, cited in the same note.

The official said that it is not understood that there is “discrimination” in relation to those sectors, just because the activities they carry out have a tourism aspect. “We can rent boards at the wicket, we can rent vehicles, but can’t we rent boats without a crew? We can go diving with a club, but we can no longer do it if it is through a tourist entertainment company? We can sell hikes and bike rides if we are a sports association, gym or club, but is it no longer possible if we are a tourist entertainment company? Can a museum open to the public, but not visits framed by a tourist entertainment company that organizes and sells cultural tourism products? ”Asked António Marques Vidal.

APECATE also said that it did not find any justification for guests of tourist establishments and local accommodation to be able to make tours and visits autonomously, with the rules defined for citizens in general, but they cannot do them “in a way that is guaranteed to be safer, if are framed by a tourist entertainment company ”.

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“This is a situation that has already occurred before, in the year 2020, and which has greatly affected the sector. We consider it very serious that, in the current situation, the same error persists, jeopardizing the survival of an entire sector due to the lack of capacity to properly frame and legislate ”, said the association’s president, adding that the sector cannot accept “yet another unfair situation towards healthy competition”.

Thus, APECATE hopes that the situation can be changed and that fair rules are created, helping to save “what is left” of the sector.

The decision to proceed with the second phase of the Government’s plan was taken on Thursday by the Council of Ministers, after analyzing the situation of the pandemic in Portugal, in particular the transmissibility index (Rt) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the incidence rate of new cases of Covid-19.

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