Portugal sets exact date for reopening hotels and beaches to tourists

Portugal has set the exact dates when it will reopen hotels and beaches for tourists, along with the new rules that people must follow.

Guests looking at a holiday in Portugal can see if it has been awarded the “Clean & Safe” seal of approval, which is now awarded by local tourists.

The seal indicates that the establishment, whether it is a hotel, restaurant or other location, has adopted recommended hygiene and safety procedures to protect against the virus.

The online classes required to obtain the seal are attended by approximately 4,000 people per week.

“It’s about people feeling safe to travel and trusting where they are going,” said Luis Araujo, president of the government agency Turismo de Portugal.

The Portuguese government says discos are the last places to open, but many hotels plan to reopen from June 1.

Among the changes that are adopted: guests will not check into their rooms until 24 hours after the last occupant has checked out, so that there is time for thorough cleaning and ventilation of the room. Waiting for sunbeds can end when some hotel guests get one for their own exclusive use. Buffets are unlikely to be offered, but room service is expected to thrive.

Portugal has come up with a plan to get people back on the sand from June 6. Sun worshipers should stay 1.5 meters apart, with umbrellas at least three meters apart.

New signs and an app use a traffic light system of red, yellow and green that indicates which beaches are full, partly full or have few people. Pedal boats and water slides are prohibited.

In an effort to boost public confidence, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa went to his local cafe for morning coffee and had lunch at a Lisbon restaurant on Monday with the President of Parliament, the first day those companies reopened after a blockage .

Even with all efforts to make tourists feel safe, the concerns about the coronavirus don’t go away.


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