COVID: Portugal has highest Vaccinated rate in the World. October 1 is “Freedom Day”!

Portugal has fully vaccinated 84% of its 10.3 million population, thus surpassing every country in the World on this measure. The average among the 27 EU countries is 61.6%, in Canada is 69.8%, in the UK is 65.3%, while in the USA is 54.2%.

Consequently the Government announced today that will lift pretty much all restrictions by October 1 – e.g. Discos, Bars, Restaurants, etc., will now be allowed to operate at full capacity, after dealing with restrictions over the last 19 months. However, indoors access will be granted solely to individuals with a Vaccination Certificate – approved by EU, which includes certificates issued by most non-EU countries as long as those individuals were vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) – or a negative Covid test (e.g. self-rapid test). The Portuguese Government will disclose more specifics by October 1.

You can read more details from these 3 sources:

https://www.euronews.com/2021/09/23/portugal-has-the-highest-covid-19-vaccination-rate-in-the-world

COVID-19 e Regras nas Praias (Beach Rules)

(ENGLISH TRANSLATION BELOW)

Com vontade de ir para a Praia? Leia este resumo das regras.

Não cumprir as regras estabelecidas nas praias este ano pode dar multa de 100 a 500 euros aos banhistas.

Deveres dos banhistas:

a) Cumprir as normas e orientações emitidas pela Direção-Geral da Saúde (DGS) em matéria de etiqueta respiratória;

b) Assegurar o distanciamento físico de segurança entre utentes no acesso e na utilização da praia e no banho no mar ou no rio – e aqui o diploma inclui disposições como ser obrigatório distância de três metros entre chapéus, no máximo cinco pessoas por toldo ou o facto de ser obrigatório usar calçado na utilização de instalações ou duches.

c) Proceder à higienização frequente das mãos;

d) Usar máscara até chegar ao areal sempre que o distanciamento físico recomendado pelas autoridades de saúde se mostre impraticável;

e) Evitar o acesso a zonas identificadas com ocupação elevada ou plena;

f) Cumprir as determinações das autoridades competentes;

g) Depositar os resíduos gerados nos locais destinados a esse efeito.

Fonte / Source:

https://sol.sapo.pt/artigo/734957/tr-s-metros-entre-chapeus-e-raquetes-so-com-praia-com-pouca-gente-saiba-quais-sao-as-regras-nas-praias-e-o-que-da-multa?

ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

Ready to go to Beach in Portugal? Read this summary of the rules.

Failure to comply with the rules laid down on the beaches this year could lead to a 100 to 500 euro fine for swimmers.

Individual’s Duties at the Beach:

a) Comply with the norms and guidelines issued by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) in terms of respiratory etiquette;
b) Ensure the physical safety distance between users when accessing and using the beach and when bathing in the sea or in the river – and here the diploma includes provisions such as mandatory a distance of three meters between hats, a maximum of five people per awning or the fact that it is mandatory to wear shoes when using facilities or showers.
c) Proceed with frequent hand hygiene;
d) Wear a mask until you reach the beach whenever the physical distance recommended by the health authorities proves to be impractical;
e) Avoid access to areas identified with high or full occupation;
f) Comply with the determinations of the competent authorities;
g) Deposit the waste generated in the places destined for that purpose.

May 17 Portugal opens to UK and most EU tourists

The Portuguese Government has announced that on Monday (May 17) Portugal will allow entry to tourists from UK and EU countries with “less than 500 cases of infections per 100,000 people”, but “passengers must show a negative coronavirus (PCR) test on arrival” and done at most 72 hours prior to traveling. More details in links below.

News Source:

https://news.yahoo.com/portugal-allow-eu-uk-tourists-114237783.html

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office:

https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police:

https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/covid-19/faqs/#1596230859073-a1cdfe6a-4ada

Latest COVID-19 travel rules (Links to Portuguese Government)

If you are looking for information about travel rules and COVID-19 requirements per country of origin, these are two essential sources of information in Portugal:

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office:

https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police:

https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/covid-19/faqs/#1596230859073-a1cdfe6a-4ada

Government announces new COVID-19 plan

March 11th, 2021

As the COVID-19 situation is again under better control after the Christmas Holidays spike, the Portuguese government just announced the plan to end the “confinement”. The link below gives you a summary of the measures and key dates in English, as well as a link to the original document in Portuguese. Briefly, the reopening of the activities that have been severely restricted since Christmas, for example bars and restaurants, will begin gradually on March 15 and the impact of the incremental freedoms assessed every 2 weeks. By April 5, outside seating (open air) in bars and restaurants will be allowed (with a maximum of 4 people per table). By April 19, indoor seating in bars and restaurants is expected to be allowed, and venues like shopping malls, theaters and cinemas will open. By May 3, there will be very little restrictions – e.g. big outdoor events will be allowed, and Weddings can resume at 50% indoor capacity.

Know that hotels and Lodging remain open, without any restrictions (besides the health and hygiene guidelines issued early in the pandemic). However, know there still are travel restrictions, particularly for countries NOT in the European Union.

DO YOUR PART AND BE STAY SAFE.

Greetings from Portugal. Links below:

ENGLISH SUMMARY OF THE PLAN:

Portugal’s PM presents country’s “step-by-step” deconfinement plan: Monday sees life begin to open

The plan in PORTUGUESE (PDF file):

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Praias abertas desde 19 Maio / Beaches open since May 19

(English version available below the Portuguese text)

Foi com grande alegria que recebemos a notícia que desde segunda-feira, 19 de Maio, já se pode ir à praia, estender a toalha na areia e dar uns mergulhos! – embora mantendo as regras de distanciamento.

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O avô Vitor e o neto Augusto foram logo dar um mergulho quando souberam da notícia!

“A diferença entre ir à praia agora ou a partir do dia 6 (de Junho) é que, nessa altura, as regras serão mais apertadas, a vigilância policial aumentada e os nadadores-salvadores já estarão de serviço. Será a abertura oficial da época balnear.” – como menciona o artigo do jornal Público, que também explica as regras em mais detalhe

Lei: Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 38/2020

Embora com cuidados adicionais, cá vos aguardamos para umas merecidas férias em MONTE GORDO!

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The Portuguese Government has lifted the prohibition to access beaches, effective on May 19th. Until further notice, people can now go to the beach, put down their beach towels, enjoy the sun and dive in the ocean.

The first link above is an article from a premier Portuguese newspaper  (Público), describing the new law (second link).

The picture shows grandpa Vitor and grandson Augusto immediately going to the beach once they heard the news!

Despite the additional precautionary measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we look forward to welcome you for a well deserved vacation in MONTE GORDO!

Covid-19

(ENGLISH message below the Portuguese)

Esta foi uma das semanas mais stressantes das nossas vidas. O status quo mudou tão drásticamente e rápidamente. Esperamos que todos vocês estejam de boa Saúde! Felizmente, todos os nossos hóspedes estão bem, quer seja nos nossos apartamentos ou de volta às suas casas.

Agora, temos todos de continuar a AGIR de acordo com as mais recentes regras de saúde e segurança para o nosso próprio bem, das nossas famílias, amigos, comunidades, países, e do mundo.

A SEASUN continuará aqui para vocês voltarem a gozar aqueles maravilhosos dias de praia quando, unidos, pararmos a maldita pandemia Covid-19.

Em nome da Equipa Seasun, o nosso sentido agradecimento e votos de Força para os verdadeiros Heróis: os profissionais de Saúde e todos os outros que continuam a ter de sair de casa para providenciar bens e serviços essenciais!

Força Monte Gordo! Força Portugal! Força Mundo!
Apenas UNIDOS no CUMPRIMENTO das regras de saúde e segurança conseguimos parar este maldito vírus mais rápidamente!

VOTOS de Boa Saúde para todos Vós!

ENGLISH MESSAGE

This past week was one of the most stressful of our lives. The status quo has changed so dramatically and quickly. We hope to find you all in good health! Fortunately, all our guests are in good health, either at our apartments or back home.

Now, we all have to continue to ACT according to the latest health and safety rules for our own sake, that of our families, friends, communities, countries, and the world.

SEASUN will remain here for you to enjoy those wonderful beach days again when, united, we stop the malicious Covid-19 pandemic.

On behalf of Seasun’s team, our heartfelt thank you and best wishes to the true Heroes: Health professionals and everyone else who continues to have to leave their home to provide us all with essential goods and services!

Be strong Monte Gordo! Be strong Portugal! Be strong World!
Only UNITED in COMPLYING with health and safety rules can we stop this malicious virus more rapidly!

WISHES of Good Health to all of you!