Lisbon — Conflicting COVID-19 message after the Portuguese government allowed thousands of English football fans to party in Porto for the Champions League final on Saturday, despite coronavirus restrictions Was accused by lawmakers for sending.
During the days leading up to the finals of Chelsea and Manchester City on Saturday, a large number of British fans, who barely wore masks and kept a small social distance, occupied the city of Porto and sang with the team’s slogan.
“The government and the mayor of Porto should apologize to the Portuguese who saw this disgrace during the fight against the pandemic,” opposition leader Rui Rio wrote on Twitter.
However, due to precautions taken, all fans were required to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival in Portugal. Portugal allows tourists to visit without quarantine upon return to the United Kingdom. It is on the government’s “green” list.
Portugal was hit by a catastrophic COVID-19 epidemic earlier this year, requiring people to wear masks outdoors if they are unable to keep a social distance. Drinking alcohol in public places other than the permitted terraces remains prohibited.
Approximately 16,500 fans were allowed to enter Porto’s Dragão stadium, upsetting locals who had been banned from the game for several months. Many other British fans visited the city and supported the team from bystanders.
Francisco Rodrigues dos Santos, the leader of the Portuguese right-wing CDS party, also criticized the government, saying it “adopted a completely contradictory and inconsistent approach.”
“The way the Champions League finals run will give a bad image to Portugal and have unpredictable consequences for public health,” he added.
Last week, police told Reuters that UEFA had just announced that UEFA would move the event from Istanbul to Porto about two weeks ago, and Portuguese officials did not have enough time to prepare for the final. Ta
Portuguese officials last week decided to relax the COVID-19 rule of the match, eliminating the need for fans to stay in the “bubble” and lifting restrictions on movement.
“I don’t understand allowing events [to take place] It is not allowed for the majority of the country’s citizens, “said Catarina Martins, the leader of the Left Bloc.
Some health professionals are concerned that Portuguese may be reluctant to adopt coronavirus precautions.
Health officials in northern Portugal called on everyone approaching the Champions League celebration on Sunday to monitor the symptoms of COVID-19 and reduce contact with others over the next 14 days.