Algarve Clean & Safe manual launched to help keep businesses “Covid-safe”

A good practices manual to help tourism businesses in the Algarve improve health and safety for visitors has been launched by the Algarve Tourism Board (RTA).

The manual is described as “pioneering” in Portugal and was launched shortly after the government announced the reopening of beaches on June 6.

It is aimed at hotels, restaurants, marinas, beach concessions, golf courses, water parks, tourism entertainment companies, campsites and motorhome parks, car hire companies, travel agencies, and others.

Included are guidelines from the national health board (DGS) and international authorities on hygiene and cleaning procedures, training of employees and information that should be provided to tourists and visitors.

And as the country emerges from a two-month lockdown, the Algarve has already started to welcome its first national visitors.

“The Algarve is ready to resume its tourism activities,” tourism boss João Fernandes says, adding that the “joint effort of national and regional tourism entities has been decisive”.

He hopes the manual will provide some guidance to those companies who make the Algarve a “holiday success story” but who are now facing “challenging times”.

The tourism chief is also delighted that the government has announced clearer measures regarding the reopening of beaches.

“It is important to follow all safety measures when reopening beaches and we ask citizens to be responsible and understanding during these times. The Algarve will again prove that it is the ideal destination for those who seek tranquility and relaxation,” he adds.

The Algarve Clean & Safe Manual was created in conjunction with the national tourism authority (Turismo de Portugal), car hire association ARAC, golf council CNIG, recreational port association APPR, Vilamoura Marina, tourist entertainment company Algarve Anima, hotel and restaurant association AHRESP, national and regional surf associations (APS, ANS and AESCV), and Alentejo and Algarve campsites association (APCAA).

It can be downloaded (here).