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News from afpop - Friday 21st of May 2021 update

- 21-05-2021

News from afpop - Friday 21st of May 2021 update

Included in this briefing: 1. State of Calamity, 2. Office visits, 3. Restriction reminder, 4. Who stays behind?, 5. Beaches, 6. Flights to Portugal, 7. Reopen Europe website, 8. The islands, 9. Covid across Portugal

The government’s now weekly assessment has been made and the State of Calamity is to continue until 23h59 on 30th of May. Almost all of the country is now in ‘Stage 4 deconfinement’, with some exceptions which I’ve highlighted below.
I remind you again of the president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s, warning, that “the virus has not disappeared, the pandemic is not over and we must do everything to avoid a setback.
Office visits:
Sadly, there is still no news about the end of ‘teletrabalho’, so the afpop office will remain closed to visitors for the time being, I hope that Members will be able to visit the office in Portimão very soon.
A reminder of what is open for the majority of the country:
  • Restaurants, cafes and pastelarias (6 per table inside/10 on terraces) until 22h30
  • Stores and shopping centres may open until 21h00 on weekdays and 19h00 on weekends
  • All sports centres and gyms, which may now resume group classes
  • All outdoor physical activity
  • Major outdoor and indoor events with reduced attendance (according to DGS rules)
  • Cultural events until 22h30
  • Weddings and baptisms with 50% of the limit capacity
  • The land border with Spain is open without border controls
  • All sports and outdoor activities are permitted
  • Water parks may now open, observing guidelines from DGS
  • Children’s amusement parks, again with DGS guidelines
  • Mobile amusement equipment may again be used, within DGS guidelines
Who stays behind?
The level 2 rules of April 19th, apply to the municipalities of Arganil, Lamego, Montalegre and Odemira.
More information can be found on
The law covering rules for beaches (Decreto-Lei 35-A/2021) applies, with the necessary adaptations, also to the use of outdoor swimming pools.
General rules:
  • Physical distancing of 1.5 m between beachgoers, (who are not part of the same group) including  in the sea;
  • Wear a mask until you reach the sand area;
  • Deposit the trash generated in the places destined for that purpose;
  • Sporting activities with 2 or more are forbidden (except for nautical activities, surf lessons and similar sports);
  • Beach access traffic light/flag system (information updated continuously on the InfoPraia app):
Green: 50% occupancy
Yellow: between 50% and 90% occupancy
Red: more than 90% occupancy
  • When circulating on corridors and boardwalks the physical distance of 1.5 m between each user must be maintained and the use of a mask is obligatory;
  • The use of footwear and mask is obligatory in any sanitary facility, in restaurants and shoes are obligatory when using outdoor showers.
  • Parasols and tents must have 3m distance between them;
Violation of the rules indicated above can result in a fine of between 50 and 100 euros.
Flights to Portugal:
The Portuguese government has lifted its ban on non-essential travel from the UK on 17th of May. This puts the UK under the same rules as other EU countries. Travellers will be required to show a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of departure (not required for children under 2 years of age). Your airline is likely to deny boarding if you cannot provide evidence of a negative PCR test at check-in.
Before travelling to Portugal, visitors from the UK should ensure they have more than six months validity left on their passports.
Those visiting Portugal from countries who are obliged to comply with the 14-day mandatory isolation in Portugal must register with SEF - Foreigners and Borders Service before entering the country at where they can select how they are entering the country and complete the appropriate form. (This is currently Brazil, Croatia, Cyprus, India, Lithuania, Netherlands, South Africa and Sweden).
For British Members you can see the UK travel advice on:
Members from other countries here:
Reopen Europe:
As Europe begins to reopen, the restrictions in force will vary from country to country. In this link: you can find information on each country for those who will be travelling across the continent, including quarantine and testing requirements.
The islands:
The links below will take you to the Covid pages for the islands.
Covid across Portugal: 
In this link you can see the current infection situation in Portugal. The website is in Portuguese and you can select the latest report each time it is updated by the government. In this link  you can find the current status of the vaccination programme in Portugal

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