Information to pilgrims in times of COVID is a section that we have decided to write and that we will update so that we can all have all the information possible.
Our recommendation is to stay at home, be careful and leave the camino plans for when the situation is better given the current situation and the ORDER of November 4, 2020 of Xunta de Galicia, where COVID prevention measures are established that require, among other things at the closure of the hotel business, mobility limits and convincing social meetings in 60 municipalities in Galicia.
However, we warn that there are pilgrims making the camino, there are many who need information to manage their journey because returning home means arriving at the airport in Santiago, something that we already experienced in March, so we want to make several clear points:
1. Can pilgrims go on their way?
Pilgrims can pass through the perimeter municipalities in transit, as long as it is solely and exclusively to continue their journey. Pilgrims who have already been on their way since October 30 will be able to access Santiago and spend the night in the capital.
2. What schedules must be taken into account?
Curfew throughout Galicia from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Curfew in 121 regions with the highest rate of infection in Portugal: 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and on weekends from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
3. What are the municipalities or territorial areas that affect the Camino Portuguese ?
Santiago, Ames, Boqueixón, Oroso, O Pino, Teo, Trazo, Val do Dubra y Vedra (cierre conjunto).
Pontevedra, Vilaboa, Ponte Caldelas, Poio, Marín, Barro, Campo Lameiro, Cerdedo-Cotobade y Soutomaior (cierre conjunto).
Vigo, Mos, Nigrán, Gondomar, O Porriño y Redondela (cierre conjunto).
Consult: news La Voz de Galicia
4. Is it recommended to make an alternative route to avoid the affected municipalities?
There are pilgrims who are recommended to go to Monçao to cross to Salvaterra and from there to Poriño because thea people say tat “it isn´t possible to cross to Tui”. We don´t recommend it, it is dangerous to travel through unrecognized routes, in addition Porriño is within an affected area, and as indicated in Turismo de Galicia, you can cross Tui in transit.
5. Can the albergues host?
According to the regulations of November 4, 2020, the albergues can be open. As it doesn´t appear in the list of non-essential activities, the common regulations for the rest of the councils will be applied, therefore, the maximum capacity will be 50%. In the case of Ideas Peregrinas, we have a minimum reception service for pilgrims who by necessity have to spend the night in Tui and always following the covid prevention protocol rules.
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