By Tara Rippin • 14 March 2020 • 14:45
Fuengirola residents get ready for lockdown as some still take to the streets of the Costa del Sol
WITH shops, beaches and bars closing down as Spain’s Costa del Sol begins to get ready for an emergency lockdown will the residents of the region struggle to cope during a period of isolation? As we have reported there have been long supermarket queues and bare shelves can the expat community rally together and push through such a confusing time and go back to normal at the other side.
Walking though the streets of Fuengirola it seems that some residents are blatantly ignoring the suggestion to stay in doors and bars like La Sureña next to the train station were quite busy, patrons had even brought their toilet rolls supplies.
However some were very conscious of the risks, such as Kate Butterfield, a resident of Fuengirola but formerly of Hartlepool, who had managed to pop out to the supermarket for food for her young son Teddy.
“Teddy’s daycare have understandably closed just now and our child minder is already self isolating. I have just had the go ahead from work that I will now be working from home. I know it will be hard keeping Teddy amused whilst trying to do my work but am glad we will be safe and together.” She also went on to point out that “We had been looking forward to seeing my parents as they were due to come here in a couple of weeks but they have cancelled their flights now. I would have been worried about them travelling anyway and now that all the restaurants and bars are closed they would have probably been bored.”
Euro Weekly News has also received reports by our readers on Facebook that their flights are being cancelled left right and centre and also spotted some unfortunate visitors stranded with luggage. Alice and James Swan have managed to find a bar open where they can sit with their suitcases and work out their plans over a pint. “We saw reports coming in last night and thought we would chance it as wanted to get back to Scotland but after getting the train there we were told that other flights had had to do a U turn and no flights would be going out just now” said James who went on to say “I am a bit more relaxed now that we have found a bar open but it was a nightmare at the airport. I understand why but feel stranded. We are just trying to sort out more accomodation and see if the flight company will help with the cost.” Alice from Glasgow said “It’s very scary. I would just like to be home with my family at a time like this. It’s like something from a film!”
Teacher, Jordan Kelly said “I had to get out of the house and go for a run this morning before a lockdown kicks in. The gym that I normally go to is shut and if I don’t keep active I will be climbing the walls. Definitely a lot less people on the promenade this morning out for a jog. Will have to find a good boxset to watch if I am going to be stuck in the house.”
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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