The Porto Tourism Office and the President of Northern Portugal said today that due to the UEFA Champions League final held in Porto, the hotel’s occupancy rate is about 76%, which shows “very confidence” in the emergency plan.
In a telephone interview with Reuters (Lusa agency), Luís Pedro Martins said: “Currently, the occupancy rate of open hotels is about 76%. This is largely due to the’Champions League ‘Phenomenon.” The scope of the final will be played at Estádiodo Dragão in Porto on Saturday, with controversy aroused by Manchester City and Chelsea in England.
Luis Pedro Martins is pleased that the British market can travel and spend the night in Porto, outside the “bubble” of club fans, and explained that this fact will directly affect the economy, including catering , Tourism and entertainment, commerce and transportation.
When asked about his confidence in the contingency plan for football matches in the context of the covid-19 epidemic and is bringing thousands of supporters to Porto, the TPNP chairman announced that he was very “confident” in the plan. Work is ongoing between the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), UEFA, Portuguese authorities and local authorities.
“I have great confidence in the authorities. I think they have time to understand the risks of accepting the finals. [da Liga dos Campeões]. I think we also have time to learn from the recent mistakes that are directly related to the football phenomenon, and I think the city is ready.”
On May 13, Luís Pedro Martins announced to Lussa that the authorities were required to “actively monitor” gatherings related to the Champions League final.
Luís Pedro Martins stated that under Portuguese law, the contingency plan developed by FPF, Estádiodo Dragão and other agencies and test service providers “must be carefully implemented”.
He said: “The authorities will also enforce them here.”
The FPF program is used to spread and contain supporters from Manchester City and Chelsea, and complements Estádiodo Dragão’s covid-19 emergency plan, as well as agencies and public and private companies that provide services (such as buses) to supporters.
To enter these spaces, you must have a ticket and a test certificate used to prove the denial of covid-19, and then exchange it for personal and non-negotiable bracelets, which will be the same as the bracelets at the entrance of Estádiodo. “Dragon”, the TPNP chairman explained.
These two locations will also be open to supporters, who can enter Portugal through other means other than proprietary flights as long as they meet the entry requirements, that is, hold a ticket and a negative test for covid-19.
Within the two meeting locations, testing services for covid-19 will be provided to prevent skilled persons from losing their test certificates.
Masks must be used, and both “fan zones” will have sanitary facilities, catering services, isolation rooms, and first aid and emergency services.
The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League final will start at 20:00 on Saturday and will be played by the Englishman Manchester City and Chelsea.
UEFA said that taking into account that Turkey has been included in the “red list” of the United Kingdom, the insurmountable travel difficulties for British fans made Porto selected to replace Istanbul. The limitations inherent in the covid-19 pandemic.