Spain’s Guardia Civil urges public to look out for each other during State of Alarm’ but follow safety rules

THOUGH the nation is gripped in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, human nature will always prevail if someone is in need, in particular the elderly.

As such, the Guardia Civil has issued a warning to ‘still remain cautious’ when offering support as the number of positive cases continue to rise.

In a Twitter post today, the police authority said: “During these times, we should move to help our elders, but without leaving home, call them. Keep in touch with your family and friends, worry about people who live alone. In case of need, you can help them, but safely.

“During the alarm state if you help elderly people, do so following the basic safety rules: distance, mask and hygiene. They are a vulnerable group.”

At the same time, officers have stepped up surveillance at banks to ensure the safety of elderly people venturing out to withdraw pensions.

The Guardia Civil added: “Today banks have had a greater influx of people, especially older people to take out their pension. This is why we have reinforced surveillance to ensure their safety and to assist them if necessary.”

Elderly people are also being advised to take extra care when withdrawing from ATMs, be aware of who is nearby, advice which stands at all times.

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Tara Rippin

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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