Portuguese return to beaches on first state-sanctioned weekend

As Portugal started the process of easing down the two-month long lockdown, people were seen flocking to the beaches to enjoy the pleasant weather. This was the first state-sanctioned weekend that people get to spend on the beaches.

First state-sanctioned beach weekend

 Portuguese flocked to the ocean in as they got their first state-sanctioned beach weekend of the year.

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Confusion over orders

Prime Minister Antonio Costa, few days earlier, announced that beaches will be open from June 6. However, two days later, a government statement was issued allowing people to enjoy the becahes from May third week.

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Relief from heat

People welcomed this announcement as the rising temperatures were making them miss the pleasant beaches.

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An app to be launched soon

A smartphone app due to be in operation from June 6 is supposed to help avoid crowding by warning which bathing spots are full. In the meantime people are anticipating crowds.

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A risky move

While people were happy to return to the beaches, some of them were also worried that this might increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases.

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