A total of 5,700 vouchers to be used at local restaurants are being handed out to health professionals and frontline workers in Albufeira.
Health professionals will receive two vouchers, one for themselves and another for their companion, each worth €20.
The campaign aims to accomplish two goals: “recognise and thank those who have been giving the most of themselves during all these months for others, many times in extremely difficult physical and psychological conditions, as well as support the local economy at a time of great difficulties for companies,” said Albufeira Mayor José Carlos Rolo.
While it represents a €120,000 investment for local coffers, Rolo recognises that it won’t “be enough to solve all problems, as the restaurant sector was one of the most affected by the pandemic.”
“However, it is an important aid to keep companies from closing and to strengthen them and have them ready to welcome tourists when they start arriving in March/April,” he added.
Apart from the local council, the initiative is backed by retailers association ACRAL and hotel, restaurant and similar businesses association AHRESP.
The protocol was signed on the same day that the first health professionals in the Algarve received the long-awaited Covid-19 vaccine.
“Science was able to do something extraordinary by producing a vaccine in record time, which allows us to be confident about the future and a return to normal,” the mayor said.