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      4 The Portugal News • 1 Aug  2020


      President of the Republic meets with British




      community                                The President of the Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa held an informal gathering
                                               with a small group of British nationals resident in Loulé on 26 July.

                                                                                              Portuguese government, and   strength to convince, to
                                                                                              the robust way in which it had  persuade, first, their compatriots
                                                                                              managed the pandemic.        and, later, the political leaders”,
                                                                                              Safe Communities made        he reinforced.
                                                                                              suggestions concerning a more  In addition to the community
                                                                                              standardised approach to     residing in this Algarve
                                                                                              assessing risk and that although  municipality, there are others
                                                                                              figures are important, the   working proactively to lift
                                                                                              initiatives that are being taken to  restrictions. He gave an example
                                                                                              help keep the Algarve safe, plus  of Mayors “who are making
                                                                                              the level of compliance, should  videos and testimonies of those
                                                                                              not be overlooked.           who live here to reach British
                                                                                              Towards the end of the meeting  society. It all helps a lot, it takes
                                                                                              Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa      time, but it helps”.
                                                                                              reflected that there was a great  Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
                                                                                              effort on the part of the British  reflected on the longstanding
                                                                                              community to do much, to the  association between Portugal
                                                                                              extent of their possibilities, to  and the UK that goes back many
                                                                                              “show how you are received, how  centuries. He was hopeful that
                                                                                              you live here, how you like to live  restrictions on flights from
      Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he was hopeful that restrictions on flights from Portugal would be lifted by
      Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he was hopeful that restrictions on flights from Portugal would be lifted by
      Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he was hopeful that restrictions on flights from Portugal would be lifted by
      Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he was hopeful that restrictions on flights from Portugal would be lifted by
      Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he was hopeful that restrictions on flights from Portugal would be lifted by
      the United Kingdom well before the end of the summer
      the United Kingdom well before the end of the summer
      the United Kingdom well before the end of the summer                                    here, how you want to work for  Portugal would be lifted by the
      the United Kingdom well before the end of the summer
      the United Kingdom well before the end of the summer
                                                                                              the good relationship between  United Kingdom well before the
             he meeting was         insights on various social,  over the economic impact in the  the two countries. Naturally, in  end of the summer. He was
             organised by the Mayor  economic and political issues  Algarve especially in the tourism  the economic part, in the  hopeful and encouraged more
             of Loulé, Vitor Aleixo,  concerning both Portugal and  industry, financial assistance  business part, but also in the  British nationals to choose to live
      Tand took place at the        overseas, as well as the     especially to smaller businesses  personal part“.         and invest in Portugal in the
      Palácio Gama Lobo – “Loulé    pandemic and how Portugal had  and how they would survive, as  He added: “This is very important,  future.
      Criativo” and lasted around two  dealt with it.            well as how Portugal is reflected  because diplomacy is not just  President Safe Communities
      hours. Among those attending  During the informal and      overseas as a safe country and  about ambassadors, ministers,  Portugal, David Thomas, said: “It
      was David Thomas President    engaging meeting, the president  ways this could be strengthened.  governments and heads of state.  was a unique opportunity to gain
      Safe Communities Portugal.    outlined the current situation  Safe Communities Portugal was  It is made of people. And the  an insight into the views and vast
      Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa       concerning Covid-19 and the  able to make a number of     people who live here – and there  experience of the President of
      started by outlining his, and his  outbreaks, referring to Lisbon,  observations reflecting  are many, almost 50,000 – know  the Republic, in a most open,
      family connections with the   the illegal party in the Algarve and  feedback it had received from  the Algarve very well, since the  relaxed and positive
      Algarve and how the region had  the outbreak in Monsarz.   the foreign community over the  vast majority live here   environment.
      developed as a place where    Points raised by those attending  last four months, which  permanently. They know what  “We wish to thank the Mayor of
      many foreigners live. During the  concerned safety in the Algarve in  overwhelmingly praised the  the reality is, they present the  Loulé Vitor Aleixo for his very kind
      meeting the president gave his  respect of Covid-19, concerns  excellent work of the    reality and they have a lot of  invitation and for organising this.”
      British tourists not cancelling autumn holidays
      British tourists are not cancelling holiday bookings in the country in the autumn however concerns remain regarding travel restrictions and if therictions and if the
      British tourists are not cancelling holiday bookings in the country in the autumn however concerns remain regarding travel rest
      British tourists are not cancelling holiday bookings in the country in the autumn however concerns remain regarding travel restrictions and if the
      British tourists are not cancelling holiday bookings in the country in the autumn however concerns remain regarding travel restrictions and if theBritish tourists are not cancelling holiday bookings in the country in the autumn however concerns remain regarding travel restrictions and if the
      quarantine period for those returning from Portugal will be lifted by the UK.
      quarantine period for those returning from Portugal will be lifted by the UK.
      quarantine period for those returning from Portugal will be lifted by the UK.
      quarantine period for those returning from Portugal will be lifted by the UK.
      quarantine period for those returning from Portugal will be lifted by the UK.
        Travel agencies that   exempt from quarantine on  packages with activities
      work with small groups are  arrival in the United  such as hiking or cycling in
      closely following the    Kingdom.                various parts of the country,
      guidelines of the British  John Dixon, director of  also said that the company
      government, which has so  Prestige Holidays, told  continues to maintain
      far maintained Portugal as  Lusa news agency that  reservations for trips
      a risky destination and  their customers, especially  planned for September
      advises against non-     the elderly, appreciate  and October, but is not
      essential travel, but the  peaceful destinations like  accepting new bookings.
      sector hopes that Portugal  the island of Madeira.  “For now, we hope that
                                                                               British
                                                                                British
                                                                                British
                                                                                British
      will eventually be included  Karl Watson, of Inntravel,  the restrictions will be lifted  British
                                                                                tourists are
                                                                                tourists are
                                                                                tourists are
                                                                               tourists are
      on the list of countries  an agency that offers  soon. Otherwise, refunds  tourists are
                                                                                not
                                                                                not
                                                                               not
                                                                                not
                                                       will be offered or people  not
                                                                                cancelling
                                                                                cancelling
                                                                               cancelling
                                                                                cancelling
                                                                               cancelling
      Petitions now need 10,000                        can schedule for 2021”, he  their trips
      Petitions now need 10,000
      Petitions now need 10,000
      Petitions now need 10,000
      Petitions now need 10,000
                                                                               their trips
                                                                                their trips
                                                                                their trips
                                                                                their trips
                                                       guaranteed.
                                                                               to Portugal
                                                                                to Portugal
                                                                               to Portugal
                                                                                to Portugal
                                                                                to Portugal
                                                         For Noel Josephides,
      signatures to be discussed
      signatures to be discussed
      signatures to be discussed                       director of Sunvil Holidays,  that are
      signatures to be discussed
      signatures to be discussed
                                                                                that are
                                                                                that are
                                                                                that are
                                                                               that are
                                                                                planned for
                                                                                planned for
                                                                                planned for
                                                                               planned for
                                                                               planned for
                                                       older tourists will avoid  the
                                                                                the
                                                                               the
                                                                                the
                                                                                the
      The Portuguese Parliament has approved an
      The Portuguese Parliament has approved an        travelling if there are any  autumn.
      The Portuguese Parliament has approved an
      The Portuguese Parliament has approved an
      The Portuguese Parliament has approved an
                                                                                autumn.
                                                                                autumn.
                                                                                autumn.
                                                                               autumn.
      amendment that raises the minimum number of
      amendment that raises the minimum number of
      amendment that raises the minimum number of      health risks and admits
      amendment that raises the minimum number of
      amendment that raises the minimum number of
                                                                                                                                  “The tourism industry
      signatures necessary for a petition to be discussed
      signatures necessary for a petition to be discussed  that some decided to  of the Boris Johnson   of the association of   does not want to put our
      signatures necessary for a petition to be discussed
      signatures necessary for a petition to be discussed
      signatures necessary for a petition to be discussed
                                                                                                        specialist AITO operators,
                                                       simply cancel or look for
                                                                                government.
      in a plenary session from 4,000 to 10,000.
      in a plenary session from 4,000 to 10,000.       other destinations that   “Why the hell is Portugal  Chris Rowles.       customers or anyone else at
      in a plenary session from 4,000 to 10,000.
      in a plenary session from 4,000 to 10,000.
      in a plenary session from 4,000 to 10,000.
        The final text presented by the Committee on   have been considered     not on the list of corridors  Highlighting mortality  risk, including destinations,
      Constitutional Affairs based on an initiative of the PSD  safer, such as Greece.  without quarantine? The  statistics in countries like  on the contrary. But looking
      amending the law on the exercise of the right to petition,  Spain’s sudden  [Portuguese] government  the United Kingdom, Spain  at the numbers, we think it
      had votes in favour from PS and PSD, against the  exclusion from the list of  has produced a convincing  or Portugal, Rowles regrets  would certainly be more
      remaining parties and non-registered deputies, as well  countries exempt from  and carefully crafted  the lack of dialogue with  dangerous to stay in the UK
      as the socialist MP Ana Paula Vitorino.          quarantine upon arrival in  document that describes  the authorities and  than to travel to countries
        In the original initiative, the PSD party wanted the  the UK has added further  the many steps they have  questions the criteria to  like Portugal and Greece,
      minimum number of signatures needed to discuss a  uncertainty to the sector,  taken to safeguard the  limit trips abroad, which  with their very low numbers
      petition to be 15,000, but this ended up failing and instead  which criticises the  Portuguese people and  are affecting the sector  of Covid-19 and deaths”, he
      the minimum number of signatures was set at 10,000.  decision-making process  visitors,” said the president  economically.  added.
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