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COVID-19 security measures in Portugal

COVID-19 security measures in Portugal

Now that the lockdown due to the coronavirus in Portugal has ended, we see the country reopening step by step according to the master plan drawn up by the Portuguese government. Several airlines, in Belgium and the Netherlands as well as in other countries, have already announced that they will be flying back to Portugal from mid-June or early July, meaning that Portugal is ready just in time to receive summer guests. In preparation for your own visit to Portugal, it is good to know what the rules are in Portugal in public areas, such as supermarkets and restaurants, but also when you use public transport or when you are going to visit a property. What can you expect and what is expected of you?

 

Like any other country, Portugal also has some basic rules including "stay at home if you are unwell or have a fever or tightness", sneezing and coughing in your elbow and avoid physical contact with others. In addition to these basic rules, there are several additional measures specifically chosen by the Portuguese government to maintain the low number of infections that Portugal has. The country has been acclaimed around the world for acting accurately at the beginning of this pandemic, and of course the Portuguese government and all Portuguese residents are committed to maintaining those low numbers.

 

What are the rules when visiting Portugal in the summer of 2020?

  • Keep 2 meters away and do not shake hands
  • Face masks are mandatory in all enclosed public areas, including restaurants, but are of course dismissed for eating and drinking. On the outside terrace, wearing a mask is not mandatory, but the advice is to have a mask with you, as the Portuguese are very careful and they can ask you to put on a mask for your own safety.
  • Masks (or visors) are mandatory when using public passenger transport
  • Restaurants can currently operate at a maximum capacity of 50% and from 1 June at full capacity, with enough space between the tables
  • On the beaches you will be asked to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from other groups, when renting a sun lounger you can rent it for the morning or afternoon so that several people can access the beach and you will be asked for departure to the beach, to check on the specially developed app called Info praia app, if the beach of your choice is not yet full. The app is one of the solutions to prevent crowded beaches this summer season. The prime minister has stated that he does not want the police to enforce these rules, but he asks people to adhere to these measures themselves.
  • Everyone is asked to preferably pay electronically
  • Avoid unnecessary touching of surfaces or objects

 

What are the safety measures for viewings?

Viewings already happen daily in Portugal. We are delighted to be able to do what we love every day and with just a few tweaks we are fully available again to assist you in your search for your dream home in Portugal. The following rules proposed by the Portuguese Real Estate Professionals and Brokers Association (also called APEMIP) are applied by Portimmo to protect you, the owners and the staff:

  • Avoid social contact and do not shake hands
  • Wear a mask and gloves (if you do not have this, Portimmo will give it to you for the viewing)
  • Use your own car to follow the real estate agent in a car to the house
  • Viewings with a maximum of two adults at the same time
  • Keep 2 meters away
  • Conversations will take place outside as much as possible
  • Wait to enter the home until the broker has fully opened the home and invites you to come in
  • Avoid touching surfaces when viewing

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you in Portugal again!

Yours sincerely

Portimmo Team.