COVID-19 measures for the beaches in Portugal

Portugal is ready to start receiving tourists again. A major attraction in Portugal is certainly its stunning beaches. For a safe travel experience, we’d like to share the COVID-19 measures for the beaches in Portugal.

Summer is coming. It will be a special summer, as we’re all super excited to enjoy the beach after lockdown. Given the ongoing risk associated with the coronavirus, it is necessary to reinvent the way in which beaches are enjoyed, stressing the need to maintain physical distance and basic sanitary measures. However, we must not forget that it is very important to keep a day at the beach a comfortable experience. 

Visit Portugal this summer COVID-19 measures for the beaches in Portugal
The Portuguese beaches are ready!

The start of the official bathing season in Portugal has been delayed a few days, to June 6th, because of the measures needed to be set regarding Covid-19. The Portuguese government has given authority to local municipalities and local maritime authorities, together with the Portuguese Environment Agency to establish and implement a series of protocols regarding the usage of beaches in Portugal. 

Beach protocols may be updated along the summer if needed, depending on the evolution of the virus. Here are some of the main COVID-19 measures for the beaches in Portugal you need to know.

  1. There will be signs (like traffic lights or similar) to indicate the occupancy of each beach and this information and other details will also be available online through an App (“Info Praias”) or on the Portuguese Environment Agency’s website:
    • Green – under ⅓
    • Yellow – ⅔
    • Red – full and you should not enter.
  2. Car parking will only be allowed in designated areas.
  3. There may be some circulation direction lanes or markings on the sand to make sure people can keep their distances while walking around.
  4. Beach towels should be separated by at least 1.5 meters between families or different groups of people and sun umbrellas will have to be at least 3 meters apart.
  5. The rental of thatched umbrellas, awnings and tents will only be allowed for half a day (either morning until 1.30 pm or afternoon after 2 pm) for up to 5 people. 
  6. Only individual sports activity will be allowed on the beach, except for nautical activities, surfing, diving and similar watersports under specific rules.
  7. Public bathrooms and showers will follow strict hygienic rules and public equipment will be sanitised frequently.
  8. Beach bars and restaurants will also follow sanitary and social distancing protocols.
  9. Beach hawkers (“vendedores ambulantes”) need to use face visor and mask.
Surfing, for example, is permitted, in groups up to 5 participants

Please remember that a safe beach experience starts with ourselves, so don’t forget these good practices for a safe beach day:

  1. Before the beach: check the flow of nearby beaches, consulting the InfoPraia app, preferring those with a lower level of occupation, marked in green, as well as monitored beaches and with quality control;
  2. When there is a high level of occupation, do not risk traveling, as it can be difficult to keep the safety distance;
  3. When accessing the beach: wear shoes, always move on the right and follow the signs that may exist on the floor and keep a distance of 1.5 meters from other users who do not belong to your group;
  4. On the beach: keep the social distance of 1.5 meters to other users, on the beach and in the sea a 3 meter spacing between parasols;
  5. At the beach bar or sanitary facilities: wear shoes, disinfect hands and keep social distance;
  6. When leaving the beach: do not leave litter or butts on the beach (masks and gloves should be deposited in general garbage containers).
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Another tip is to travel later in the season, so you’ll find beaches emptier.

Do you think these rules are acceptable, too relaxed or too strict? We hope that, despite the limitations and additional care to be taken this summer, you will enjoy the beach and the sea to the fullest. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. For more information, consult the complete guidelines.

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