A number of Algarve councils have started restricting access to beaches. Portimão council today conditioned access to various areas along the coast and public spaces in the municipality to prevent crowds gathering, in light of the worsening covid-19 pandemic. Access to the recreational marina, to the most popular beaches, riverside areas and benches in public spaces and gardens is prohibited. Faro council also close access to its beach to "reduce the likelihood of contagion". Vila Real de Santo António has also closed off a number of wooden walkways that give access to its beaches.