″ If they stop me at the border I’ll come back for another drink ″

Even with the restrictions imposed by the Government and other countries in Europe, there are those who cross counties and borders to taste the foll with the family.

Restrictions on movement between municipalities – which started on March 26 and only end on April 5 – plus the limitations on entry into Portugal by land and air borders, prevented the usual floods in the villages of Trás-os-Montes, which before the covid-19 were almost as usual as the Easter traditions themselves. On Tuesday, Home Affairs Minister Eduardo Cabrita said that there has been “a significant reduction in circulation since Friday” and “widespread compliance” with the state of emergency measures due to the pandemic. But there are always those who manage to get around the rules and go to the most remote villages just to taste the folar.

José Manuel Lopes and Francine Azevedo, emigrants in France, this year decided to spend their Easter holidays in Pinela, a village in the municipality of Bragança, where his parents are from. “I come to Portugal when I can. It was like this in August, even with the covid-19. This time, we came by plane. We presented negative PCR tests and gave the phone numbers”. Nothing else was needed. In Porto, they rented a car: “We didn’t have any problems on the trip to Bragança, as we didn’t even find the GNR”. It almost looked like they could move around at will. However, he says: “We have already gone shopping at Macedo de Cavaleiros and we had no control,” explained the French-born emigrant, who maintains social distance with residents and wears a mask on the street.

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