Beaches close across the Algarve

in News · 29-03-2020 10:40:00 · 4 Comments

The City Council of Portimão has closed eight kilometers of beach and coastal areas in the municipality, to avoid crowds and contain the expansion of the Covid-19 pandemic, said a source in the municipality.

The municipality of Portimão is following a trend that has been repeated since Friday and which has already seen the Lagos, Lagoa and Loulé chambers to adopt similar measures, after verifying a greater influx of people in recent days to coastal and riverside areas.

The deputy mayor of Portimão, Filipe Vital, told Lusa that "there were people walking around on the jetty [in the city], Praia da Rocha and other beaches in the municipality" and, "in an unparalleled option", the municipality interdicted these areas, in collaboration with the local health authority, the Maritime Authority, the PSP, the GNR, firefighters and the Institute of Aid to Castaways.

"At issue is an area of ??more than eight kilometers in length, which goes from Praia da Rocha to the Ria de Alvor. This measure is part of the local action plan to combat covid-19", said the municipality.

The interdiction of the coast was accompanied by a “reinforcement of the inspection of vehicles at the entrances of the city” to avoid displacement of people from outside the municipality and who are disrespecting the determination of stay in the area of ??residence to guarantee the social isolation imposed by the health authorities .

The Câmara of Loulé also announced that it will condition access to the beaches of the municipality and the car parks of the coast, to avoid crowds of people and prevent the expansion of the covid-19 pandemic.

The purpose of the measure is “to dissuade the population from taking group tours or in areas where people gather, as has been seen in the past few days in certain natural areas of the municipality”, when Easter is approaching, justified the municipality.

On Friday, the municipality of Lagos prohibited circulation on the promenade on the riverside front of Avenida dos Descobrimentos, on the county's beaches, sea fronts and parking lots, due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The decision was made for an “indefinite period” in areas that were identified as “pleasant places” and “more conducive to the concentration of people”, being “susceptible to generate behavior contrary to the objectives that led to the imposition of the state of National Emergency” and that aim at social isolation, argued the municipality.

The Algarve Intermunicipal Community (AMAL) had already warned about the arrival of people to settle in holiday homes or second homes, considering that this behavior can increase the cases of Covid-19 in the region and appealing to people from other regions of the country to remain in their first residences as long as these restrictive and social isolation measures are in place.


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By Phillip Dell from UK on 31-03-2020 10:15

I don't understand why people can't continue to have their physical activity, adults can take responsibility, you can exercise in open areas and maintain your distance. I paid for personal training after I suffered damage nerve endings and neuropathy and now I am told that I can not continue till June.

I need to promote circulation in some way before I become more paralyzed.

By Elizabeth from Algarve on 30-03-2020 09:09

It makes no sense at all. If people want to gather they will anyway. Maybe better information campaign for that would help. But people should be able to go for a walk or jogging. Just keep distance to others. Same for bicycles. No spread of the virus through these activities!

How will Portugal achieve immunization against this virus anyway? Cannot lock down the country for 2 years...

By Thomas Wissmann from Lisbon on 29-03-2020 11:30

I think it is strange that the authorities are closing the beaches. Beaches are ideal for walks. And people need to exercise, because it makes the immune system stronger. And people need walks and fresh air for their mental health. Same with the golf courses, which are all closed now. Both on beaches and golf courses it is very easy to have at least 2 meters between people, because we are talking about vast areas. If you allow people to go to supermarkets with the 2 meters rule in mind, beaches and golf courses, should be in good order. Supermarkets are indoor, while beaches and golf courses are out in the open air.

By Robert Agnarsson from Algarve on 29-03-2020 11:16
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