Golf courses, marinas, and some hotels are already open with strict health protocols in place, and over a third of hotels in the region are open with the tourism board expecting this to rise to 75 percent in June and most to be open in July.
João Fernandes, President of Algarve Tourism said: “The country was quick to adopt preventive measures and extensive testing at an early stage to mitigate the spread of the pandemic, and as a result, we have had much fewer cases than other European countries. Furthermore, the Algarve is one of the least affected regions in Portugal, and so we are now in a position to carefully plan a gradual reopening of its economic and social activity”.
The ATA maintains that beaches will open in June, with health regulations and procedures in place, that restaurants will open on 18 May with 50 percent capacity restrictions and that water parks will open in June and July.
João Fernandes says that “As a result of a large effort by the national authorities, public and private sector agents in the region to define the best practices in terms of safety and security, the Algarve is ready to restart its tourist activity. Sector agents in the region are strongly committed to reopening their businesses in a gradual, responsible and safe manner.”
PORTUGAL, THE 3RD SAFEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
Portugal is in the top 3 of the 2019 Global Peace Index (GPI), the ranking of the safest countries in the world published annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace. Portugal is beaten only by Iceland and New Zealand on this list of the safest countries.
The top 5 safest countries in the world are as follows:
- New Zealand
Ryanair will be back flying in and out of Portugal from July 1.
Wilson guarantees that Ryanair will work in “strict collaboration with health authorities to guarantee flights respect as much as possible measures to limit the propagation of Covid-19”.