The Azores archipelago recorded 162 thousand overnight stays in different types of accommodation during the month of June, highest value of the year, but about half of what was verified in the same month of 2019, according to the Regional Statistical Office (SREA).
According to the same publication, this will be the highest value recorded in 2021, with a growing trend since January, in which they accounted for 30.679 dormidas.
In February, the number was around the 31 mil dormidas, tendo subido em Março para cerca de 54 mil, in April to 73 mil e em Maio para 95 mil.
Comparando com os dados da actividade turística em Junho de 2020, o número de dormidas no mesmo mês de 2021 sobe mais de 14 times, de 11.211 para 162.000.
No entanto, o número de dormidas referentes a Junho deste ano é pouco mais de metade das verificadas no mesmo mês de 2019, in that 321.184 dormidas.
Também o número de passageiros desembarcados terá um crescimento significativo, em Junho de 2021, de acordo com o Indicador de Turismo do SREA. Os passageiros desembarcados em voos internacionais passam de 557 em Janeiro de 2021 para 4.247 em Junho.
Quanto aos passageiros de voos provenientes de território nacional, em 2021, regista-se um aumento de 12.498 em Janeiro para 48.885 em Junho, quando no mesmo mês do ano anterior eram apenas de 5.216 passageiros.
Açores alivia restrições
Berto Cabral, regional director of health, following the amendment by the Regional Government of the restrictive measures to combat covid-19, ou seja, o extending the restaurant's opening hours and reducing the ban on circulation, highlighted that this decision was taken in view of the progress of the vaccination process against covid-19 in the region.
The head of the Azores Regional Health Authority also said that this time of year covers many sectors of economic activity.
Assim, since the 00:00 yesterday, segunda-feira, the municipalities of Ponta Delgada and Lagoa, on the island São Miguel, and Angra do Heroísmo and Praia da Vitória, on the island of Terceira, with high risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, are in a situation of public calamity.
No entanto, the restrictions lessen. In medium-high and high-risk municipalities, restaurant hours are extended from 22:00 to 23:00, but in high risk cafes have to close at 8 pm.
As for catering establishments, drinks and similar in low and very low risk counties no longer have to close at midnight.
In medium risk municipalities, these spaces can now close at midnight, when they had to close at 10 pm.
Another change concerns the reduction of the time of prohibition of circulation on public roads in high-risk municipalities, which is between 00:00 and 5:00. The exceptions provided for in the law are maintained.
As for the restaurants, they can only occupy a capacity of three quarters in the municipalities at very low risk, two-thirds at low risk, half in medium risk and one third in medium-high and high risk.