The measures are part of a set of determinations of the chamber contained in an order that extends the state of alert in the county until 6 July, establishing the rules to be complied with to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic during the period of deflation.
The placement of signs with suggestions for one-way pedestrian paths will be the first measure to be applied by the municipality, in the district of Leiria, which intends to “avoid the crossing of people during pedestrian paths inside the walls” of the county seat.
It is “not an imposition”, but “a suggested route for tourists” who visit the village, taking into account “the social distance measures that everyone must follow”, explained the chamber in a statement.
The signs will be placed next week simultaneously with a route map, with two different entrances and two exits, and indicating the direction of circulation in the streets. By the end of the month, the council plans to install, at the entrance to the village of Óbidos, a “real time” counting mechanism for all people entering and leaving the walled perimeter, where, according to the order, the maximum limit will be of 875 people simultaneously.
The number of vehicles in the village car parks will be counted, in which the permitted limit will be 250 vehicles, says the document. As part of the measures to combat the pandemic, the chamber will also make available to visitors four mask dispensers, which will be placed at the Tourist Office, in the old market (next to the bus stop), at the village entrance and in Santa Maria Square.
At the same time, an awareness campaign for the use of a protective mask will be launched during visits to the village.
These measures are added to a set of others that have been implemented since 13 March, when the state of alert was declared at national level, and meanwhile adapted according to the evolution of the pandemic.
According to the epidemiological situation bulletin released by the Intermunicipal Community of the West (Oestecim), Óbidos recorded 13 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, of which 10 remain active and three have recovered.