Lagoa Council has cancelled several events this month due to rising Covid numbers.
Among the planned events are the Christmas fairs that were due to take place in Ferragudo, Lagoa and Carvoeiro as well as the municipality’s flea market, monthly market and the ‘Olimpíadas Jovens’, a competition that gives primary students their first opportunity to try out a number of sports.
The musical ‘O Sonho do Ernesto’ has also been scrapped as well as the ‘Carols on the Cliffs’ which were planned to take place near Carvoeiro church on December 16.
As the council explains, the borough is now approaching the “extremely high-risk level” (960 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and case numbers are expected to continue increasing unless more restrictive measures are implemented.
“Given the number of positive Covid-19 case numbers in the borough, the region and the country, as well as the approaching festive season, we have had to make some difficult but extremely important decisions,” said Lagoa Mayor Luís Encarnação.
The mayor called on locals to “follow the guidelines from the DGS (national health board)” in order to help bring the pandemic under control.
Several municipalities throughout the Algarve and across Portugal have been cancelling or adapting events due to the worsening epidemiological situation, which health authorities in the Algarve described this week as “worrying” (click here).
Regional health delegate Ana Cristina Guerreiro has explained that “numbers are high and are expected to continue rising, putting pressure on health services”, and that the cold weather makes people more susceptible to infection.
Reducing the number of interactions between people during the Christmas season has become the main recommendation by the DGS.
Health authorities also continue to encourage the population to get vaccinated, and the national health board (DGS) has already approved the roll-out of vaccines for children aged five to 11 (click here).