The wedding sector wants guests to resume screening for coronavirus

The Movement of Firms in the Marriage Sector (MESC) plans to resume operations in April after “practically halting” a year to test guests for the wedding.

“Taking a test or proving a negative test within 72 or 24 hours (depending on the test used) is a prerequisite for the wedding,” suggests the movement in a statement.

Identifying infected people will prevent them from going to the wedding and will prevent them from spreading the virus to guests and employees, he said.

In this way, the rooms where weddings are organized become an “active part” in testing, identifying, communicating and isolating the infected, he said.

In addition to running tests, the movement advocates collecting phone contacts from all guests based on where the wedding is taking place and reporting them to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) in the event of an outbreak.

“These solutions will make it possible to effectively remove the isolation of infected individuals and all contact persons,” he said in the press release.

The movement recalled that the embargo is already “extremely long” and threatens the very survival of most businesses in these sectors, namely hospitality, culture and services.

Regarding a “highly seasonal” sector, the movement warned that with the restrictions imposed, 83.2% of activity would be lost in 2020.

“Despite the fact that the activity of the sector was legally feasible, the imposition of all restrictive measures and the general climate of fear and distrust resulted in more than 80% of marriages planned for 2020 being postponed or canceled in 2021.” specified.

This situation forced the companies, on the one hand, to adhere to the contracts of the customers who wanted to hold the events and therefore to abandon regulations such as firing and, on the other hand, to litigate with customers, he said.

According to the movement of companies in the marriage sector, this industry generates around four billion euros and accounts for 2% of the gross domestic product (GDP).

In addition, seven thousand companies and 150,000 people are dependent on this sector, he said.

The Covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,453,070 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 110.7 million cases of infection. This emerges from a report by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 15,897 people died from 796,339 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus that was discovered in Wuhan, a city in central China, in late December 2019.