Going to the beach

The bathing season has started and after a few months at home it feels good to spend a few days on the beach enjoying the outdoors and feeling the sea breeze.

The Portuguese Atlantic coast with a wide variety of mostly white and fine sandy beaches, a long summer, and many hours of sunshine spread throughout the year make Portugal an excellent beach destination and a good option for your next vacation.

The quality and beauty of Portuguese beaches are well known, and we know that choosing one is not easy. We have 360 beaches awarded with the European Blue Flag and 208 considered Accessible Beach!

So you can visit them with full peace of mind, we share with you this summer’s rules for visiting the beaches. To help you choose the best beach, an information system was implemented that shows the level of occupancy using signs:

– Green: low occupancy (1/3)
– Yellow: high occupancy (2/3)
– Red: full occupancy (3/3)

That information will be updated in real time on the “Info Praia” app (available for iOS and Android) and oon the Portuguese Environment Agency’s web site – https://infopraia.apambiente.pt.

Reopening plan /3rd Phase

During the outbreak of pneumonia by the new Coronavirus – COVID-19 the Portuguese government has been taking all necessary public health measures to protect the entire population, and is currently in the 3rd phase of the reopening plan, which started in may.  The analysis of the evolution of the outbreak is constant and implementation of new measures will be carried out whenever necessary.

General behaviour guidelines were enacted, in which all people must adopt a social distance (2 meters) and the use of face masks is mandatory in public transport and services, shops and supermarkets, in closed spaces or in places with many people.

In order to prevent the spread of the virus and the possibility of contagion, all services should take hygiene and sanitisation measures according to the indications of the Directorate-General for Health, with specific recommendations for various sectors of activity.  In tourism, the “Clean & Safe” seal, defined by Turismo de Portugal, was implemented, which allows tourists to have greater security and confidence in the use of accommodation establishmentsin the various tourist services and tourist attractions.

In the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, both regional governments have enacted some specific measures.

Detailed information about the Deconfinement Plan at https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/ (in Portuguese)
Azores – https://covid19.azores.gov.pt
Madeira – www.visitmadeira.pt

Clean & Safe Certificate

Considering the widespread concern in the resumption of economic and social activity as soon as the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic allows, Turismo de Portugal created a “Clean and Safe” stamp of approval to distinguish tourist activities which are compliant with hygiene and cleaning requirements for the prevention and control of COVID-19 and other possible infections.

As of April 24, tourism enterprises, tourist entertainment companies and travel agencies, companies that have an official registration with the National Tourist Authority, will be able to request certification as a “Clean and Safe” establishment. After companies have submitted the Declaration of Commitment, they can publicise the “Clean and Safe” stamp, either physically on their premises or in their digital platforms.

With this measure, Turismo de Portugal intends to inform companies on the hygiene requirements and cleaning measures to ensure the safety of various establishments, according to the recommendations of the DGS – Directorate-General for Health, as well as promoting Portugal as a safe destination from the point of view of care with the spread of the Virus, reinforcing the confidence of those who visit the country.

This validation is free and optional and is valid for one year. It will require the implementation of an internal protocol that will ensure the necessary hygiene measures to avoid risks of contagion and guarantee safe procedures for the operation of tourist activities.

In the event of a suspected case there will always be an employee responsible for following the necessary procedures (including escorting the person to the isolation area and providing the necessary medical assistance). It will also be assured the contact with Directorate General for Health and in accordance with its recommendations, the isolation area will always be decontaminated after a positive or suspected case of infection, in particular, frequently touched surfaces.

Turismo de Portugal, in coordination with the competent entities, will carry out audits of establishments that join this “Clean and Safe” initiative.

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