Masks & Social Distancing

  • Masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces, for example on public transport, in supermarkets, banks, cafes, restaurants, shops etc, etc. Visors are an acceptable alternative. 
  • From 28/10/20 the Government has made it mandatory that masks should be worn in outdoor environments. when social distancing is not possible. 
  • Social distancing must be maintained and 1.5 to 2 metres is recommended.
  • The Government strongly recommends use of the COVID STAYAWAY app.


  • Gatherings are limited to 5 persons, in public spaces and in commercial establishments and services.
  • Events such as weddings are limited to 50 persons.  


  • As with all establishments, supermarkets provide hand sanitising gel at the entrance.
  • If gloves are provided, these must be worn whilst inside.
  • Queues may form outside at busy times and social distancing must be maintained.
  • From 15/9/20 commercial establishments cannot open before 10am (except cafés, coffee shops, hairdressers and gymnasiums).

Shopping in General

  • There may be separate doors assigned for entering and exiting, with directional arrows and distance markers clearly visible on the floor where queues tend to form.
  • Some clothes shops are not providing changing room facilities and customers are encouraged to purchase and then try items on at home. This is in conjunction with an easy policy for returning unwanted items.
  • Many local markets are operating as usual. Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained.

The beautiful beaches in Portugal are open and free to use, as well as beach bars and cafes, however measures are in place for most supervised beaches.

  • Beach occupancy levels will be displayed using a traffic light system.  A green light means the beach is 1/3 full, a yellow light means 2/3 full and a red light means it’s completely full. Please do not travel to the beach if the light is red. Real time updates are available on an 'Info Praia' App, available for Apple and Android downloads here https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/
  • Parasols are available for hire in the morning and afternoon with a gap in the middle of the day to allow for them to be cleaned. They will be spaced 3 metres apart to allow for social distancing and masks and shoes need to be worn at beach bars and cafes. Group size is limited to 5 people.
  • No sports activities are allowed with 2 or more people, except for nautical activities, surf lessons and similar sports.
  • Parking outside official parking areas not permitted.
  • One-way pedestrian walk-ways have been set up to allow for social distancing which is ideally 1.5 metres. Social distancing must be maintained on the sand and in the sea at all times.


  • A mask or visor must be worn in restaurants except whilst seated at the table.
  • To allow for social distancing, restaurants can only open to a 50% capacity do it’s advisable to book tables.
  • Restaurants must close at 11pm.
  • From 15/9/20 cafés and restaurants within a 300-metre radius of schools will be limited to serving groups of four clients in their interiors.
  • Restaurants within commercial shopping centres to be limited to groups of four people.
  • Alcohol cannot be drunk in the street / out in the open.
  • No sale of alcohol (without food) after 8pm in any commercial establishment or service station.


  • All cash point machines are operational and are sanitised regularly.
  • Online banking is encouraged rather than visiting a branch.

Transport / Travel

  • Face masks must be worn in taxis and the front passenger seat must be kept free. Passenger occupancy cannot exceed 2/3 of the remaining space, so larger groups may need 2 taxis.
  • Hire cars with 5 seats can carry their full complement of passengers as long as they are from the same household. Larger vehicles can also carry their full complement of passengers if they are from the same household. If not, then capacity is limited to 2/3 to allow for social distancing. 
  • Public transport is running at a limited capacity and some services with reduced timetables, so it is important to check times before travelling. Face masks must be worn on public transport.
  • There are no specific restrictions on mobility within the Portuguese territory or to cross land borders, but social distancing rules and the use of face masks should always be observed.
  • During weekend 30/10-2/11/20 no travel will be permitted between council districts across Portugal save for genuine work and medical emergency reasons. 


  • Museums, monuments and cultural spaces have reopened, as have cinemas, theatres and auditoriums. Social distancing must be maintained at all times and masks must be worn. Capacity is reduced and some seats, where applicable, will not be available for use.
  • Outdoor shows can take place in a delimited venue to allow access control, even if they are free. Social distancing must be maintained and there may measures in place to prevent contact between visitors.
  • Golf courses are open and must follow the recommended health guidelines, as well as specific measures established by the Portuguese Golf Federation available at  www.fpg.pt