Covid-19: Tourists can move between counties despite restrictions

According to the clarification sent by the office of the Secretary of State for Tourism, Rita Marques, to the Portuguese Hotel, Restaurant and Similar Association (AHRESP), the restrictions on movement between municipalities, in the period between 00:00 on October 30 and at 06:00 am on November 03, they do not apply to “foreign tourists, as well as national citizens residing in the autonomous regions and outside Portugal” for places such as tourist developments and local accommodation.

Only tourists are allowed to move between municipalities, despite the restrictions in force between October 30 and November 03, to stop contagion with the new coronavirus, AHRESP said today, citing a clarification from the executive.

According to the clarification sent by the office of the Secretary of State for Tourism, Rita Marques, to the Portuguese Hotel, Restaurant and Similar Association (AHRESP), the restrictions on movement between municipalities, in the period between 00:00 on October 30 and at 06:00 am on November 03, they do not apply to “foreign tourists, as well as national citizens residing in the autonomous regions and outside Portugal” for places such as tourist developments and local accommodation.

In a previous statement, AHRESP had pointed out that, in its view, the prohibition in question did not apply to accommodation reservations previously made.

In its reading of the diploma, AHRESP understands that the reservations previously made, whether in the field of Tourism Accommodation, or in the field of family and corporate events, "are accommodated" in the part of the resolution that indicates that this restriction does not apply " travel by non-resident citizens to places of proven residence ”.

However, at the time, the association said that it would ask for a clarification from the tutelage.

Earlier this week the Association of Hospitality of Portugal (AHP) called for the ban on travel between municipalities to exclude hotel reservations made before the measure was announced.

This measure was approved at the meeting of the Council of Ministers held on October 22, noting the AHP that caused "immense disruption and cancellations" with some hotel establishments, in the "expected reservations of small groups, national and foreign".

Just over a week after the Council of Ministers announced the return of the state of calamity, due to the increase in cases of contagion by the new coronavirus, on October 22, the ban on movement between municipalities of the continent was approved, during the end week corresponding to the All Souls Day, with measures similar to Easter.

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