By Cathy Elelman • 23 May 2020 • 17:36
GREEN LIGHT: The Health Ministry order allows jobs like painting and decorating to start up again.
THE Spanish government has given the green light for renovations and repairs in inhabited properties to start up again, welcome news for expat builders and decorators on the costas.
The Health Ministry published an order today Saturday which lifts the suspension on works in buildings in which people are living, which was brought into force on April 12 in order to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infections.
The order applies to all areas of Spain which are at least in Phase one of the de-escalation. This will be the entire country from next Monday May 25.
The ministry’s decision means jobs like painting and decorating can also go ahead in inhabited properties. The only restrictions are guaranteeing health and hygiene measures and sticking to a minimum interpersonal distance of two metres.
The April 12 Health Ministry order prohibited all works in buildings in which there were people who had nothing to do with construction works and coinciding with the return to work of non-essential sectors. The ministry then modified the order on May 3, allowing works in business premises, properties and defined uninhabited areas of a building or which residents could not access, as well as specific jobs on the building’s connections to services needed for the works to be carried out.
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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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