I am dismayed to learn that Portugal is in negotiations with the UK to agree on an ‘air bridge’ by the end of June.
I may be having a senior moment but why actively encourage British tourists to come to Portugal when we have all worked so hard to protect the health service and spent weeks in lockdown only to throw open the floodgates to the UK which has over 281,000 reported cases (at the time of writing this) of Covid-19 (and rising) and nearly 40,000 deaths.
* Even Spain’s María Reyes Maroto said “British coronavirus figures “still have to improve” before Spain could receive tourists from the UK.” and will be resuming tourist activity gradually.
“Regarding the United Kingdom, there have been talks with tour operators but British data still have to improve, because it’s important to ensure that the person comes well and then returns well.”
How many people in the UK carry the virus but have not been tested and then travel? What happens to tourists who become sick while they are here?
Although it’s been difficult we are VERY gradually adjusting our lives to the ‘new normal’. It is heartening to see people in Portugal wearing masks in shops, public areas, etc., and by and large, adhering to the social distancing advice as we work to protect each other. It’s a socially responsible team effort that has so far reduced the number of infections.
I understand Portugal needs to get the economy back on its feet but why not encourage Portuguese to holiday at home, or work with countries which have low infection rates? Yes, people need holidays but I can’t understand why risk a second wave of infection.
Maybe ‘Air Bridge’ with the UK should be renamed COVID Bridge or Corona Bridge. However, I genuinely hope in time I will eat my words and we don’t witness a sharp rise in infections with the influx of tourists to our sanctuary.
Anyways, with the tourist season almost upon us, we are already making preparations for a further ‘personal’ lockdown during the holiday season.
Which reminds me: stock up on toilet rolls and wine – Just joking!
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