Access to three of the five mountain villages in the municipality of Blackboard that integrate the network Schist Villages today were closed to the circulation of vehicles due to the pandemic of covid-19, announced the City Council.
In a statement, the municipality says that in recent days there has been “an agglomeration of people, contrary to the recommendations of health authorities”, in Casal Novo, Talasnal and Chiqueiro, as well as on the roads that serve these old farming places in the Serra da Lousã.
This restriction, at the moment, does not include Cerdeira and Candal, which are also part of a tourism project that brings together 27 villages from 16 municipalities in the districts of Coimbra, Castelo Branco and Leiria.
“The City Council decided to ban road traffic on Estrada das Hortas, between Cacilhas and Catraia, and on the municipal access road to schist villages, between EN 236 (which connects Lousã to Castanheira de Pera) and Hortas, from zero hours on March 26th ”, informs the municipality.
This conditioning also includes the leisure park of Terreiro das Witches, next to the former home of the forest guard of Hortas, “except in all cases the owners of houses, priority vehicles and forest operators”.
In conjunction with the security forces, the Chamber, chaired by Luís Antunes, “has sought to implement measures that reinforce everyone's safety and prevent the spread of the coronavirus”, justifying, one day after closing the vehicles and pedestrians, access to the tourist and religious complex of Senhora da Piedade, which includes the chapels, the pools of the São João stream and the medieval castle, classified as a national monument.
In Portugal, there were 60 deaths following the covid-19 pandemic, 17 more than the day before (+ 39.5%), and 3,544 confirmed infections, according to the balance made today by the Directorate-General for Health, which identified 549 new cases compared to Wednesday (+ 18.3%).