Albufeira - Photo: João Chambino

Albufeira and Lagos take STEP BACK; six Algarve boroughs on ‘ALERT’

Albufeira and Lagos are taking steps back in their plans to emerge from lockdown and are each facing new restrictions, Portugal’s Minister of State and Presidency Maria Vieira da Silva revealed this afternoon after the latest Council of Ministers meeting.

Six boroughs in the Algarve are now also on the government’s ‘alert’ list due to growing cases which have topped 120 per 100,000 inhabitants. They are: Faro, Lagoa, Portimão, Olhão, Silves and São Brás de Alportel. If their Covid numbers show no improvement next week, they will also be forced to backtrack.

Loulé – which had taken a step back along with Albufeira last week – is remaining at the same stage as it was, meaning it will continue facing the same restrictions.

Restaurants, cafés and pastry shops must continue to close at 10.30pm. Cultural events must also end by the same time. Teleworking remains mandatory (when possible) and all shops and shopping centres must close by 10pm.

These same rules also apply to Lagos, which the government announced is taking a step back and is now at the same stage of its ‘deconfinement’ plan as Loulé (both boroughs have incident rates which have topped 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants twice).

The harshest restrictions in the Algarve will be in place in Albufeira, which has seen its number of cases surpass the 240 per 100,000 mark.

Restaurants, cafés and pastry shops must close by 10.30pm during the week and 3.30pm on weekends and bank holidays, while weddings and baptisms are limited to 25% of the venue’s usual capacity.
Supermarkets and other food retailers must close by 9pm during the week and 7pm on weekends and bank holidays.

Stores must also close at 9pm during the week but have earlier closing hours on the weekend and on bank holidays – 3.30pm.

For more information, visit the government’s official Covid-19 information website: https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/

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