Maritime authorities today ordered a ban on bathing on the beaches of Santo António and Monte Gordo, in the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António, due to the presence of coliforms in the water, said the port captain.

“The red flags were raised on the beaches of Santo António and Monte Gordo, due to the presence of bacteria in the water,” Rui Andrade, the captain of the port of Vila Real de Santo António, told Rui Lusa.

The ban has been in effect since about 3 pm and “people are advised against bathing” while it is in effect, the same source warned.

The red flags will remain hoisted on both beaches until the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) carries out new analyzes to certify the absence of bacteria in the water.

At 16:12, although the ban is already in effect, the APA information website that monitors the capacity of beaches determined to prevent the spread of the covid-19 pandemic still rated the water quality on the beach at Monte Gordo and Santo António as excellent.