Council in Southern Spain introduces WhatsApp line to advise on Coronavirus

Several ways of connecting

THE San Roque council which covers a large area including Sotogrande in the Campo de Gibraltar has for some time been working on a communication channel with the public through WhatsApp and this was launched today Monday March 16.

Faced however with the current crisis caused by the coronavirus and while the State of Alarm lasts it will limit itself to providing information related to COVID-19 and disseminating alerts on this matter alone.

Once it is running fully, it should be relatively easy to use and to join this service, if you are a resident of San Roque, you only need to add the phone number 34 644 658 538 to the WhatsApp contact list, which can also be done by clicking the link or scanning a QR code.

By typing the word Hola you can access the main menu, which offers different options: 1) Municipal information; 2) COVID-19 information; 3) Ask your mayor; 4) Communication of incidents; 5) Local Police; 6) Upcoming events; 7) My preferences; and 8) Finish.

At the moment however, only Coronavirus Information is currently enabled. It offers information on Citizen Services from the Council; the Municipal Service of Citizen Attention; the Assistance Service for the Elderly; the Local Laws covering the crisis; and General information about coronavirus.

Please note however that this service is in Spanish.

Written by

John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page