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Portugal’s Next Phase sees Beaches Open 6th June

4th June 2020 - 12:30pm

Susana Cardoso (Director of Portuguese Tourism Ireland)

Susana Cardoso (Director of Portuguese Tourism Ireland)

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Portugal is in the second phase of easing restrictions and is expected to open beaches on 6th June. Beaches will have new safety measures and beach assistants will help visitors with information. There will be colour coded signage indicating the level of occupancy of the beach (low/medium/full), and will be updated in real time on the app “Info Praia” (available in English) and APA website. Visitors will be expected to keep 1.5 m apart unless in the same household and parasols will be 3m apart. Swimming, water sports and surfing will be permitted. 

Portugal is in the second phase of easing restrictions with museums and other cultural facilities including art galleries, palaces and churches open. Restaurants, cafés, shop and businesses up to 400 sq mt are also now open.

 

On May 4th, the first phase saw local businesses such as bookstores, hairdressers and libraries, nautical activities, golf courses, taxis, car hire and some public services including transport open with very positive results. The effects of the pandemic in Portugal has maintained its downward trend.

 

Strict sanitary safety rules include mask wearing, 2m distancing, hygiene of hands, surfaces and spaces, air ventilation as well as capacity limitations. Reserving seats and contactless payments are preferable.

 

Turismo de Portugal created the “Clean & Safe” seal to distinguish tourist activities that ensure compliance with government hygiene and cleaning requirements for prevention and control of Covid-19. This seal covers the entire tourism value chain, including hotels, accommodation, tourist entertainment and catering. There has been a huge uptake, with 4,000+ stamps already, 1,900 in the Algarve.

 

Entry into Portugal does not require quarantine, with the exception of Madeira and the Azores.

 

Thanks to clear and objective measures with early implementation, Portugal is positioning itself as an example internationally in the control and management of the pandemic. The concerted strategy of public health, of support to companies and also the strict compliance, by citizens and companies, with the instructions and guidelines issued by government, contributed a lot to the current situation.

 

Portugal remains authentic, diverse, attractive, inclusive and safe. They maintain the purpose and the commitment to welcome and to ensure that everyone who visits us can travel around the country safe and with confidence.

 

In the popular Algarve region, beaches open for tourists on 6th June, as flights from Ireland and the UK resume at Faro Airport. 21st June sees Ryanair fly from Dublin and 16th June, EasyJet from Belfast.

 

João Fernandes (President Algarve Tourism) explained that with over 100 sandy beaches and some several kilometres in length, it will be easy for visitors to distance themselves from others. This year 87 of the beaches were awarded ‘Blue Flag’ accreditation.

 

In June 75% of hotels are expected to be open. Golf courses, marinas and restaurants are already open and operating with capacity restrictions and waterparks are expected to open in June and July.  For further information about Algarve visit HERE.


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Susana Cardoso (Director of Portuguese Tourism Ireland)
Portugal’s Next Phase sees Beaches Open 6th June
Portugal is in the second phase of easing restrictions with museums and other cultural facilities including art galleries, palaces and churches open

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