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Portugal's Beaches Reopen Today

Portugal has a long Atlantic coastline stretching from Viana do Castelo in the north near the Spanish border to Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the Algarve in the south of the country.

Portugal's beaches draw hundreds of thousands of people each year but have been recently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, today, Saturday, June 6, Portugal's beaches will reopen - but with certain social distancing and other conditions in place.

Portugal's Beaches Reopen Today

Some of these regulations are:

A physical distance of 1.5 meters between people (who are not part of the same group) must be maintained

There should be a 2 - 3 meter spacing between parasols.

Sports activities with two or more people such as beach volleyball and soccer are prohibited except nautical activities, such as surf lessons and similar sports.

Parking is prohibited outside parks and orderly parking areas.

In bars and restaurants, there must be regular cleaning of spaces (minimum: four daily cleanings).

For beach sellers, there is the mandatory use of a mask and visor.

To emphasize the point Minister of Environment, Pedro Matos Fernandes was on one of the beaches on the Costa da Caparica, south of Lisbon, where he appealed to the common sense of holidaymakers in complying with the established rules.

The minister added that the much-maligned Info Praia app should be fully functional from today.

Another app giving information on the status of crowds at Portugal's beaches is Sandspace, developed by a group of high school students from Aveiro.

Portugal's Beaches Reopen Today; Info Praia App
Info Praia App


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