Portimão sounds siren to order people gathering in the streets “to go home”

Whenever too many people are spotted gathering in the streets, Portimão’s fire station will be sounding its siren which should be understood as a clear order to go home.

This is the latest measure implemented by the council to hammer home the message that the coronavirus pandemic is serious and that the only effective way of fighting it is by self-isolating at home.

Firefighting vehicles will also be used to patrol the streets, with loudspeakers playing a message urging people to avoid “going out unnecessarily”.

Lastly, tsunami warning sirens located at Avenida Tomás Cabreira in Praia da Rocha and at Portimão’s riverside will be playing pre-recorded messages in Portuguese and English calling on people to stay home.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com