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Decree Law No. 26-A/2021

Publication: Republic Diary No. 65/2021, Series I of 2021-04-05
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 26-A/2021
  • Pages: 17-(2) a 17-(4)

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law amends the scheme that establishes exceptional and temporary measures in response to the pandemic of the disease COVID-19 in the cultural and artistic sphere, particularly in relation to non-performed shows.

Given the public health emergency of international scope, declared by the World Health Organization on 30 January 2020, as well as the classification, on 11 March 2020, of the COVID-19 disease as a pandemic, the Government has been approving a set of extraordinary and urgent measures in several matters.

What is going to change?

Shows must, whenever possible, be rescheduled up to 14 business days before the event is scheduled to take place.

The rescheduled show must take place until 31 December 2022.

Rescheduling may imply a change of venue, date and time.

The promoting entity must inform the cultural agent, at least 30 days in advance, if it intends to keep the initial date.

In the year 2021, the live performance, in indoor or outdoor venues, of festivals or shows of the same nature, must comply with the guidelines issued by the Directorate General for Health (DGS) in view of the evolution of the COVID-19 disease pandemic.

Pilot test events can be made, together with the DGS, to define technical guidelines, such as: seat occupancy, capacity and physical distance.

Spectators, artists and technicians, as well as all workers and service providers involved in the organisation, realisation and production of festivals and shows of a similar nature can be subject to diagnostic testing for COVID-19.

The rescheduling of shows, festivals and shows of an identical nature initially scheduled for the year 2020 and which take place only in 2022, entitle the holder to a refund of the ticket price.

The ticket holder has the right to request the refund of the respective ticket price within 14 business days after the event is scheduled to take place in the year 2021.

If the ticket holder does not request a refund, the ticket is valid for the show in the year 2022.

The holder of a voucher issued with an expiry date up to 31 December 2021 has the right to request a refund within 14 business days after the expiry of their voucher.

If the voucher holder does not request a refund, the voucher is valid until 31 December 2022.

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law ensures the rescheduling or cancellation of shows that have not taken place due to a legal determination from the Government or the national health authority, always bearing in mind the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law entered into force on 10 April 2021 and takes effect from 1 April 2021.

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