Almuñécar – La Herradura Coronavirus COVID-19, Announcements

Social distancing, Keep Calm, and Wash your hands.  It is recommended everyone participate in the steps to avoid getting and/or transferring the virus. The new state of alarm was announced in October.  The numbers have been aggressive in Andalucia and especially the province of Granada.  
If you are planning to arrive in Spain from another country, you will need to complete this form prior to travel.  If you are from a high risk country with Covid, you will also need a negative covid test from the last 72 hours. More details below.

Announcements

Starting November 23  negative PCR Test within 72 hour prior to arrival (from high risk countries)

To see photos of the new Malaga Airport Covid waiting area and have answers to many of the FAQ’s
Spain info article
An article by Secret Serrania

Who has to submit a PCR test for COVID-19 to enter Spain?

All those passengers who come from a country/zone at risk in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus MUST show a certificate with a NEGATIVE PCR result, carried out in the 72 hours prior to their trip. You can consult the list of countries at risk at this link. This list of countries/areas affected will be updated regularly. This requirement affects the air and sea routes. For more information see the following link of the Ministry of Health.

Andalucia Closure Extended to December 10

Andalucia has extended the covid restrictions through 10 December.  Movement will be limited within your municipality. Only essential journeys will be allowed between municipalities (for work, education, appointments, etc.).  In addition there will be a curfew for all non-essential activity from 22:00 to 07:00 each day.  Mobility in all of Andalucia is limited to your municipality.  read full article

November 24 – December 10 Costa Tropical and Las Alpujarras

  • Municipal boundaries remain closed in Andalucia. Movement between municipalities will remain restricted to essential journey (for work, education, appointments, etc.) throughout the region.
  • The night curfew stays at 10pm to 7am (22:00 – 07:00)
  • Commercial hours will remain with non essential businesses closing at 6pm (18:00), although bars and restaurants can serve food to take away until 9.30pm (21:30). Another change is that shops will be able to sell toys until 8pm (20:00).
  • The Friday and Sunday markets are suspended until further notice.

The remainder of the Granada Province! 

  • The remainder of the province of Granada will have closure of all non essential activities for the entire day and night.  Restaurants and bars are considered non essential and will be closed during this time.  Recommendation to all Granadans that they only leave home for what is strictly necessary.

Schools will remain in session at all educational levels, except in the university student whose classes will be remote.


What are essential activities?
  (essential travel, work, school, medical)

People may only circulate on the roads or spaces of public use to carry out the following activities:
  1.  Acquisition of medicines, health products and other essential goods.
  2.  Assistance to health centers, services and establishments.
  3.  Assistance to veterinary care centers for urgent reasons.
  4.  Compliance with labor, professional, business, institutional or legal obligations.
  5.  Return to the place of habitual residence after carrying out some of the activities foreseen in this section.
  6.  Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people.
  7.  Due to force majeure or situation of need.
  8.  Any other activity of a similar nature, duly accredited.
  9.  Refueling at gas stations or service stations, when necessary to carry out the activities foreseen in the preceding paragraphs.
  10.  Restaurants and bars are not open during the curfew hours.

The restrictions for the remainder of the Granada province will be all day/night. (excluding Costa Tropical)

“The data forces us to continue acting.” the Andalusian president has said, adding that “the Board does not have the power to order home confinement, only the Government of Spain can do that.” Juanma Moreno has recommended that the people of Granada “only leave home for what is strictly necessary.” “It is a tough and difficult decision,” he said , who has highlighted that the numbers of infections in Granada in the last 14 days, about 1,200 daily positives, are worse than those of highly affected communities such as Navarra.

The Board closes all non-essential activity in the province of Granada and will be reviewed again December 10.

Essential shops and businesses that will remain open:

  • Supermarkets / retail commercial establishments of food, beverages, products and essential goods
  • Health centers, Pharmacy, services and establishments
  • The restaurants of tourist accommodation establishments, which may remain open as long as it is for the exclusive use of their clients.
  • Social and socio-sanitary services
  • Veterinary centers or clinics, pet food
  • Optics and orthopedic products
  • Hygienic products
  • Bookstore and stationery
  • Fuel
  • ITV
  • Home delivery services
  • Wakes
  • Sports centers for physical activity that are outdoors
  • Soup kitchens and other establishments for the delivery and distribution of food
  • Driving schools
  • Hairdressers
  • Professional and financial services
  • Press
  • Florist
  • Mechanic workshops
  • Repair services and construction material
  • Hardware stores
  • Tobacconists
  • Technological equipment and telecommunications
  • Dry cleaners, laundries

References

November 24 -Almuñécar Mayor’s decree on COVID rules in our municipality

From Mayor on Facebook: LINK

  1. Authorize the installation of the markets, while the measures of the Order of October 29, 2020, which establish the levels health alert and temporary and exceptional measures are adopted for reasons of public health in Andalusia, for the containment of COVID-19 and alert level 4, with the following requirements:
    • Mandatory distance between positions in order to guarantee safety and distance between workers, customers and pedestrians.
    • The occupancy of the establishment may not exceed 50% of the authorized capacity.
    • The established order of installation of the positions will be followed on alternate days, between the even positions and the odd positions, corresponding to install those that were not installed on the last day that was allowed.
  2. Suspend the following municipal facilities from being open to the public:
    • Aquarium and Parque Loro Sexi
    • Parks for Children, Calisthenics and Biosaludables.
  3.  The opening of the following municipal facilities with limitations, capacity and / or hours:
    • Municipal museums: 65% of the allowed capacity. Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 14:00. Group visits will be of a maximum of 10 people, including the monitor or guide.
    • Castillo San Miguel and Castillo de La Herradura: 65% of the allowed capacity. Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      Group visits will be of a maximum of 10 people, including the monitor or guide.
    • Tourism Offices Monday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 13:30
    • Theaters and Auditoriums 50% of the allowed capacity.
    • Municipal swimming pools. 40% of the allowed capacity and until18:00.
    • Sports facilities for outdoor physical activity 40% of the allowed capacity. No age limit until 21:00.
      At sporting events, training sessions and competitions, there will be no spectators.
    • Sports facilities for physical activity other than outdoors 40% of the allowed capacity. No age limit until 18:00.
      At sporting events, training sessions and competitions, there will be no spectators.
    • Municipal libraries 65% of allowed capacity. From 9:30 a.m. to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 20:30.
  4. Remind the public that while the current situation of health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all citizens must carry out their activities in accordance with the precautionary principle, recommending that they go out as strictly necessary.
  5. Give the maximum diffusion to the telephone and electronic communication channels of the citizens with the Almuñécar City Council, requesting the citizens to go only in case of not being able to process it by any of these means:
    • Municipal Office of Citizen Services Almuñécar: 958 838 600 -Municipal
    • Office for Citizenship La Herradura: 958 640 425 -Municipal
    • Center for Social Services: 958 639 086 -Municipal
    • Sports Area: 958883142

 

⚠️ MAYOR’S DECREE ON COVID RULES IN OUR MUNICIPALITY ⚠️

 

 

 

October 28 – Andalucia and Granada Province Closed

photo from Granada Digital

The predictions have come true. The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, has confirmed that the autonomous community will be closed from this Friday at 00:00 hours until next November 9. The president has also announced that the entire province of Granada is completely closed. The popular has assured that the curve of the second wave of Covid-19 has not reached the ceiling in Andalusia, so he has asked for responsibility and prudence to face a “long road”.

  • All hospitality in Andalucia (restaurants, bars, etc) will close by 22:30.
  • Limit to 6 people meeting in public or private, unless you live in the same household.

All of Granada province is closed  00:00 October 30 – November 9

The board will review this date range every two weeks, so it is possible it can be extended beyond November 9.

Juanma Moreno has also announced that the entire province of Granada will be closed, as well as Seville and Jaén, the other two affected provinces after the intervention of the president. 448 Andalusian municipalities will be prohibited from leaving their term, unless justified by a solid reason. “I ask the population of open localities to leave their municipalities as little as possible,” Moreno said.
Read the full article in Spanish.

In the Granada province you may not leave your municipality, except for essential reasons (essential needs, medical reasons or work).  The rules are pretty much the same as the first lockdown.  If you have school or work in another municipality, please bring proof when you travel.  This will begin at 00:00 Friday (so in the middle of the night of Thursday to Friday) and at the moment will last until November 9th.

  • Only essential travel will be permitted outside of your municipality (essential travel, work, school, medical)

Read announcement in Spanish.

 

October 25  – New State of Alarm

Spanish prime minister approves new state of alarm with plans to remain in place until May 9, 2021.

The new decree gives regional governments the option to prohibit travel in and out of their territories unless it is justified, as well as imposing an obligatory nationwide curfew between 11pm and 6am  (23:00 to 06:00), as of October 25, 2020.

Regions will also have the possibility of restricting the entrance to and exit from their territories unless this is for essential reasons such as going to work or to get to the doctor.  More than 30% of transmissions are taking place during social meetings in homes. All of the regional governments are seeing that early closing for bars is not enough, as many people – in particular youngsters – are resorting to late-night socialising in private residences.

The decree will not see the closure of Spain’s borders, as was the case during the first wave of the pandemic.

Read announcement in El Pais in English

Read BOE (bulletin in English)

Curfew 23:00 to 06:00  (updated as of Nov 9 to 22:00 – 07:00)

People may only circulate on the roads or spaces of public use to carry out the following activities:
a) Acquisition of medicines, health products and other essential goods.
b) Assistance to health centers, services and establishments.
c) Assistance to veterinary care centers for urgent reasons.
d) Compliance with labor, professional, business, institutional or legal obligations.
e) Return to the place of habitual residence after carrying out some of the activities foreseen in this section.
f) Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people.
g) Due to force majeure or situation of need.
h) Any other activity of a similar nature, duly accredited.
i) Refueling at gas stations or service stations, when necessary to carry out the activities foreseen in the preceding paragraphs.

October 22, 2020 –  Mask Mandatory

Update from Junta de Andalucia

Masks required in cafes and restaurants now.  Read the full article here.
The Junta de Andalucía has decided to give more force to the measure that requires wearing a mask . The Governing Council has determined that the mask will always have to be worn in two new circumstances:

  1. When sitting at the table in bars and restaurants , except when expressly going to eat.
  2. When running in the street .

Early October

The Almuñécar  Municipal Swimming Pool of has reopened after 6 months of renovations and covid closure. Read full announcement

Coronavirus cases confirmed in Almuñécar Spain

Here is a visual map of each Autonomous Community showing current status.

The Almuñécar Municipality has reported some cases of coronavirus.  Interactive map and numbers here.

Read more about covid in Andalucia

As of November 16, 2020  (105 cases in last 14 days)

From March to present, there have been a total of 425 confirmed cases and 1 fatality in the Almuñécar Municipality.
In the past 14 days there have been 105 cases (51 cases in the last 7 days).

almunecar corona november. read more on https://almunecarinfo.com/almunecar-and-the-coronavirus-covid-19-mayors-announcement/

As of October 28, 2020  (94 cases in last 14 days)

There have been a total of 245 confirmed cases and 1 fatality, in the Almuñécar Municipality from the start.  In the past 14 days there have been 94 cases (47cases in the last 7 days).

As of October 15, 2020 (50 cases in last 14 days)

There have been a total of 145 confirmed cases and 1 fatality, in the Almuñécar Municipality from the start.  In the past 14 days there have been 50 cases (25 cases in the last 7 days).

almunecar la herradura covid as of oct 15, 2020

As of October 1, 2020  (17 cases in last 14 days)

There have been a total of 97 confirmed cases and 1 fatality, in the Almuñécar Municipality from the start.
In the past 14 days there have been 17 cases reported.

There have been a few isolated positive cases of covid in a daycare center, La Herradura primary school and Al-Andalus secondary school this week. They have been contained and students aren’t attending class. Please be cautious, wash hands, wear mask, and stay home if you have any symptoms.  Read full article in Spanish here.

The Almuñécar City Council, through the Department of Infant Schools, informs that it has activated the protocol for a positive case of a 1-year-old student known today, October 1, at the

La Carrera Children’s Center from  Monday, September 28, this student, located in a mixed classroom with capacity for 15 students, had not attended school, and the mother went to the Health Center due to her fever and diarrhea. The pediatrician doctor, after the symptoms, has carried out the test and it has been positive. Today, after knowing the results, the corresponding protocol has been launched. In this sense, the liaison nurse has been notified to communicate what happened and establish the guidelines to follow.

Las Gaviotas Public School, La Herradura has reported a positive case in a student due to Covid. “This student is at home since Monday and has not been to the center. The class where the case has been detected is confined for 10 days, as well as its tutor, awaiting evidence. These will be carried out as briefly as possible according to information from Public Health, who will indicate the steps to follow ”, according to the director of the Herradureño College.

IES Al Andalus has known the positive case of a student, who has not gone to class since Monday after knowing the result of the analysis, the most intimate circle has been isolated, waiting until both the tests carried out are not known.

From the Mayor’s Office of Almuñécar, in this situation, serenity and responsibility are requested from the Educational Community, asking that they exercise extreme caution, while remembering that in the event of any symptoms, remain isolated at home until the results of the tests are known.

almunecar la herradura covid as of oct 1

Cold & Flu Season vs Covid

As we enter cold and flu season, make note of your symptoms before jumping to conclusions.  Know the symptoms for Covid versus the standard cold and flu.  If you would like to get a flu shot, we have more information for you.

 

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Contact Info, Questions & Answers

Coronavirus Tests

Click here to see where to get a Coronavirus test Almuñécar  – La Herradura.

Where to get a Coronavirus Test in Almuñécar - La Herradura for coronavirus.  Corona tests / certificates for travel or for corona symptoms. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

 

Test to know if you have the coronavirus

The Andalusian Ministry of Health and Families has enabled a special section in  its mobile application Salud Responde . It is a very simple test that is sent by the same phone and that will allow health services to contact the user if necessary.

Registration screen and access to the app.

Likewise, the Board is carrying out a daily monitoring of the inquiries that people make about the coronavirus both in the 900 400 061 and the 955 540 060 of Salud Responde as well as those received in the 8 emergency and emergency coordination centers of the 061 available In Andalucia.

 

This set of FAQ’s has been published by the Ayuntamiento. Read more.

Almuñécar Coronavirus Phone Numbers & Information

The Almuñécar City Council takes the first preventive measures against the virus virus within a few hours.
  • Phone Numbers
    • New Phone numbers in Granada, 958 897 621 and 958 897 622, so that citizens can request medical leave, prescribe their treatments and other issues without exposing themselves to coronavirus in outpatient clinics.
      In case of symptoms call the phone contact:  900 400 061 / 955 54 50 60
      Line specifically for  coronavirus  dial 061 
    • The Almuñécar City Council asks residents to use non-contact routes for any procedure:
      – Attention to the Citizen 958838600
      – Electronic Office: www.almunecar.sedelectronica.es
      – Electronic Mail oac@almunecar.es
      – WahtsApp: 680242275 (no calls)
      – Download App: www.lineaverdealmunecar.com
      – Social Networks

We apologize for any inconvenience that may arise, thanking you in advance for your understanding and collaboration.

Emotional Support

The Almuñécar City Council starts a new service, a free emotional support telephone number, attended by 3 psychologists. Telephone 958 616118 and email: almunecarsolidaria@almunecar.es
Monday – Friday, from 10L00 – 13:00
 
The Almuñécar City Council, through the Social Services Area, places emotional and psychological support at the service of the residents of Almuñécar and La Herradura, and very, especially, people with greater vulnerability, in situations of risk, the Elderly, loneliness, disability, states of emotional instability, in the face of the new situation of confinement caused by Covid-19, as reported by the delegate councilor for Social Services, María del Carmen Reinoso
 
“Due to the analysis of the new situations observed and the needs detected by the population at risk, we have launched this initiative to accommodate a service that helps to effectively cope with the psychological discomfort generated by this alert situation “, said Reinoso.

Pharmacy (home delivery & after hours)

 

Home Delivery List  (updated May 3)

Almuñécar City Council Social Services draws up a list of establishments with home delivery for people in vulnerable situations

 
The Social Services and Firefighters of Almuñécar, given the situation of the State of Alarm, have drawn up a list of establishments with Home Delivery in the municipality of Sexitano, through the Area of ​​”Almuñécar Solidaria”, “in order to help the elderly , dependents and population at risk to remain at home “, as reported by the mayor of Social Services, María del Carmen Reinoso
 
Under the motto: # Stay at Home and # We take care of you and we went out for you, they have prepared a list of food shops, fishmongers, bakeries, grills…. From Almuñécar and La Herradura. “This information will be updated, as far as possible, incorporating other establishments in Almuñécar and La Herradura that join this initiative,” said Reinoso.
 
“This list has been prepared by Social Services, according to the information provided by the establishments. We thank the fire department for their collaboration in drawing up this list, “said the mayor of Social Services, who again requested the collaboration of all so that” our elders, dependents and people at risk are well cared for. Keep an eye on yours, provide them with what they need and insist that they stay at home, “he stressed.
Read this facebook post for more options.

Stay Home

The Almuñécar City Council reminds all the neighbors to stay home. At the same time remember the Social Services telephone numbers for any need 958639083 and 958 616118

The Almuñécar City Council, through Social Services, has been launching several initiatives for all vulnerable people and neighbors in general with a list of businesses that perform home service, reminding women who suffer gender violence and who are n these moments of confinement you feel more vulnerable, remembering the telephones and services that are made available … and reminding everyone, once again: “Stay home” with a campaign through social media signage.

On the other hand, from Social Services remember the contact numbers for “without you need help or know someone who needs it, contact us. On the phones 958 639086 and 958 616118 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and by email: almunecarsolidaria@almunecar.es

Cases and Numbers

Here is a site with the current reported number of cases for all of Spain. Please keep in mind this may not include those who were not able to have a test.  Read more.

Confirmed cases in Andalucia – Read more.

 

Info about COVID-19

Hopkins University has sent this detailed note on avoiding the contagion:

* The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.

* Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own.  The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

* The virus is very fragile;  the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat.  That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).  By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

* HEAT melts fat;  this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything.  In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.

* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

* Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.

* Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.

* NO Antibacterial will help. The is a virus not a living organism like bacteria;  they cannot kill what is not alive with antibiotics. Read labels, use antivirals.

* NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth.  While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic; and wood, because it removes all the moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates).  ), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic).  But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.

* Because it is airborne and can live on surfaces for varying times, the most likely transmission of the virus is from your hands to your face- from your hands to your face and inside your eyes, into your nose or into your mouth. Avoid touching you face.

* The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.  They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness.  Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments might degrade it faster.

* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein.  For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect.  Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer.

* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin. It is spread by respiratory droplets, mostly from coughs and sneezes. Try and stay 6 feet away from others and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing.

* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, work.  The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.

* LISTERINE May be good alternative!  It is 65% alcohol. Not enough info yet.

* The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be.  The more open or naturally ventilated, the less. Get outside with social distancing.

* This is a everyday activity but you have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc.  And when using the bathroom.

* You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS DRY from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks.  The thicker the moisturizer, the better.* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.  Shaving beards is also recommended, they are likely harboring many germs.

* Once again, wash your hands, frequently.
  • Additional Actions by the Ayuntamiento

    The Almuñécar City Council increases the cleaning and disinfection of high-traffic places, such as bus and taxi stops, hotels, police, supermarkets.

    Almuñécar Centro de Salud

    The Almuñécar health center, has been disinfected after several doctors tested positive for coronavirus. It is now open to attend to emergencies only. All consultations and other medical tests have been referred to the Motril hospital at the moment.

    Doctors from Motril and La Alpujarra have been in charge of assuming the emergency service until the results of the tests that are being carried out on the rest of the staff working in this healthcare space are known. Health sources have assured IDEAL that the rest of the doctors are isolated while waiting to know if they are infected.

    The other toilets that tested positive last night are already isolated, although apparently only one of them would be admitted to the hospital. The doctors would be quarantined in their respective houses.  Read article

    Almuñécar and the Coronavirus COVID-19, Mayor's Announcement

Original Spain Lockdown Announcement 14/03/2020

The Spanish government is poised to declare a 15-day national lockdown on Monday to battle coronavirus.  Sánchez encourages dialogue and territorial cohesion. The Ministry of Health takes control of all decisions.

Under the decree being finalised, people would be allowed out only for emergencies, to buy food, or for work.

 The fine print of the terms of lockdown, until 30/03/20    The full decree  by Sanchez in El Pais.

Historical Announcements

Update from Ayuntamiento September 14, 2020

Schools are back in session with various precautions in place for the safety of the children.  Social distancing, maskes, cleaning supplies, staggered entry or days attending class.  These rules will evolve as school continues.

⚠️⚠️AFTER THE MEETING WITH THE DELEGATE OF HEALTH AND THE MANAGER OF THE SOUTH SANITARY DISTRICT, WE WERE TRANSFERRED THAT:
👉 The situation in our municipality is totally under control, all cases being strictly monitored and THERE IS NO COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION.
👉 As of today (09/14) in Almuñécar and La Herradura there are a total of 36 cases under follow-up with 4 active outbreaks.
👉 In the Motril Hospital there are 9 admitted for Covid-19 throughout the Costa Tropical, NONE in the ICU.
👉 They have committed to improving telephone service in Primary Care Centers and reducing the waiting list.
👉 They announce that the trackers will be improved even more, for the entire region.
👉 Above all they ask us for SERENITY AND UNDERSTANDING, since things are being done well from the beginning and there is no reason for scaremongering.
⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️WE CANNOT LOWER THE GUARD, we have to put all the means to maintain personal hygiene and the use of masks. From here my support to the Sanitarians for the invaluable work they have been doing since the beginning of the Pandemic and all my strength for the sick people.
‼️When there is more news we will keep you informed‼️Read full facebook post

Update August 14, 2020 – Bars & Nightclubs Closed

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa announced on Friday that the government is closing nightclubs and nighttime bars across Spain in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus. He also explained that all establishments, such as restaurants, would have to close at 1am, with no new patrons allowed to enter from midnight onward.  Read full article.

Masks are Mandatory (Andalucia)

As of Wednesday, July 15 at 00:00 (or midnight of the night of July 14)
Make a note of this date: next Wednesday, July 15 at 00.00.  100€ fine if non compliant
Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors (excluding your own home), regardless of social distances.  A mask is mandatory in air, sea, bus or rail transportation.  Also, in public and private transport of passengers in vehicles of up to nine seats, including the driver, if the occupants of tourism vehicles do not live together at the same address.

Transport

Private car:  If traveling in a car with members of same house, it is not required to wear a mask.  If anyone in the car is from a different household, you should all wear a mask.  You should wear a mask at all times, there are random security checks around town.  They may ask for your ID to show you live in the same household.

Public transit: wear a mask

Walking anywhere, even with the dog:  wear a mask

Home

In your own home with those who live there, you don’t need a mask. If you invite friends or family over from another household, you should wear masks.  Of course, they will not be policing your private home, but it isn’t about the rules, it is about keeping things COVID free.

Some exceptions:
*  Beaches & Pools :
It is not necessary to wear the mask on beaches and pools while sitting in a certain space with family of same household sunning, as long as the interpersonal safety distance between users can be respected. On the other hand, for trips and walks on the beach or around swimming pools, the use of a mask will be mandatory.

*  While consuming food/drink (put the mask back on after eating and just socializing or for that trip to the toilet)
*  Those doing active exercise (running, biking, etc)
*  Those with severe respiratory problems
*  Children under 6 years of age
The rules are still unfolding and being announced. As we have new information we will update this page.  Social distancing still needs to be maintained.

“From midnight, masks will be compulsory throughout Andalusia “permanently” in closed and open spaces, regardless of whether the safety distance of one and a half meters can be maintained and “with the exception of the family unit”. Whoever does not carry this protection element will be sanctioned. The Andalusian Government tightens the restrictions after detecting twenty active outbreaks , which accumulate 362 infections.

The president of the Andalusian Government, Juanma Moreno , announced this Monday during his speech at the closing of the meeting of the Public University Forum held at the Palacio de San Telmo. “We have to reduce the number of infections and if we have to wear masks to reduce this contagion, we will all wear a mask ” the president proclaimed, a decision that had already been approved this morning by the committee of experts that advises the Andalusian government during the crisis sanitary.

Moreno has called the Andalusians to set an example by taking preventive measures. ” We cannot go back to stage zero, we cannot stop the economy , we cannot see the deaths of thousands, we cannot go back steps, to the stage of suffering, and unfortunately we do not have effective treatment or vaccination, we only have one instrument: individual responsibility to protect ourselves and others. ” In this way, ” the virus will have the least possible impact in Andalusia , and we will ensure that the economy and life are as little damaged as possible.” “It depends on each and every Andalusian,” stressed the President of the Board.”

“Despite the heat, difficulties and limitations, we have to get used to wearing the mask permanently. With the use of the mask, the risk of contagion is reduced to 1%,”

Official bulletin from the Junta de Andalucia regarding the use of masks from 15 July onward.
(original in Spanish here)

Junta de Andalucia board announcement – you can read it here in Spanish.

Read full article (in Spanish on El Mundo)    Read article in English on El Pais    Read more in Spanish Sevilla ABC

 

Masks are Mandatory (Andalucia) As of Wednesday, July 15 at 00:00 (or midnight of the night of July 14)

We’re Open as of June!

The state of alarm ended on June 21.  Many foreign tourists will be allowed from July 1 and summer is here!  Keep in mind that fiestas and celebrations were cancelled for 2020.  There are still people out and about enforcing the social distancing rules.  The stretch of road from the Paseo del Altillo to San Cristobal beach will be blocked to road traffic for a few hours each night, to allow for more pedestrians.

We are now back to having pretty much everything open and operating.  Stores, Restaurants and public establishments have made the required social distancing measures to be open.  It is recommended to call ahead for a restaurant reservation, if possible.  Of course, you can always walk by and see if tables are open as well.  Sometimes this is preferred, just to verify they are practicing the social distancing and disinfecting rules.  We have several lists of restaurants in Almuñécar and La Herradura for you to try.

The Markets are back in July!
Both the Almuñécar Friday Market and the Sunday Rastro will reopen with 50% of the stalls and with the corresponding security measures and signage for access to the premises and visitor routes.

Some of the local hotels opted to wait until July to open.  There are new rules for the beach and we will just carry on, knowing the COVID is still out there.  Masks should be with you at all times and worn when a distance of 2 meters can’t be met.  Most establishments will have hand gel available for you or possibly gloves or masks.  Here are some tours and activities to choose from, all with safety measures in mind.

Almunecar views June 2020 wind sea

Summer 2020 Beach Rules

Rules for the Use of Beaches of Almuñécar – La Herradura (Facilitate the work of law enforcement and surveillance).
– Rescue and Surveillance Service from 11:00 to 20:00 p.m. June 19 to September 11
– Respect the safety distance.
– Respect the distance of 2 meters apart and a maximum of 2 umbrellas.
– Banned: Camping, domestic animals and barbecues.
– Banned: Toldos, tents, tents or similar.

Masks  Beaches & Pools :
Mask should be worn at all times, excluding while sitting in a certain space with family of same household sunning, as long as the interpersonal safety distance between users can be respected. On the other hand, for trips and walks on the beach or around swimming pools, the use of a mask will be mandatory.

The do not need to be used when:

*  While consuming food/drink (put the mask back on after eating and just socializing or for that trip to the toilet)
*  Those doing active exercise (running, biking, etc)
*  Those with severe respiratory problems
*  Children under 6 years of age
The rules are still unfolding and being announced. As we have new information we will update this page.  Social distancing still needs to be maintained.

Rules for the Use of Beaches of Almuñécar - La Herradura (Facilitate the work of law enforcement and surveillance). - Rescue and Surveillance Service from 11:00 to 20:00 p.m. June 19 to September 11 - Respect the safety distance. - Respect the distance of 2 meters apart and a maximum of 2 umbrellas. - Banned: Camping, domestic animals and barbecues. - Banned: canpoy, tents, or similar.

Pick up your PLAYA SEGURA KIT  (Beach safety kit) at our Almuñecar and La Herradura tourist offices.
Available from 22 June until supplies run out.

This four cone kit will allow to mark the safety distances between bathers and users on the beaches of #Almuñécar and #LaHerradura
an environmentally friendly and sustainable proposal
 made with recycled material
 biodegradable
 reusable
simple assembly
The cones have the instructions for use in four languages: English, French, German and Spanish

Pick up your PLAYA SEGURA KIT  (Beach safety kit) at our Almuñecar and La Herradura tourist offices.

Coronavirus in Almuñécar & La Herradura Spain Phases

We are keeping the below information as a record of what we have experienced the past several months.  We know this virus is now under control in Spain, but that doesn’t mean we can let our guards down.  It is still out there and we need to do all we can to prevent the spread and allow us all to enjoy everything Almuñécar & La Herradura have to offer.

Spain state of alarm ended June 21, 2020

The state of alarm lockdown has been extended to June 21st.  Spain’s prime minister is speeding up both the deescalation of coronavirus confinement measures, and the country’s political tensions.
As of June 21, when the final extension to the state of alarm is over, Spaniards will begin to recover their freedom of movement across the country, provided that there are no unexpected obstacles. We will have freedom of movement.
As of July 1 we can travel anywhere in the country and international travelers will be allowed to enter. Read moreAs of June 8, all provinces in Andalusia, including Málaga and Granada, will be in Phase 3. Read more

Spain plans to open to international tourists as of July 1st.  Read more 

 

Spain’s deescalation measures

As of May 4, there will be four phases over May and June, which should allow us all to get to the “New Normal” by the end of June or later. This may vary by region and does depend on the numbers remaining in control.  The dates are NOT set in stone and can vary based on location.  Each area must have approval to move to a new phase.   Read full press release by the ministry of health.

 

See what phase your province is in and what activities are allowed.  Read more here.  Although no specific dates have been set for each phase, below is an approximate calendar.  At best, the four phases of the transition to the new normal plan will run until the end of June. A minimum period of two weeks will pass between each phase, which will be extended if the markers indicate so.  There has been a bit of a merge of activities allowed in Phase 2 & 3.  The photo below is just a general guide.
coronaviris_spain_de_escalation_phases_via_el_pais

Almuñécar – La Herradura Phases

There are various phases we will move through in order to safely and cautiously move out of the pandemic state.  Starting at Phase 0 moving to Phase 3 and then we carry on.

Phase 3 as of Monday, June 8, 2020

Granada will go to phase 3 this Monday despite not having completed the 14 days of quarantine raised by the Government . The Ministry of Health today gave the go-ahead for the province to stop lagging behind the rest of Andalusia and for the whole community, as a whole, to go to phase 3 next Monday. This decision is made due to the good evolution of the territory .

From this point regional authorities assume control of the deescalation process during this stage, and can decide how long this last phase should last.  Read announcement.

Continue with wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands

Travel – There is greater flexibility in general mobility. However, movement between Andalusian provinces is not yet confirmed. stay tuned!
Andalusia and the Basque Country announced on Saturday that they will permit their residents to move freely between provinces. The Andalusian premier, Juan Manuel Moreno, warned, however, that he would “respond forcefully” should there be any new outbreaks of the ciris. “If the restriction of movement is needed in the future, we will do it,” he said this weekend,  read more

Bars, Restaurants and Cafes – The capacity of a maximum of 50% of its capacity will be extended, providing the separation of clients is guaranteed.  Standing near people with a minimum separation of 2 meters are allowed between customers of the bar. The open-air terraces of the hotel and restaurant establishments may be opened to the public, limiting the capacity to 75% of the tables allowed, based on the corresponding municipal license from the prior year.

  • Shopping Centers – The ban on the use of common areas and recreational areas of shopping centers is lifted. Of course, the capacity of the shopping center and commercial establishtments will be limited to 50%, with a safety distance of 2 meters.
  • Markets with stalls – Open-air markets may have 50% of the stalls or they may increase the surface area that allows a similar distance between stalls. This will be done at the discretion of the municipalities that must guarantee the safety distance of two meters between people.  We do not have a date for the return of the Friday Market or the Sunday Rastro at this time.
  • Social, Weddings and the like – Social contact is allowed for non-vulnerable people or those with previous pathologies. Weddings can be held with a maximum number of 150 attendees outdoors and 75 indoors. without exceeding 75% of the facilities capacity.
  • Public Transport – 100% of city and interurban public transport services are expected to operate.
  • Hotels and Tourist Accommodation –  Common spaces capacity increases to 50%.
  • Outdoor shows may be held before a maximum of 800 spectators.  As a condition, attendees must remain seated and respect the social distance of two meters.
  • Leisure Activities  – The reopening of performing and musical arts rooms is planned with a capacity limit of 1/3.  Likewise, those cultural acts and shows of less than 80 people in closed places may also open with 30% of their capacity.
  • Active and nature tourism and bathing on the beach are allowed, in safety and distance conditions.
  • Shows and sports activities are authorized in closed spaces (only for practicing sports in which there is no contact or the risk of contagion is moderate, for example a skating rink). The public will be limited to one person for every 20 m2.
  • Games may be held with a maximum of one third of the capacity, always guaranteeing safety separation between spectators as well as outdoor sports activities. You can go to the gym with a maximum capacity of one third and without using the changing rooms.

Official BOE  – boletín oficial del estado fase 3

Phase 2   as of  June 1, 2020

Under Phase 2, regions will be able to decide whether or not classes should restart in schools, social gatherings of up to 15 people are allowed, and there are no restrictions on outdoor activity.  Masks, social distancing and washing hands all remain.  The municipality has the right to alter some of the restrictions and we will do our best to keep this up to date with the latest information.

  • Continue with wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands
  • No restrictions for outdoor activity
  • Beaches open (with limited capacity)
  • 15 people meetings at home and social gatherings
  • Active tourism in groups of 20 or fewer –  tours and activities
  • You will be able to travel to the second residence, if you are within the same province
  • Shopping malls open – Here is info about Nevada Shopping Center in Granada and shopping in Motril
    (with limited capacity and stay in your province)
  • Travel within the same province are allowed
  • Outdoor markets (with limited capacity – we aren’t sure yet when the Friday Market or Sunday Rastro will resume)
  • Hotels and tourist establishments open (under restrictions and limited capacity)
  • Restaurants, Bars, Terraces (with limited capacity)
  • Pools can be opened to carry out sports activities, the use of changing rooms is allowed, but no showers  (with limited capacity)
  • Visits to monuments, museums and libraries (with limited capacity)
  • Educational & training centers open to make administrative efforts (with limited capacity) preference of online training.
  • Movies & Cinema (with limited capacity)
  • Weddings – Wedding ceremonies may take place in all kinds of
    facilities, public or private, as long as it is not exceeded 50% of its capacity. A maximum of 100 may attend
    people in outdoor spaces or 50 people in closed spaces, maintaining social distance, hygiene hands, and a mask.
  • Attendance to places of worship (with 50% capacity)
  • You can go to wake and burials with a maximum of attendees (with restrictions)
  • NO Nightclubs
  • Full detailed guide to Phase 2
    in Spanish – Click Here   or  Google translation to English – Click Here
  • Official BOE  – boletín oficial del estado fase 2

 

Beaches Summer 2020 Covid 19 update

Starting Monday, 1 June the beaches of Almuñécar and La Herradura will be open daily 09:00 – 23:00

Lifeguard and Rescue services will be available from
12 June – 6 September 6, daily 11:00 — 20:00
 
maintaining a distance of at least 2 meters, both in the water and on the dry surface. This distance should not be kept between members of the same household. In the event that the distance cannot be ensured, a mask will have to be used,

 


Phase 0

Business

May 4 – Businesses with appointments may open and home delivery or pick up food

Schools will continue virtually and classes will resume on campus in September.

Walks & Exercise

April 26 – under 14 years (up to 3) with 1 adult

May 2 – Walks and exercise 14 years + with time slots and rules

Quoted from N332 Facebook :The following information has been taken and translated from a live press conference given by Salvador Illa, Health Minister, today 30th April 2020 at 6pm.The population (from 14 year olds upwards) will be allowed to take walks and do exercise from Saturday 2nd May.The ‘de-escalation’ Committee has established “time slots” to organize the outings of the population and protect the most vulnerable groups. The decision was made “according to the data that shows the good evolution of the pandemic in Spain,” they explain.

⭐️ Adults from the age 14 years old upwards may go out for walks or to do exercise within the time slot of 6am to 10am, and from 8pm to 11pm. Once a day, one hour only. Walks radius 1km  (click here to see what 1km is from your home). Exercise can be more but only inside municipality.

⭐️ Dependent adults (elderly, those with a carer, etc) may go out between 10am and 12 midday, and between 7pm and 8pm. Walk is Once a day, one hour. Radius 1km   (click here to see what 1km is from your home). Inside municipality.

⭐️ Children (under 14 years old) may now only go out between 12 midday and 7pm. Under the same conditions as before, with only 1 adult, maximum 3 children. No meetings with other children nor adults, nor playing with others. Once a day, one hour. Radius 1km. Inside municipality.

 You may use bicycles, scooters, roller-skates, surf boards even! As long as the sport that you are practicing, you do it ALONE. Once a day inside your municipality.

You may take a walk with one other person, with whom you live. 1 hour, 1km, once a day.
(click here to see what 1km is from your home)

 And always clean/disinfect all equipment used while outside, when back home. And of course, wash your hands well, etc. These are government recommendations.

 When going out for the walk with persons from your same home, it is highly recommended to wear a mask. It is understood that when practicing exercise or sport, it is not so easy to wear a mask, due to heavy breathing etc.

 You must at ALL TIMES keep at least a 2 metre distance from all other persons.

Remember, the walk (which can be done with ONE PERSON ONLY, who lives with you), is different to the exercise, that must be done alone. For example, to go out to cycle or a run, you must go alone. If you are just going for a normal short walk, you can do it with someone you live with.

🚫You must NOT use communal sport areas for example; tennis courts, football pitches, etc. The use of these areas is NOT PERMITTED.

🚫No comment was given on golf courses. We would assume it counts as a communal sport area.

🚫You cannot take your car to go somewhere else, further away, for your walk or exercise. You must stay in your own municipality, without taking your car.

Each town hall may also give further regulations for their town. This news is for Spain in general.

In municipalities with a population of less than 5.000, these time slots do not apply. Those who live in such towns may do exercise/walks from 6am – 11pm, as there will be no risk of overcrowding.

Definition of dependent person: “A dependent person is one who has limitations to carry out one or more basic life activities, such as dressing, washing, cooking or shopping.” Source: Google.

Translated by Phoebe Liddiard. 

Here is an article in English and it will continue to evolve.

 

Phase 1  as of May 18

Almunecarinfo Granada province moves to phase 1 as of May 18

 

  • The following has been added in addition to Phase O – exercise and outing time schedule
  • Social gatherings of up to 10 people in open air or in homes,  ** all ages providing you are healthy and not ill or symptomatic
    (maintain social distance and wash hands)
  • Traveling in Cars
    • members of the same household may travel by car together (max 9 people)
    • members of different households may travel together, with one person per row of seats.
  • Terraces – open air terraces 50% occupancy (restaurants, bars, cafes)
  • Stores under 400 sqm – may open with appointments
  • Hotels – Hotels and tourist accommodation can also reopen for guests living in the same province, but common areas will be shut.
  • Places of worship – Places of worship will reopen with 30% capacity
  • Open air markets –  reopen with 25% capacity (we don’t have confirmation about local markets yet)
  • ITV stations – they will open in Phase I.  Read about the Spain ITV renewal process and online appointments
  • FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions – Read here.
  • Official detailed bulletin in Spanish –   click here
  • Visiting family and friends, attending funerals, shopping without an appointment, or sitting on a bar terrace are some of the things that will be allowed
  • Sources from the Spanish Health Ministry on Saturday provided more details about the deescalation of coronavirus confinement measures, explaining that during Phase 1, which will begin on May 11 in provinces that meet the set requirements, up to 10 people will be able to meet either in the open air or in their homes, provided that they maintain an interpersonal distance of two meters. They will also be required to respect hygiene measures such as handwashing.
  • The use of cars during Phase 1 will also be subject to regulations. Vehicles will be permitted to be occupied by up to nine people, provided that they all live in the same home. If the occupants of a vehicle do not live together, a limit of one person in each row of seats will apply, and they will have to wear masks.
  • Sidewalk cafés can also reopen, albeit at 50% of their usual capacity.  Hotels and tourist accommodation can also reopen for guests living in the same province, but common areas will be shut. Places of worship will reopen, while activity will also restart in the food and fishing sectors. Open-air markets will be limited to 25% of their usual capacity, while religious celebrations will be limited to 30%.  Read full article.
  • Restrictions for walking are maintained
  • You will be able to travel to the second residence if you are within the same province
  • Hotels and tourist establishments open (under restrictions)
  • Travel within the same province are allowed
  • You can go to wake and burials with a maximum of attendees (with restrictions)
  • Attendance to places of worship (with capacity)
  • Outdoor markets are back
  • Reopen some shops (with restrictions)
  • Terraces at 50 percent
  • Ten people meetings at home
  • Educational centers open to make administrative efforts (enabling a safe stay for this)
  • Visits to museums and libraries (with restrictions)

 

Almuñécar suspends fiestas in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis

Almuñécar suspends its Patron Saint Festivities in August 2020 (feria & fireworks), as well as all neighborhood fiestas due to the coronavirus crisis.  Read full article here

 

Spain’s deescalation measures


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Heidi is passionate about travel (50+ countries) and loves experiencing the world with hubby Alan and their 2 kids. In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”, quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Almuñécar. She likes to share all of her favorites things about the area, as well as practical information too. You may also view their family travel blog, Wagoners Abroad, at https://wagonersabroad.com

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