Latest update: April 9th, 2021
If you’ve booked a holiday to Ericeira in 2021 (or you are planning to) and you are wondering what the situation is like with the coronavirus, this blog is for you. We will tell you what it’s like now in Ericeira, and about the rules and regulations the Portuguese government is implementing to keep everyone safe and healthy.
CURRENT SITUATION IN ERICEIRA
At the moment covid numbers are low due to the strict lockdown Portugal was in from January 15th-April 5th. Since April 5th small shops and terraces are open again. After April 19th bigger shops and malls will open again, and restaurants can be open until 13.00h in the weekends. From May 3rd, restaurants will open with normal working hours.
Social distancing is obviously advised everywhere. So it is important to keep a minimum of 1,5-2 meters distance at all times. In all closed public spaces, such as a shop or supermarket, a face mask is required. Tables in restaurants are separated to comply with the social distancing rules. Inside a restaurant you need to wear a mask, unless you are sitting down at your table.
Disinfection handgel is available at every establisment, also at Olá Onda. Surfing, walking, fishing and sunbathing on the beach is all allowed, but again with social distancing. Between towels of different groups of people there must be 2 meters, between umbrella’s 3 meters. In reality we see everyone is obeying and understanding these rules here in Ericeira, whilst trying to get their business up and running again, or enjoying their free time. Health is taken very seriously by the Portuguese people.
SUMMER IN ERICEIRA?
Just like everywhere, it is very hard to foresee what will happen in the next months. In case you are planning to come to Ericeira this summer, we would like to give you the following advice:
1. Make sure to rent a car. That way you can avoid public transport and taxi’s. Also, you will have the freedom to explore and find a quiet beach where you can distance yourself. The area has so many empty beaches, and we are happy to let our guests know where to find them.
2. Bring a face mask. These are required in all closed-off public spaces such as supermarkets, bakeries, shops and restaurants (unless you are sitting at your table). Make sure to keep this face mask with you at all times, because they don’t make exceptions here in Portugal.
3. Check your government’s travel advice for Portugal before booking. However, please get in touch with us if you are in doubt, because many countries have issued a negative travel advice for (parts of) Portugal, even though Ericeira is not a dangerous or risky area.
We look forward to welcome you to Olá Onda!
If you have any other questions, or need to know more about our cancellation/reschedule policy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!