By John Smith • 06 April 2021 • 13:27
The Covid Hotel is now closed
Credit: Consell de Mallorca
THE Mallorcan Institute of Social Affairs (IMAS) has on March 31 closed the Covid Hotel which was opened in September in the Arenal de Llucmajor during the pandemic.
The intention was to be able to offer accommodation for those who needed to isolate after being associated with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus and whilst open it housed 495 people who between them stayed for a total of 8,983 nights.
As the number of cases of infection dropped, so the Consell de Mallorca changed some of the criteria for entry and the hotel facilities have also given space to immigrants who arrived in Mallorca and had to carry out a quarantine.
As rooms were on different floors, another area was made available to accommodate more than 40 homeless people who were living on the streets during a period of a very cold snap and who are cared for by the Social Emergency Unit and the Red Cross.
The homeless will be cared for wherever possible in different centres and the IMAS social inclusion network currently serves nearly 450 homeless people in a number of temporary and permanent residential centres around the island.
In addition, the Consell is building up its housing stock, to offer properties to families as well as inviting single people to share a flat.
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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.
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