This year there is no fair in Santa Iria, Todos os Santos, São Martinho or Praia

There are no "conditions" to comply with the DGS standards at fairs, "since they involve a large concentration of people"

The Algarve's municipalities will not host the traditional annual fairs this year. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Intermunicipal Council of AMAL (Comunidade Intermunicipal do Algarve), on 5 September.

The mayors consider that "the conditions are not in place to allow the holding of annual fairs". "The decision will be maintained at least until the end of this year, until further evaluation", adds AMAL, in a press release.

Even if these fairs are to be held outdoors, they would have to comply with a set of guidelines from the General Directorate of Health (DGS) that the mayors claim “there are no conditions to be fulfilled, since they involve a large concentration of people”.

Thus, the holding, for example, of the Feira de Santa Iria, in Faro, Feira de São Miguel, in Olhão, Feira da Praia, in Vila Real de Santo António, Feira de São Francisco, in Tavira, Feira de São Martinho, in Portimão, or Feira Franca, in Lagos.

«The focus of the Presidents remains centered on protecting the health and well-being of the population of the Algarve, which is why the Intermunicipal Community of the Algarve calls, once again, so that the DGS's recommendations continue to be complied with», adds the note from AMAL.

According to what has already been announced by the Government, the entire country will enter, from 15 September, into a State of Contingency.