Algarve tourism entities release COVID-19 statement

in News · 06-03-2020 17:19:00 · 6 Comments

The Algarve Regional Tourism board (RTA) and the Algarve Regional Health Administration (ARS Algarve) have released a statement regarding COVID-19 in the Algarve.

The statement released to the press reads: “Although no case of people infected with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Algarve has been confirmed, until 1 pm on Friday, the 6 March, and the degree of risk is constantly being assessed by the competent authorities, the Algarve Regional Health Administration (ARS Algarve) and the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA) have been following the evolution of this phenomenon in closely, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health.

“Thus, the presidents of RTA, João Fernandes, and ARS Algarve, Paulo Morgado, considered it essential to meet with associations representing the tourism sector to inform about the evolution of the epidemic, clarify the available health responses and establish prevention procedures and infection control in companies.”

Involved in the talks surrounding COVID-19 in the Algarve were the Algarve Tourism Association (ATA), the Algarve Hotels and Tourist Enterprises Association (AHETA), the Algarve Hotel and Similar Industry Association (AIHSA), the Portuguese Hotel, Restaurant and Similar Association (AHRESP), Associação da Hotelaria de Portugal (AHP), Business Association of the Algarve Region (NERA), Faro Airport, World Health and Wellness Tourism Association (AMTSBE), Rota Vicentina and Portuguese Association of Recreational Ports (APPR).

“Public and private entities have a fundamental role to play in protecting the health and safety of residents and visitors, so close cooperation between the State and companies is crucial in limiting any negative impacts on society and the economy,” said the statement.

“In this sense, the contributions of these associations were collected on the main concerns and needs identified with the respective associates, and the degree of implementation of the contingency plans at company level was also assessed. Likewise, the president of ARS Algarve made himself available to carry out a training course for hotel directors on COVID-19, which should happen soon”.

The statement concluded: “For the Algarve it is essential to ensure that the sector contributes to the containment of COVID-19, in order to guarantee security and minimise the current and future impact on the regional tourism operation.”


Bjr je me rends en Algarve la semaine du 7 mai. Jatterris a faro. Je passe par l'aéroport de porto et Lisbonne. Me conseillerez vous d'y aller ou pas?

By Barbier from Algarve on 13-03-2020 07:25

Thanks. Tel sat 7th march. Like the circle balcony. House is on rosall prom. fy5 1 LP spoke to a lady..said wld Tel tomorrow

By Redford from UK on 08-03-2020 02:58

The Algarve needs a plan in place now to protect people. WHERE DO WE REPORT TO IF WE THINK WE HAVE THE VIRUS

By Terry from Algarve on 08-03-2020 10:20

I am going to Faro on 7 th May for week .would I be advised to cancel as I am staying in Juipter Hotel

By mary Muldowney from Other on 07-03-2020 07:34

I am spending my winter in the Algarve. We travel to the various towns in the area and to shopping malls, restaurants etc. Considering the outbreak of covid 19 and the ever important message "wash your hands" I am surprised to find a number of washrooms who do not have soap to wash with...a simple and inexpensive aid to prevention! Toilette tissue also not being supplied increases the bacteria that lands in the washing areas!

By Lauren Hoshoian from Algarve on 07-03-2020 01:37

What are the measures and what is the advice for the population?

By Trevor John Roberts from Algarve on 07-03-2020 09:18
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