Portugal sets exact date for reopening hotels and beaches to tourists

There are also strict new rules – including 24-hours between guests occupying hotel rooms

ByNeil Shaw

  • 08:46, 19 MAY 2020

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Portugal has set out the exact dates it will reopen hotels and beaches for tourists along with the new rules people will have to follow.

Guests eyeing a vacation in Portugal will be able to see if it has the “Clean&Safe” seal now being awarded by local tourism officials.

The seal indicates that the establishment, be it a hotel, restaurant or other venue, has enacted recommended hygiene and safety procedures to protect against the virus.ADVERTISING

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The online classes needed to obtain the seal are being attended by around 4,000 people a week.

“It’s a question of making people feel safe to travel and having confidence in the place where they’re going,” said Luis Araujo, president of the government agency Turismo de Portugal.

The Portuguese government says discos will be the last places to open, but many hotels intend to start reopening from June 1.

Among the changes being adopted: Guests will not check into their rooms until 24 hours after the last occupant has checked out, to allow time for thorough cleaning and airing of the space. Waiting for sunbeds may come to an end as some hotel guests will get one for their own exclusive use. Buffets are unlikely to be offered, but room service is expected to thrive.MOST READ1What the huge yellow pillars sticking out of The O2 are actually there for27 amazing places to live in London’s Zone 5 with easy commutes into central3This stunning £28.5m Primrose Hill mansion is London’s most viewed property during lockdown

Portugal has come up with a plan to get people back on the sand starting on June 6. Sunbathers must stay 1.5 metres apart, with umbrellas at least three metres apart.

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New signs and an app will use a traffic-light system of red, yellow and green indicating which beaches are full, partly full or have few people. Paddle boats and water slides will be prohibited.

In an attempt to shore up public confidence, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa went to his local cafe for morning coffee and had lunch at a Lisbon restaurant with the speaker of parliament on Monday, the first day those businesses reopened after a lockdown.ADVERTISEMENT

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