DigameXtra No. 1648 Monday, June 8th 2020

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What’s On

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Andalucia Moves to Phase 3 Today


Almuñecar Jazz en la Costa festival: July 22 and 25 in the Auditorium at the El Majuelo park.



Art Exhibition by Irene Grant: June 11 to July 8, 9am-11pm
It’s a really nice restaurant on the beach for bio food and drink now open again.
Bio Beach Club, Paseo Maritimo 5, El Morche 29793, 657 36 45 94


Bar Extremena: Bar Extremena in Archez has re opened after 18 months closure due to illness. Highly recommended. Family run. Food excellent and plentiful. Everyone welcome. Kevin. Canillas de Albaida.
kevin.greensmith @ gmail . com


Relaxation concert “El Mundo Del Nagual”:
With all my heart I invite you to a wonderful sound journey.
DATE: 11th of June 2020 at 19
The oldest instruments from distant corners of the world will guide you on this journey, sounds of the Aboriginal didgeridoo, the drums of the North American Indians & the Icaros, the sounds of the amazon tribes, African kalimba, tank drum will enchant & hold you in the time of the Unknown, in the time of the Nagual. Relax, forget about yesterday, and remember yourself.
Surrounded by the depths of music, silence, relaxation, you will connect with your higher self, with the rhythm of your own melody & with the infinity of being inside you.
WHAT TO BRING: You, and yourself, open heart and mind, water, karimate or something to lay down on and a blanket.
PREPARE your intention and/or a question that you would like to have answered.
INVESTMENT: 20 Euros per person
RESERVATIONS: Jo 650 19 37 77 Lukas 642 56 15 86
PLEASE confirm your attendance.
WHERE: Diseminado Cabrillas 312
Ctra MA-3116 Benamocarra
Cortijo Bravo- Casas. (15,00 km)
29700 Vélez-Málaga  FB link


Pablo’s Restaurante: Now open! Calle Salitre, BLQ 80 bajo (East Side), 29770 Torrox Costa.
Large covered terrace for drinks, meals and snacks. Just a few meters from the Paseo Maritimo. +34 642 06 75 62. Photo:Marvin Joa
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Portobello Cafe: Traditional Breakfast & Lunch Cafe/Bar. Opens 8am. Tostadas, breakfast platters, tapas and assorted Spanish dishes. Cafe plus a shady, covered terrace set in gardens. BLQ 79 bajo (East Side), Torrox Costa. Close to the bus station and taxi stand. We are open now!


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BluCee – Post full lockdown, we are now offering all previous services including property viewings and holiday rental services.
We are friendly, honest and offer a bespoke service for all your property needs.
Do you have a property that you would like to earn some extra income from in the next few months? If you do, we have professionals who are looking for longer term rentals. Especially on the coast from Rincon de la Victoria to Torre del Mar. We have the contacts, you have the property – list with us and we will work hard to make your property work for you!
Our offer is comprehensive, including all aspects of property management, one off or regular cleans, holiday changeovers and key holding.
Not only this but we can also fully manage your property, securing bookings, liaising with clients, arranging meet and greets, cleaning and laundry services.
In fact, we commit to do everything necessary to get your property rental-ready – guaranteed!
Thinking of selling your home? Lockdown has created some positives, one being lots of people have been stuck at home dreaming of their perfect place in the sun. We have a long list of clients looking to buy – list with us and we will work hard to sell your home!
For a no obligation discussion about your property please get in touch.
We are based in Rincon de la Victoria.
For examples of our fantastic sales and holiday rental properties, please take a look at our website: www.BluCee.com
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CycleNerja: Bike rental and cycle hire in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana. Free Bike delivery and collection service is available anywhere in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana and the inland villages. Professional Carbon Race Bikes, 29er Mountain Bikes & Electric Mountain Bikes. Free delivery subject to a minimum rental value of 90,00 euros. Contact via https://cyclenerja.com/ Contact also located under our banner in the DigameXtra Sponsor’s Section every day.


Hanningtons Kitchens and Bathrooms: We have been installing kitchens and bathrooms here on the Costa for 13 years. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, highest standards of work and customer service.
Whether you are thinking of updating an existing kitchen or bathroom, or whether you wish to create the kitchen or bathroom you have always dreamed of, we are here for you, every step of the way.
With an unrivaled knowledge of the best local materials and suppliers we are able to work to all tastes and budgets.
Our full range of services includes
– Installations and Refurbs
– Wall & Floor tiling
– Full range of Plumbing work including radiators and underfloor heating
– Solar Installation
– Design & planning ideas to get the look you are after
– Electrical works
– Alter / Install walls, dropped ceilings and hang doors
– Plastering, woodwork and floor leveling
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Mandy’s Paintbox: Painter for 30 years. Painting work undertaken. Inside and outside large or small. Furniture painted or sprayed. Kitchens cabinets, wardrobes doors any colour any surface. Check out the before and after photos all the furniture was spray painted.
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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: IKEA MALM bed 160 x 200 with 1 or 2 bedside double drawers
We have a complete IKEA MALM bed, birch furnishing, with two mattresses 80 x 200 cm.
(The outer dimensions of the bed are about 176 x 205 cm)
Bed with one double set of drawers : 130 €
Bed with two double set of drawers : 150 €
Located in Old Town Frigiliana
Please email us : riedberg@drei.at
Marina & Jan


For Sale: (Reduced) King size sprung mattress bought in UK but to firm for us. A steal for 50 euro’s. Brand- Sleepsecrets.
Email. Marilyn.boakes at btinternet dot com Triana. Buyer collects.


For Sale: Advantix spot on 10-25 kg dog. I am offering 3 pipettes unopened use by January 2021. €10-
Susana El Morche
email: smokey beagletje @ gmail . com (close gaps)


For Sale: Wooden cupboard (pictures attached).
The size of the cupboard is 149 cms wide, 75 cms high, 40 cms deep
There is a mark inside the cupboard which you can see on the left of the photo, and one of the shelves has been cut back to make room for a larger item. 70 euros. More pics on request.
Buyer collects. Located in Torrox Park. Kathleen.
whatsapp 654 905 185


Recommendations & Requests

Thanks from Royal British Legion Nerja: Thanks to La Raqueta Restaurant and Sandy Lawrence for a wonderful afternoons entertainment I did a collection for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and thanks to all the diners the collection raised 36euros 60 cents many thanks to everyone who gave so generously. Dorothy Allen Poppy Appeal Organizer 951834488


Tree ID: Does anybody know what tree this is? Michael, Frigiliana
mikestevenitt @ gmail . com


Lost watch: On Friday lost a silver coloured watch, silver strap with small diamanté detail where it joins the watch face, either on the local bus from the village to Lidl, or in Lidl itself. Around midday. This watch is of no value to the finder, but great sentimental value.
If you found it, please telephone 629 648 269.
Thank you, Valerie.


Wanted: Earth. Can anyone recommend where I can get earth for a new flower bed, I do not want compost from the gardens centres, about 10/15 large buckets. I am Located in Torrox but willing to travel 30 minutes if necessary. Kathleen, Torrox Park
km (dot)hollington(at)btopenworld.com.
Whatsapp 654 905 195


News & Articles

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Please be careful about believing crisis info posts on Fakebook, Social Media and even mainline news sources: There are tons of hoaxes circulating. If there is no verifiable source provided with the info, while it may contain some degree of truth (as do all good lies) you should always have a healthy degree of scepticism. -Ed.


Covid-19 Statistic Confusion: To avoid confusion from conflicting statistics sources, and so you get the freshest, most accurate data, I am now providing only the links to the Official Spanish sources, and for World statistics Worldometers.com and Financial Times. Just click the link to view the latest info. Full story about the reporting confusion:

For the latest pandemic info visit:


Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:

UK Coronavirus:


CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures: Updated in Spain at 17h on Sunday 7 June
The latest official figures released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Sunday 7 June (link below) show a total of 27,136 deaths from Coronavirus in Spain – an increase of 1 in the past 24 hours. The figures also state there have been 72 deaths in the past 7 days.
Saturday’s figures had shown an increase of 1 death in 24 hours and 67 deaths over 7 days. Friday had been an increase of 1 death in 24 hours and 52 deaths over 7 days.
The current peak of recorded deaths related to Coronavirus in a 24-hour period in Spain was on 2 April, when 950 deaths were registered.
The official figure released by the Health Ministry on Sunday 7 June for the total number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus only through a PCR test is now 241,550 – an increase of 102 over Saturday.
Out of the 102 new confirmed cases, 49 are in Madrid, 10 in Catalonia and 11 in Aragón.
Saturday’s figures for the increase of infections only through PCR testing had been 164 over Friday. Friday’s comparative figure had been 177 over Thursday. Thursday had been 195.
The current peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period in Spain was on 31 March, when 9,222 new cases were registered (including from PCR and antibody).
There has been recent confusion regarding the Coronavirus mortality figures released by Spain’s central Health Ministry, as well as on-going discrepancies with the data released by some of the country’s regional health authorities.
(Spanish official source doc) https://www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/documentos/Actualizacion_129_COVID-19.pdf


Malaga province included as Andalucia moves into Phase Three of lockdown today: The government has heeded the regional authority’s request to move all eight provinces of Andalucía into the new phase at the same time. While the provinces of Malaga and Granada were only promoted to Phase Two of lockdown easing this week, the regional government had called for Madrid to allow all eight Andalusian provinces to progress to Phase Three this coming Monday 8 June.  Source: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202006/05/malaga-moves-into-phase-20200605132545.html


Andalucia First To Allow Travel Between Provinces of the Region: As announced in a press conference on Andalucia TV, the president of Andalucia, Juan Moreno will allow inter-provincial travel within the autonomous region of Andalucia as of Monday the 8th of June. Source: https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/faq/andalucia-first-to-allow-travel-between-provinces-of-the-region/


Phase 3 Rules, From Citizens Advice Bureau:
-All shops and shopping centres are allowed to be open, irrespective of their m2s, but respecting a maximum occupancy of 50% and maintaining a special window for those of 65 and older. Communal areas in shopping centres at 40%.
-Street markets at 50%. Town Halls can also decide to enlarge the m2s the market occupies, or appoint new days for the market to be held.
-Terraces of bars and restaurants at 75%. Inside at 50%. Groups of max. 20 people. Ordering or consuming at the bar is allowed, provided social distance is maintained. Nightclubs and discotheques not allowed to open yet.
-Communal areas in hotels and other tourist accommodations at 50%.
-Nature and active tourism – groups up to 30 people. Tourist guides may work, on appointment, and guide groups of up to 20 people, avoiding agglomerations.
Social measures
-In this phase it will be possible to circulate through the province, island or territorial unit of reference and no time slot will be reserved for any group, although safety and hygiene measures must be taken with groups considered vulnerable to COVID-19. However, the groups should be a maximum of 20 people, except in the case of people living together.
-Wakes may be held in all kinds of facilities, public or private, with a maximum limit of 50 people in open spaces or 25 in closed spaces, whether or not they live together. Participation in the entourage for burial or for cremation ceremonies of the deceased person is restricted to a maximum of 50 people, including relatives and close friends.
-Nuptial ceremonies may be carried out either in open or closed spaces, provided that they do not exceed 75% of their capacity, and in any case a maximum of 150 people in open spaces or 75 in closed spaces.
Cultural activities
-The possibility of carrying out cultural activities in libraries and museums as long as they do not exceed 50% of the authorized capacity. Libraries may be used to study again. And, in terms of sports, medium-term training is allowed in federated non-professional leagues, as well as the holding of shows and sports activities. In open-air or closed sports facilities and sports centres up to 20 people may be present at a time. No longer necessary to make an appointment and the changing rooms and shower facilities may be used. Individual sports activities and those played with 2 (tennis, badminton, padel) but playing with a partner (tennis doubles e.g.) still not allowed.
-Cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, tent circuses and similar show spaces may carry out their activity as long as they have pre-assigned seats and do not exceed half the authorized capacity in each room.
-Tourist recreation centers, zoos and aquariums may be opened with a maximum capacity of 50%. But only 33% at attractions and in closed areas. And, the reopening of casinos, establishments for collective money and games of chance, gambling halls, arcades, raffles and tombolas and specific betting venues is also allowed, provided that they do not exceed 50% of the permitted capacity and comply with the hygiene and prevention measures provided for in the Order.
-Another of the Order’s chapters indicates the conditions for carrying out leisure activities aimed at children and young people. When these are held outdoors, the number of participants should be limited to 50% of the usual maximum capacity, with a maximum of 200 participants, including monitors. And when they take place in closed spaces, the number of participants should be limited to one-third of the usual maximum capacity with a maximum of 80 participants. Group activities with max. 10 participants, including the monitor. Source: https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/faq/coronavirus-flexibilisation-phase-three/


Coronavirus – Suspension Administrative Windows Lifted: Part of the de-escalation process is the lifting of the suspension of administrative windows, windows for court procedures, appeal procedures and consumer rights (right to cancel contract e.g.). Source: https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/faq/coronavirus-suspension-administrative-windows-lifted/


News updates
06-06-2020 The Junta de Andalucia anounced it will lift the internal provincial borders within the community, allowing residents of the Costa del Sol (in Malaga province), for example, to visit Tarifa (in Cadiz province) or Granada from Monday 8th June.
06-06-2020 More Phase Three rules: The discotheques return, but without dancing. Bullfights return but without spectators.
Source: https://www.andalucia.com


Facemasks Forever?: Face masks are here to stay. Not only are they obligatory in Spain at the moment, while the state of alarm emergency measures are still in place, but they will also continue to be in the future, in the so-called “new normality,” until the government declares the coronavirus crisis to be completely over.
A draft decree for the new normality, which the executive is currently debating with Spain’s regions and is due to be approved on Tuesday by the Cabinet, includes obligatory use of masks in closed public spaces where a safe distance of 1.5-2 meters cannot be observed, and also fines of up to €100 for people who are not wearing them. The decree also leaves open the possibility of regulating their use in the open air.
There are a ton of other restrictions that will linger on after the State of Alarm. Read all about them here: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-06-06/face-masks-will-still-be-obligatory-in-spain-after-the-state-of-alarm.html


‘Time for preparation, not celebration’: Senior WHO official warns coronavirus is not defeated and Europe must brace for a deadly second wave this winter: Dr Hans Kluge, the European director for the World Health Organisation, has claimed that the pandemic is not over and countries should use the next few months ‘for preparation, not celebration’. England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, and other experts have warned that a second wave could be deadlier than the first, citing evidence of the 1918-20 Spanish Flu pandemic. Full story:


Six men dressed as police tie up family and rob luxury mansion in Mijas Costa: The assailants reportedly spoke Spanish, worked in an organised manner and left with several pieces of jewellery and other objects worth 300,000 euros. Six individuals dressed as police officers tied up the property’s two occupants and gagged them for a long period of time in order to search the house for valuables without interruption.
A similar incident, a few days earlier, is being investigated by the National Police in Marbella. In this case, the assailants didn’t dress as police officers but did tie the occupant’s hands while they searched the property. They made off with several items of value, including two high-end watches. Full story: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202006/05/dressed-police-family-luxury-20200605094633-v.html


Airline Pricewars: RyanAir, EasyJet & Air Europa Compete to Offer Holidaymakers up to 50% Discounts to save Europe’s Summer Tourism: RyanAir’s CEO Michael O’Leary, stated “once we start flying in June, we will sell at any price to fill as many seats as we can”, even if it means “losing money for the next 12 months” he added. “Profits will suffer a year or two, and that is what our shareholders should expect.” Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/06/07/airline-pricewars-ryanair-easyjet-air-europa-compete-to-offer-holidaymakers-up-to-50-discounts-to-save-europes-summer-tourism/


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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
Saturday: Competa, Mezquitilla@Algarrobo behind the Sala Ottowa
Sunday: Velez Malaga, Nerja Car Boot

Nerja 952 524 519
Torrox: 952 531 030
Frigiliana: 952 533 231

Phone numbers for emergencies
Emergency Svcs.: 112
National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

Local Police
Torrox: 952 539 828
Nerja: 952 521 545
Frigiliana: 952 533 126
Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

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