DigameXtra Pandemic Update Sunday 15MAR20 – No Regular Issue Today, Full Issues Return Monday

SPAIN’S 15 DAY LOCKDOWN BEGINS MONDAY MORNING

DigameXtra will continue publishing daily.  I anticipate few new  submissions for the next 2 weeks considering the circumstances. Yet in these times DigameXtra is in a unique position to provide updated information and facilitate  messaging between readers, groups, etc. I encourage readers to share “lockdown” related photos from their neighborhoods to give readers an idea of what to expect when they venture out.

Note From Naythan: DoctorLaptop will be open all day Sunday for last minute drop-offs before what looks to be an enforced 2 week vacation from computerland. Call 675 993 069 to arrange drop-offs.

 

For local info visit your Town Hall website or Facebook page.
Example: From https://www.facebook.com/AytoTorrox/

 

Sunday statistics on coronavirus in Spain. Spain currently has a total number of 6,315 COVID-19 cases with 1,083 new cases and 193 fatalities of which 60 are new. https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/14/spains-latest-statistics-on-coronavirus-analysis-and-breaking-statistics-around-the-world/

 

Follow the 1 meter rule! As I saw Saturday in a Torrox Costa tobacco shop, many businesses that do remain open will be enforcing a manditory minimum distance of 1 to 1.5 meters between all individuals. Stores may limit the number of customers allowed in at one time, forcing you to wait in line outside, maintaining the 1 meter rule.

 

Those with dogs are to be allowed to walk them if they maintain basic social distancing rules such as maintaining a safe distance between other dogwalkers, according to http://www.thelocal.es. However, with parks and beaches closed, city dwellers will be limited to sidewalk strolls. 

 

From the local news, updated Sunday 1AM:

surinenglish.com:
Andalusian government orders closure of bars, restaurants and non-essential businesses. President of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, raised the Emergency Level in the region from 1 to 2 on Saturday.
Only supermarkets and food stores, pharmacies, petrol stations and emergency clinics will be allowed to remain open.
The closure of all beaches along the Andalusian coastline is also among the measures.
This is the first time that Emergency Level 2 has been activated in the region. Full article:
http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202003/14/andalusian-government-orders-closure-20200314201317.html

 

thelocal.es
Coronavirus: What you can and can’t do during Spain’s state of alert.
Spain is on lockdown. Everything except supermarkets and pharmacies is closed and from Monday people will not be allowed to leave their homes except to get supplies or for exceptional reasons.
Everyone in Spain, regardless of the region, will be expected to stay within their homes and police will be given the powers to stop and question people found outside and in vehicles using public roads.
Public transport will not be shut down entirely, although it will be reduced by fifty percent.
People will only be allowed on the streets and to circulate in private cars under the following circumstances:
To buy essentials from supermarkets or pharmacies
Strict measures will be in place at shops to prevent crowding and ensure that consumers and employees remain at least one metre apart from each other to reduce the risk of contagion.
To go to work
To return to your primary place of residence
To visit needy relatives or vulnerable people
To visit the doctor or hospital
Phone ahead to check the appointment is still happening as non-essential treatment at hospitals has in most cases been postponed. If you have symptoms of the coronavirus stay home in quarantine and if the symptoms become severe then contact your regional hotline.
To visit financial institutions
We are assuming this is to visit a cash point only.
Due to force majeure, an unspecified activity that can be justified as a valid reason.
Can I socialize with my friends?
Um no, the whole point is that people need to stay home and socially distance to try and slow down spread of COVID-19.
All bars, restaurants, cultural spaces have been shut down across Spain and you’ll be stopped if you are spotted sitting in a park chatting with friends.
How long will this last?
The state of alert will be in place for 15 days but could be extended with permission of Spain’s parliament.
Should I be stockpiling?
Authorities insist there is no need to stockpile beyond buying enough to last the household for a week at a time, because the supplies are not threatened.
Police stops
Spain’s police forces have the power to stop vehicles on public roads to check their purpose of being there and adds that drivers will be able to refuel at service stations.
But those with dogs are to be allowed to walk them if they maintain basic social distancing rules such as maintaining a safe distance between other dogwalkers.
https://www.thelocal.es/20200314/coronavirus-what-you-can-and-cant-do-during-spains-state-of-alert

 

euroweeklynews.com
Drastic measures vital to ‘win war against Coronavirus’ says Spain’s Prime Minister. As well as the closure of all educational establishments and centres, he confirmed the closure of all public places and spaces, including restaurants, bars, gyms, parks, beaches, museums, etc across the whole of Spain.
The ‘drastic’ measures now include severe restrictions on citizen movements, which are limited to buying urgent supplies, such as food or medicines or travel to work for the next 15 days to limit the spread of the virus. “ All journeys, whether by car, foot or public transport can only be for emergency supplies, and not social purposes. Yes you can go to check in on a vulnerable family member, and even walk the dog, but going to have coffee/dinner with friends is not allowed,” he clarified.
He reiterated that the Government will guarantee production and distribution of basic supplies. Establishments permitted to remain open are limited to supermarkets, bakeries, fishmongers, butcher’s shops, greengrocers, pharmacies, petrol stations, tobacconists and newspaper kiosks. All other commercial and public establishments will remain closed, he confirmed. Full article:
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/14/breaking-news-drastic-measures-vital-to-win-war-against-coronavirus-says-spains-prime-minister/

 

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Brexit Hotline

The Spanish government has a hotline to answer all queries from Brits living in Spain about the implications of Brexit, in English. Callers can ring 060 when in Spain or +34 902 887060 if calling from abroad and an automated system will offer the choice of either Spanish or English.
You will then be offered a choice of information on the different issues.
The service also offers the option of speaking to an operator for those requiring further information or with a specific query not dealt with by the automated options. Source: https://www.thelocal.es/20200218/spain-launches-dedicated-brexit-hotline

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Weekly Markets
Monday: Torrox Costa
Tuesday: Nerja, Salobrena
Wednesday: Rincon de la Victoria, Algarrobo Costa
Thursday: Velez Malaga, Torre del Mar, Frigiliana
Friday: Almunecar, Salobrena, La Herradura- Summers only
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Torrox: 952 539 828
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Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

Local News in English, The Sur: http://www.surinenglish.com/
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