The entry of Cádiz in phase 2 of the de-escalation due to the coronavirus pandemic represents, at least for the next fifteen days, an evident step in the return to normality . Of course, maintaining sanitary security measures regarding the use of masks, cleaning and maintaining distance from other people, which many still do not comply with.

You are still unable to travel to other provinces.

Free movement is already allowed and the maximum number of people in groups of is increased to fifteen people, always keeping the safety distance.

Another key aspect of the modifications to the regulations governing phases
1 and 2 of the de-escalation published today by the BOE is that the restrictions that were in force both for the movement of children and for the carrying out of physical activity are eliminated, so the restriction that a single responsible adult can go with up to three children or that during walks can only go with a person living together is eliminated.

Likewise, it is also allowed to visit sheltered homes, residences for people with disabilities and nursing homes, as well as the residents themselves can already go out for walks.

Hospitality

With phase 2, the cafés and bars etc. may allow their clients access to the interior, although limiting the capacity to 40%. On the terraces the capacity is increased to 50%. Paper cards, napkins and individual oil pads are also no longer in use.

Trade

Another essential sector of our economy, commerce, increases its sales spaces. From this Monday the stores of more than 400 square meters of extension and the shopping centres open , although extreme sanitary security measures, the use of fitting rooms and the cleaning of the clothes that the client returns.

In the large areas, the passage through the common areas will be controlled and the spaces dedicated to leisure and hospitality will not be initially opened.
Hotels may only have customers from the province.

Tourism

The hotels in the province will continue to have a difficult time, so many will continue delaying their definitive opening. After all, the clientele will still be limited to the province itself, making the normal operation of hotels unfeasible.
On the contrary, rural tourism and tourist apartments and flats can find customers from the land. However, the hotels are finally going to be able to open the common spaces.

Beaches

One of the great controversies of recent days is the possibility of bathing in the province’s beaches. The truth is that the Board requires municipalities to have a contingency plan, with all the protocol for the proper functioning of the coast in the middle of a pandemic. For now, no city council in the area has prepared it, which has not prevented some municipalities from announcing that since Monday they can bathe on their beaches.

The truth is that during phase 1 there have been images of children and adults taking a bath or the sun, something prohibited until now.

Although many municipalities advocate its closure, the Ministry of Health allows the use of showers, footbaths, toilets and changing rooms, with a maximum occupancy of one person and reinforcing its cleaning and disinfection.

Regarding social distancing measures, it is warned of the need to maintain two meters of security with the rest of the users, allowing meetings of coexistent bathers and the formation of groups depending on what the respective orders mark.

The Ministry of Health leaves the possibility of limiting access and capacity of the beaches to the municipalities, in addition to being able to establish time limits for the stay on the beaches. For this, it is established as a measure to calculate the capacity of a space of four square metres per bather.

The municipalities of Cádiz have asked for financial and technical help to be able to face these measures.

As for the pools, they reopen with 30% of the capacity and by appointment.
They should be cleaned three times a day. Showers cannot be used.

Leisure

Cinema and theatre are back, but, like everything, with a capacity limited to 30%. Outdoor shows will also limit capacity.

Gyms

They will reopen but with 30% of their capacity and by appointment. In this case the use of the changing rooms is allowed.

Weddings

Free way for religious or civil marriages, although the truth is that the vast majority of those that were scheduled for these months have finally been delayed for next year. If a couple continues, they should know that if the ceremony is held indoors, they cannot invite more than 50 people, and outdoors, 100, also not exceeding the capacity of the chosen place.

Education

In educational matters, the Ministry of Health already allows the resumption of face-to-face activity in educational centres, excluding the university. The decision to reactivate classes or maintain online training remains in the hands of the autonomous communities.

Driving schools

Within this area, the return to the activity of driving schools and academies is also allowed from Monday. For this, in the case of practical driving classes, hygiene measures must be taken. Thus, the use of a mask will be mandatory inside the practice vehicles, as well as the cleaning and disinfection of the vehicles before and after each class.

End of Phase 2

I know that travel from the UK to Spain is of paramount importance to lots of members; I found the article below in the Olive Press which I think gives the information you all want BUT it relies on the Coronavirus figures being “stable”. I will continue to advise everyone; it is better to travel with your residencia, padron and NIE documentation. If you don’t have it then can you get it sent to you before you try to enter Spain?

Remember, if you leave Spain to go to any other country, including Gibraltar and Portugal, then take your Spanish documentation with you irrespective of whether we are in the transition period or not. I have mine in my “man bag” together with my passport so that I can’t forget them, but
then again, I am forgetful at times!!!

WHEN CAN BRITISH TOURISTS RETURN TO SPAIN? – THE LATEST INFORMATION

BRITISH and foreign tourists will most likely be able to return to Spain ‘safely’ in July.

That is the calculation of government minister Teresa Ribera, who is heading up the country’s coronavirus de-escalation plan. Speaking this morning, Ribera warned that opening Spain up too early would be ‘irresponsible’ and put people’s lives at risk. “We have to be very careful that a person entering the country is not at risk and that they are arriving to a safe destination, while also ensuring they do not pose a risk to the local population,” she said. But she added: “Our idea is that we focus on safe origins and destinations, rather than thinking about the month of July or June.”

It suggests that those wanting to enter Spain may have to come from a country with a similar or lower incidence of coronavirus – as hinted at by a recent European Council proposal. That means Brits may have to wait longer than other countries before being allowed back if their COVID-19 figures are not deemed up to scratch. In the likes of Mallorca, special arrangements are already being drawn up with Germany to bring back tourists as soon as possible.

Ribera, who is also the Ecology Minister, said the arrival of foreign tourists will ‘probably come at the end of the de-escalation process,’
warning of a resurgence in cases being imported from aboard if done too early, as has occurred in parts of China, South Korea and Singapore. “We don’t want that for our population,” she said, “The great data from the Canary Islands, Balearics and Andalucia give us a sense of security today, but there is no movement between provinces and potentially infected people cannot enter. “If borders are opened massively, we could be acting very irresponsibly.”

But when will the end of the de-escalation period actually be?

The end of Phase 3 and entry into the so-called ‘new normal’ – at least for some of the country – would arrive on June 21. For three islands in the Canaries and Formentera, that date will arrive on June 7 while in the likes of Malaga and Granada, it would be on June 28. But Ribera said today that the de-escalation plan must be carried out alongside the state of alarm.
This she said, is essential for the government to have the special powers to limit movement between regions which are in different phases of de-escalation.
Currently, the state of alarm is set to end on June 7 after the Government received permission to extend it by another two weeks from the Congress of Deputies on Wednesday. It suggests the government is banking on securing a sixth extension to the state alarm to see out its four-phase de-escalation plan – something that might prove a struggle. Ribera believes the government has enough support to see it through. When asked if the de-escalation would continue if the state of alarm could not be extended, she said it was ‘not necessary to imagine scenarios which have not happened.’

Regardless, it means the government is hoping to have the state of alarm in place until June 28. That means that the quarantine on international travellers, which is in place ‘until the state of alarm ends’, would make a holiday for Brits and foreigners practically inconceivable before that date, given that they would have to self-isolate in their accommodation for two weeks.

So, if the Government gets its way, international tourists will not arrive until July. Of course, everything is subject to change depending on the evolution of the virus, while regions may make special deals with foreign countries in a bid to welcome visitors sooner.

So, what is certain?

Currently, the only order written in stone relating to foreign travel is the update published in the official state bulletin on May 15. That dictates that foreign travellers cannot enter Spain – with exceptions– until after June 15. If the government cannot extend the state of alarm past June 7, then, in theory, foreign tourists could begin to arrive after June 15. But with such uncertainty and with the Government wanting to extend the state of alarm further, it would not be advisable to make travel plans before July.

However, for those in Spain under the state of alarm, the timetables for walking and outdoor exercise will be abandoned on Monday 25th May 2020 with the proviso that the number of cases does have a hiccup before then.

 

Dave Fisher
President
Chiclana Foreign Residents Association