The National Republican Guard (GNR), on Sunday, issued dozens of fines for administrative offenses to both establishments and people in Albufeira, in relation to the blatant disregard of the rules imposed due to the pandemic by a recent influx of young tourists, a GNR source told press this week.
According to the source, GNR personnel were first called on Sunday night to disperse hundreds of people of various nationalities who were concentrated along a public road and consuming alcoholic beverages on Rua da Oura – a well-known street in Albufeira infamous for its number of bars- in opposition to law and recommendations of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
Despite nightclubs being closed, establishments were able to circumvent government guidelines by applying for “snack-bar” licenses, which allow them to serve alcohol up until 11pm.
"Several administrative offenses were issued to dozens of people for the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and to the owners of establishments that operated outside legally authorized hours," he said.
According to the source, who was unable to specify the number of infractions and infraction notices raised by the GNR, "there have been daily violations detected in the area" subsequently throughout this week, namely “disregard for rules imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and establishments operating after midnight, facilitating drinking alcohol on public roads " within close proximity of others without any masks in sight.
The same source added that the GNR has since reinforced actions to raise awareness among people and the owners of establishments about the risks that concentrations of people pose in this pandemic period, clarifying the mandatory use of a mask in closed spaces and for social distancing. "Despite the daily reinforcement of awareness-raising actions, people still do not respect the indications," he said.
For his part, the Mayor of Albufeira, José Carlos Rolo, told the Lusa news agency that the municipality will improve awareness actions among the owners of the catering and beverage establishments in the city, alerting them to the mandatory compliance with DGS rules on his part also.
"As of Wednesday, we will not only have meetings with the owners, but we will have a van circulating on the streets with speakers emitting information, indicating the measures in force in Portugal", he said.
According to Rolo, the abnormal concentrations of people detected in the last few days at Rua da Oura, "have been mainly young foreigners who are on celebratory trips, mostly Dutch", after having graduated from high school recently.
"I assume that the rules and recommendations in the Netherlands are different from those in force in Portugal and that young people do not wear masks and do not respect the distance rules, due to lack of knowledge", he concluded.
You must really go out of your way to find these crackpots on the web, but there again I guess you can even prove black is white if you try hard enough and have a tendency to denial! Love this below, Douglas Adam's...
The argument goes something like this: "I refuse to prove that I exist,'" says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."
"But," says Man, "The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED."
"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
"Oh, that was easy," says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.
And there he is, on the first video extract, Andrew Wakefield. Am I surprised? No.
GOING to a pub or gig will put you most at risk of catching coronavirus, doctors in America have warned.
The Texas Medical Association released a chart on Wednesday that compares the risk levels for popular activities and the likelihood of contracting the bug.
David, if you want to charge around town spreading the virus whilst claiming that you are too young to die from it, that's up to you.
Virtually the entire medical profession and all but a couple of governments are taking this very seriously. At least have the decency not to spread the virus to vulnerable people and desist from encouraging others to risk their lives.
Schöning. "What will be the ideal outcome? ... no more afraid than normal flu waves..." Foregone conclusion.
Haditsch: .."as a holistically oriented physician.." "Bergamo is not Italy... slaughterhouses wherever are not Germany". Obviously these don't count for him.
And my insults? I've just quoted stuff that you and D post.
Thank you Norman, you should be working for the BBC as your spreading of misinformation is typical of that organisation.
Holistic medicine??? Did you even check out these people's qualifications? Of course not you are only here to throw insults when someone disagrees with your point of view. Same goes for JC, talking about head in the sand!
For the benefit of the other ADN readers, the people speaking in the video are:
Prof. Martin Haditsch's expertise are in infectious disease, epidemiology, immunology and microbiology. The other two are Dr Bodo Schiffmann and Dr. Heiko Schöning MDs. They have been joined by a number of German and Austrian scientists, physicians, sociologists including Prof. Dr. Sucharit Bhakdim a German specialist in microbiology and infection epidemiology.
Oh, wow, what an impressive bunch. Holistic medecine and blathering on about 'our' freedoms. They'd have treated people in ICUs with mantras and homeopathy. Except, no, they wouldn't because the disease doesn't exist, and if it does exist it's past its peak and nobody dies of it, they just die with it. Except no, it's all the fault of the corrupt lying media.
And they've already reached their conclusions before starting. Well done.
How about some updated statistics
The death toll in the United States from the COVID-19 pandemic rose above 130,000 people Monday, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
The U.S. leads the world not only in terms of coronavirus deaths but total number of confirmed cases, with 2.9 million. The nation has reported over 50,000 new daily confirmed cases during the first week of July, with many states posting a record number of single-day new cases. The figures support Monday’s declaration by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, that the United States is “still knee-deep in the first wave” of the pandemic
Your denials are dangerous and you should be locked up as a danger to society