Lockdown de-escalation Phase one on Spain’s Costa Almeria: What you can do

EXERCISE TIMES: The Junta de Andalucia is studying modifications to time slots for walks and exercise CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Adra

AS from today Monday the whole of Almeria Province has moved into Phase one of the coronavirus crisis lockdown de-escalation, meaning an easing of some of the restrictions, but also some confusion over exactly what is open and what is now allowed.
New openings
Open-air markets where local councils give the go-ahead, but with restrictions on stall numbers and no self-service, and shops up to 400sqms, but with restrictions on the number of customers at one time.
Also, by previous appointment, car dealerships, ITV stations and garden centres.
Bar, cafe and restaurant terraces, but with maximum occupancy of 50 per cent. No more than 10 people can gather at one table and there has to be a two-metre distance between tables.
Hotels and tourist accommodation establishments are free to open to overnight guests, but communal areas must remain out of bounds.
Museums and libraries can reopen, with limits on entry numbers.
Friends and family
Gatherings of up to 10 people in private homes or on terraces are permitted.
Religious services and funerals
Places of worship are allowed to open their doors, with capacity limited to 30 per cent.
Wakes with a maximum of 15 people are permitted if it’s open air and 10 in an enclosed area. Up to 15 people can take part in a funeral.
Private vehicle use and travel
All people living in the same household are allowed to travel within the same vehicle. If the occupants are not from the same household there is a maximum of two people per row of seats, with an obligation to wear a face mask and keep a distance from each other.
Travel is possible between different municipalities, but not across the provincial borders into Murcia or Granada unless it’s for reasons of work, for health reasons, to care for someone elderly or disabled, or due to an emergency.
It is now permitted to travel to and stay overnight in a second home, as long as it is in Almeria Province.
On public transport wearing a face mask is obligatory. One seat should be left free next to every passenger and the row behind the driver.
Beach access
This is down to individual councils, and access is only for walks and exercise. Bathing and sunbathing are not allowed. Vera, and as from today Mojacar, have opened their beaches to residents living with one kilometre.
Pre-arranged, organised active and outdoor tourism excursions are allowed for groups of up to 10.
Exercise times
Under Phase one the regional administrations have the flexibility of moving the slots forward or backwards by a couple of hours, keeping the total time period allocated to each age group for going out the same.
The Junta de Andalucia is studying the matter with a view to avoiding the slots allocated for the elderly and for outings with children coinciding with the hottest times of the day and when people are most likely to be out shopping and sitting at bar or restaurant terraces, but for the moment they remain unchanged.
For adults this means from 6am to 10am and from 8pm to 11pm. The designated time for outings with children is from 12pm to 7pm. Over-70’s and people who need to go out with a carer have from 10am to 12pm and 7-8pm
The time slot restrictions do not apply in municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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