Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa has announced that the beaches will be open to the public again on June 6, although specific protocols will be used to avoid crowds and ensure distance between users.
Costa has appeared at the end of the Council of Ministers to announce some of the measures that will be adopted in the coming weeks as part of the gradual lifting of the restrictions that have been in place since March to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Portugal will finally have a bathing season on its beaches, but it will be different from the other years because the groups must keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters and be at least three meters between umbrellas or awnings. Sports activities in the sand with more than two people as well as pedal boats or water slides are also prohibited.
Costa explained that a color system is being set up so that users can see – in principle through an application – whether the beach they want to go to is red, yellow or green depending on the job. “Everyone will monitor themselves,” said the prime minister, who assumed that “you cannot have one policeman per person” and therefore no restrictions can be imposed.