Almuñécar – La Herradura Coronavirus COVID-19, Announcements

Social distancing, Keep Calm, and Wash your hands.  It is recommended everyone participate in the deescalation period through to the end.  There have been just 19 cases reported from March – May and no deaths reported.  Almuñécar – La Herradura is part of the Granada province and the province will move to Phase I on May 18.  It is a minimum of 2 weeks before we can be reviewed to move to the next phase.

Spain state of alarm to May 24, 2020

As of May 6, the state of alarm lockdown has been extended to May 24th, but with some different measures based on regions. Read more

As of May 15, In Andalusia, the provinces Málaga and Granada will move to Phase 1 on may 18.  Read more

Coronavirus cases confirmed in Almuñécar Spain

As of May 16, 2020 – The Almuñécar Municipality has reported 19 cases of coronavirus.  Interactive map and numbers here.


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.

Almuñécar – La Herradura Phases


Phase 0


  • 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



Contact Info, Questions & Answers

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:
– 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.

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.

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:

Current 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.


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