Welcome to the Beach !
Feel the need for space, fresh air, the sand in your feet and sun? You definitely need to go to a Portuguese Beach.
According to The EBD (European Best Destination) Portugal has some of the safest beaches due to the low levels of COVID 19 and enhanced safety measures. The Portuguese tourism board has created a series of rules from social distancing to crowd control to make them some of the safest beaches in Europe.
Below is all you need to know:
BEACH: General Guidelines.
Excerpt of the official guidelines from the Portuguese Tourism Board.
Always check the signs:
GREEN - All Clear
YELLOW - at 2/3 capacity
RED - Beach FULL do not go in.
Using the Beach:
Use social distancing, stay at least 1.5m ( about 3 feet ) even in the water, from other people unless you are part of the same group ie: a family.
keep a 3m (about 10 feet) distance between parasols.
Sport activities ie: beach volley that require more than 2 people are not allowed except activities at sea ie: Surf and similar.
Parasols and beach huts can only be rented either in the morning or afternoon not all day.
Beach Bars and Restaurants:
Bars and restaurants have to follow all the health and safety guidelines defined by the WHO and the Portuguese Tourism Board. This includes cleaning after each person leaves and a total thorough cleaning at least 4 times a day. Operate crowd controls to limit capacity and distrubuition of the tables to meed social distancing.
Each person must avoid beach areas indicated as full for your own safety and the safety of others.
As soon as you arrive on the beach Wash your hands frequently and use hand gel. Use footwear when on walways or going to the beach bar or restaurants.
ALWAYS keep social distancing either on the sand or sea.
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Can I catch coronavirus on the beach?
Based on the previous SARS and MERS breakouts and what we know today of COVID 19, scientist estimate that there is a very low risk of transmission through water. The bigger threat, even in the water, is being close enough to an infected person to directly inhale virus particles they exhale, sneeze, or cough. At this point, there is no information about contaminated sand being a potential transmission route.
So the risk of contamination through cough and sneezes from an infected person as well as touching contaminated surfaces is still there therefore it is important to always respect all the advice from the WHO and regularly and thoroughly clean your hands and avoid touching your face and keep social distancing. Those are paramount for a safe summer!
Going to the Beach isn't without risks. The guys over at the Surfrider Foundation have created this great video where they talk about how the virus spreads and what to do to be safe.