Masks must be worn in shops and supermarkets, cafes, banks, retail outlets, public buildings, on public transport, in museums, at the doctors/hospitals (in any enclosed area). Failure to wear one results in an on the spot fine of 150 euros.
In public areas, including beaches, social distancing has to be maintained and there should be 2 metres between groups. If social distancing cannot be practised outdoors, masks must be worn.
Supermarkets/Shopping in general
• All supermarkets, mini markets and shops are allowed to have a certain number of people inside at any one time. Tickets may be given a ticket on entry that have to be handed back in at the checkout. However, there is unlikely to be any queues.
• As with all establishments, supermarkets provide hand sanitising gel at the entrance. If gloves are provided, they must be worn whilst inside and disposed of on departure.
• As wandering and browsing is frowned upon, it is advisable to plan shopping trips and make a list. The supermarkets also prefer that only one person per trolley or basket enters the store, although children can accompany their parents if they are too young to wait outside.
• Loungers and parasols are available on the busier beaches, and towels must be used on the loungers.
• It is important to respect social distancing and keep 2 metres between groups.
• Beach bars are working as usual, selling food and alcohol. Customers are reminded that they can’t take their own alcoholic drinks.
• Waterparks are open alternate days at the moment.
• Tables in the bars and restaurants have been arranged so that social distancing can be maintained. There is a limit of 6 people allowed per table, so large parties may have to split into smaller groups.
• Most restaurants, tavernas and coffee shops are open as usual in the larger towns. This may not be the case in the more rural areas as some may have opted to remain closed for the season. Restaurants, bars, cafes etc are allowed to stay open until midnight but no later.
• Cash, debit and credit cards are accepted in shops, restaurants and supermarkets.
• Banks are open but numbers allowed inside are limited. There is usually a queue outside and people are called in on an individual basis by a member of staff.
• The bus service is limited, so it is advisable to check the timetables at the bus stops before traveling. Masks must be worn on buses.
• Taxis are available and are working as usual but again, masks must be worn.
• People from the same family can travel together in a hire car up to the legal capacity of the vehicle.
• If a hire car has to be picked up away from the airport terminal, then restrictions are in place. The only person allowed in the car hire company’s vehicle is the named driver. The rest of the group must wait to be picked up at the airport by the named driver in the hire car.
• Hire cars will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before use. At the moment, staff are not allowed to get in the vehicle to explain how things work and this must all be done from the window. Similarly, staff are not allowed to load suitcases and bags into the boot.