Almuñécar Coronavirus COVID-19, Announcements

Stay inside, Keep Calm and Wash your hands.  It is recommended everyone participate in the self isolation period, with only essential movement until April 11, 2020.  If you have a holiday planned prior to that, we suggest you reschedule.

Current 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.

Announcement from the Police 30/3/2020

Home Delivery List

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.

Pharmacy (home delivery & after hours)


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:
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.

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:

Spain extends lockdown 15 more days until April 11, 2020

As of March 22, the lockdown has been extended 15 days beyond the original date.
Read full article.


What is essential work?

The Spanish government this weekend opted to impose stricter confinement measures on residents of Spain in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced on Saturday the halt of all non-essential activities starting today, Monday March 30, until Thursday April 9, both inclusive. April 10 is a national holiday in Spain for Easter Friday. Read more here.


Full detailed post here.

Questions & Answers

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



Through this page we will centralize the main questions and answers, as well as their MODIFICATIONS and NOVELTIES.


What commercial establishments can open?

Can I open my trade?

Can you continue to perform home services (masonry, plumbers, repair technicians, locksmiths, installers, electricians, cleaning …)?

If I observe little diligence in measures adopted by an establishment?

A colleague has gone home with symptoms compatible with coronavirus. Can they force the center to close?

How can I adapt my business to the dictated measures?

And many more on this topic Read more.


Can I go out to gardens or squares?

I can go outside?

Can a family member or friend pick me up by car to avoid a walk?

Can I drive with my vehicle? And do it accompanied?

Does my car insurance cover accidents during the Alarm State? Even if my journey is not justified?

A household appliance (fridge, hob …) has broken down at home. Could I go and pick it up at a store that I have located outside the municipality?

and many mo

re on this topic Read more.


How many cases are there in my city?

I think I have compatible symptoms. Should I go to the Hospital?

I have mobility problems or I belong to a risk group. Can I ask a family member or friend to buy me food or medicine?

If I have to run several errands within those allowed activities (shopping, going to the pharmacy …) Is it better to do everything at once or an exit for each justified task?

and many more on this topic Read more.


Can you take the dog out?

Can I take my pet to the vet?

and many more on this topic Read more.


Can you play in sports or recreational facilities?

Can you go to churches or places of worship of other religions?

A relative has passed away, can I go to the funeral home and subsequent burial and / or cremation?

and many more on this topic Read more.


Can I go to the City Council to carry out the usual procedures?

Do you open Correos?

What do I do if I have to renew the DNI?

Does the Alarm State affect the operation of Hospitals and health centers?

Can I do procedures and procedures with Social Security?

Do I have to pay in the Blue Zone (ORA Service)?

Will I be able to buy butane? Will the home delivery continue?

Can I make a move?

and many more on this topic Read more.

RUMORS Read more.

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.



In principle, the order is to stay home. However, you will be allowed to go to buy food, pharmaceuticals and basic necessities; go to the doctor and health facilities; to work (this includes professional benefits performed abroad); return to the main address; provide assistance to elderly, minor, dependent, disabled or especially vulnerable people; go to the bank or the insurance company or leave due to force majeure or need.


Yes. This is one of the exit circumstances that is allowed. However only one person with the dog and it should be a short walk, just to take care of business and not a leisure walk. You should avoid contact with others at all times.

You should not go out for exercise, socializing, parks, playgrounds, only essential movements.

All tourism activities, general sports, social and cultural activities, restaurants, bars will be closed.  If there is a drive through take away service, it is likely it can remain open, but no food or drink may be consumed on property. There may be some essential stores open.

Transportation options will be cut down and flights can only be 1/3 occupied.


Yes. The decree does not specify the sanctions, fines or penalties that must be applied. It refers to the laws in force. It is not the same trying to sneak into the line to buy bread than trying to rob a supermarket, steal medical supplies or throw a party in the park. Observance of the provisions is the responsibility of each citizen . Notwithstanding the national, regional or local police, the civil guard as well as any of the troops acting under orders of the competent authority, in this case the Interior Minister, may intervene. In the event that the non-compliant is a public authority or official, he / she may be immediately suspended from the exercise of the position without prejudice to other responsibilities.

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:
– Electronic Mail
– WahtsApp: 680242275 (no calls)
– Download App:
– Social Networks

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

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.

Statement from the Almuñécar Mayor about closures

The political groups in a meeting today 12/03/2020 advocate that the following measures be adopted, in the area of public health in relation to local public activities and services, due to the current situation caused by COVID-19.

The following are suspended for 15 days  (until 27 March), including activities and municipal centers.


* Tourism offices
* Aquarium, Loro Sexi and all museums
* Restaurants & Bars
* Theaters and Auditoriums
* School of music and dance
* Day centers and 3rd Age
* Municipal senior centers
* Feria / Fairs, congresses (Fiestas San Jose suspended)
* Municipal workshops for the elderly
* Municipal libraries
* Municipal swimming pools
* Sports facilities
* Markets (both mercadillos and mercados) – La Herradura municipal market, Friday Market, Sunday Market
* Public schools closed until 30/03/2020
* Public Beaches
* Parks and Playgrounds
* Self isolation is requested for the 2 week period, until March 27
* Self imposed closure of some businesses and restaurants
*  postponed – The Icon Marina Regatta scheduled for March 14 and 15 in Almuñécar – La Herradura.
Other activities of a formative, recreational, festive, or commercial nature that involve the concentration of people in dependencies or public roads.
Recommend the non-celebration of activities and private parties.  They ask the elderly or people with various pathologies to isolate themselves.

Almuñécar Beaches Closed

Due to the imminent declaration of the State of Alarm, the Almuñécar City Council has decided to close the municipality’s beaches to the public as of this Saturday, March 14.

All the population is asked to respect this restriction, which will be signposted with a red flag on the entire coastline of the municipality. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Political groups call for personal responsibility of the residents of Almunecar, keeping calm and avoiding displacements, and public transport, as far as possible.  Adopt the measures proposed by all the political groups represented in the Almunecar City Council.  Sorry for the inconvenience.
Almuñécar Beaches Closed

Almuñécar Public Schools

As of Thursday, March 12, the decision was made for temporary suspension of the actual classes in schools. Thi is the Andalusian health recommendation to take measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

This suspension will be effective from Monday 16 March to 27 March (both included). In principle, the return to normal activity is scheduled for Monday, March 30, but is subject to the recommendations of the competent authorities.

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

Almuñécar Stores

Grocery stores have shortened hours (9am-7pm) and limited products will be stocked.  Many have wipes to clean your cart or trolley and some may have gloves available. You must keep a minimum of 1 meter distances from any other person, including when you stand in line at the check out.  Most now have the floor marked, so you can see this distance.

More information on the Coronavirus cases confirmed in Almuñécar Spain

The Almuñécar health center has been closed after detecting five cases of coronavirusread more

Granada digital article  LINK

Europtropical article  LINK

El Mundo article about Granada province LINK

Mercadona Announcement effective 16/03/20

In order to avoid crowds and unpleasant situations and long queues,
these are some of the measures that will be taken in Mercadona starting
next Monday:

  •   The ham knife cut is removed.
  •   Suspension of home services and teleshopping.
  • We will have 500 products for sale.  These are the only products we are going to sell.
    The trucks will come full with those basic products.
  • More measurements.
    • Check the store capacity.  They will be marked as they have to be done.
    • Also disinfectants for customers who come in, nobody enters without
      disinfecting their hands
    • Product returns are not made.  I don’t know returns anything nothing
      nothing under any circumstances.
    •  Suspension of fresh fish.
    •  Suspension of the oven in the bakery. only packaged items will be sold.
    • There will be no bread in bulk.
    • no butcher facilities or actions.
    • The fish will not be cleaned
    • Sushi will be suspended

The opening hours will be from 09:00 to 20:00 in principle.  For the moment, there may be changes.

Posters will be put up to inform customers, which must be complied with by and for our safety, such as:

  •   Safety distance.
  •   How to wash your hands
  •   How they have to behave towards the workers … etc.

At the end of today there will be more news.

Granada Province news

This plan includes suspending classes for all educational stages for two weeks and, temporarily, closing museums and monuments, such as the Alhambra, and closing sports facilities.attached to the Ministry. Juanma Moreno explained that these are the first actions that are going to be carried out to try to stop the expansion of the coronavirus in Andalusia, but that in the coming weeks new guidelines will be evaluated to implement in the near future.  Read full article.

Lockdown and what it means for you.

What it means and how it will affect people here in Spain. “Solidarity Lockdown” meaning a recommendation for citizens to stay home in order to avoid the spread of the CV. No unnecessary integration in public spaces.

As from Monday, 16 March.
Many Bars, restaurants, and clubs, all beaches, public parks, schools, universities will be closed. Public gatherings, parades, concerts all banned. This does not include supermarkets, medical centres, pharmacies or service stations!

Health care. Pharmacies are reassuring people that supplies will be available and they will remain open but only come if its necessary. Hospitals will remain open with all leave cancelled for health care workers. Hospitals in the region are cancelling non emergency appointments please call and check if your unsure on this. Note there is a separate CV number if you are concerned about this particular issue. People accompanying patients to A+E units are not allowed to stay with them in the waiting rooms without permission.

Travel. People are permitted to travel for work or family emergencies. Public transport will remain operational airports and train stations will stay open. Tourists will be allowed to travel home but those departing and arriving on flights will have to justify their movements. Obviously flights are currently cancelled but all airlines will be different, so just wait for your airline to email you with instructions. Travellers at train stations will have to sign police forms to say they are travelling for proven work needs, situations of necessity, health reasons or to return home. People may have to have temperatures taken at airports and train stations. On the main roads police will be checking whether drivers are complying with movement restrictions. Cruise ships are forbidden to dock.

Shops. Food stores are allowed to remain open at all hours but staff will enforce the 1 metre safety distance for customers. Petrol stations will also remain open.


Make your own Face Mask

The full instructions are below, but you may also download the pdf here >>> make a mask.


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