£85 fine for not wearing masks on Portuguese beaches

Holidaymakers face being hit in their pockets if they’re caught without wearing a face mask in Portgual.

Thousands of Brits jetted off to the “green list” country after restrictions were lifted on Monday, May 17, but could be hit with an £85 fine if they don’t adhere to the local rules.

The Mirror reports 22 flights from the UK were scheduled to land in Portugal on the day, most of which were to the southern Algarve region.

They arrived to find Algarve tourism workers handing out face masks and hand sanitisers.

Portugual imposed a strict lockdown in January to deal with a Covid surge and has now reopened restaurants and shops. There are limits in some places, and restaurants must shut by 10.30pm.

Masks must be worn while walking on the beach, and nightclubs and indoor bars that only sell alcohol are still closed.

Local media reports that the fines will also apply to people “playing football on the sand”.

Marisa Semedo, manager of a riverside cafe kiosk in Lisbon, said: “We are still living in a pandemic.

“They must take it easy, don’t drink too much, don’t get out of control because the British really like to drink.”

Portugal is one of only 12 countries on the government’s green list.

Travellers must still take a Covid test before flying out and book one for the return journey at their own expense.

However, there is however no requirement to quarantine unlike countries on the amber and red list.

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