our new-normal in times of COVID
update 24 January 2022
Portugal is experiencing its fifth wave. This one is very different from the previous four: the number of positive tests is much higher, but the number of hospitalizations remains low. The highest infection rates are found in the West and North, while our province: Alentejo has the lowest. We will do all we can to prevent infection.
When traveling by air you will only encounter vaccinated or negative-tested passengers and personnel (but vaccinations and tests do not give 100% guarantee). For the bus trip from Lisbon to Estremoz masks are mandatory.
Once you have arrived at OBRAS the risks are very low. You live in a private apartment in the middle of nature and your fellow residents are all vaccinated or tested negative. If you have hesitations with shopping you can give us your shopping list.
The new-normal will be that shared dinners and artist talks will be outside. Until the pandemic is over we will not organize open studios.
The cultural sector is functioning with restrictions: museums are open for the vaccinated and concerts can be attended with reservation and proof of vaccination.
In summary: we concluded that the risk to get ill of COVID during traveling and your residency is sufficiently low to restart the residency program. But it is only you who to can decide that this risk is low enough for you.
We have our fingers crossed that this all will soon be completely over. Until then: stay safe.
Also Holland is experiencing a new wave of covid, characterized by very high infection numbers, but no additional hospitalizations.
The lockdown will largely be ended on 25 January. Museums re-open and restaurants, pubs and theaters are allowed to be open until 10pm, Wearing face masks remains mandatory in train and bus, museums and public buildings. For most public events a vaccination certificate is required and many work with reservations.
Your local host: Josien Jongejan, will wear a face mask when she meets you and expects you to do the same. If possible she will meet you in the garden.
Up to now we were used to organize an artist talk combined with shared dinner. But until the Covid pandemic is over we think it would be better to refrain from it, or do this in the garden.
In your residence you will find disinfection-gel, face masks and COVID speed tests. We expect you to refill and replace them in case you make use of them.
As your residence has two toilets we suggest you in the scope of Corona to use one for yourself and the other for guests.
If you have any symptom that may relate to Covid, Josien will tell you what to do. .