António Pina, president of the Algarve Municipalities Association (AMAL), and Jorge Botelho, the region’s pandemic coordinator

AMAL boss calls for “tougher restrictions” for 15 days

The president of the Algarve Municipalities Association (AMAL) is urging the government to implement “tougher restrictions” for 15 days to bring the epidemiological situation under control and save what is left of this summer for the Algarve.

António Pina believes this period should be used to “intensify” the country’s vaccination programme and vaccinate as many people as possible, he told Antena 1 radio on Thursday.

Pina, who is also mayor of Olhão, defends that events like weddings and baptisms should be called off during this two-week period and, “if necessary,” the number of people allowed at a single table at a restaurant should also be reduced.

In his view, this is the only way the region can recover in time to salvage something from this summer.

Portugal’s epidemiological situation has been worsening over the last few weeks. Yesterday, the country registered 2,449 new cases and five deaths. The number of people hospitalised due to Covid-19 is also up to 509, with 113 requiring intensive care.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com