State of Alarm ends on Sunday 21st June. Travel is permitted throughout Spain and Schengen countries. Travellers from Britain will not have to quarantine but will have to maintain 14 days quarantine on return to the UK lifts its own . If you can not keep a social distance of 1.5 metres you will still need to wear a mask. Valencia has decided to keep all conditions of phase 3 in place.
Source El Pais in English.https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-06-20/as-all-of-spain-enters-the-new-normality-on-sunday-what-will-change.html?rel=listapoyo
From Monday 1st June 2020 La Comunidad de Valencia enters into Phase 2. (Source Diaro Informacion)People with symptoms of Covid-19 can get a PCR test from their health centre.WHAT YOU CAN DO IN PHASE 2.Most public spaces, including beaches, swimming pools, shops, restaurants, cinemas etc will open but with conditions, in the main limiting them to 30% capacity. Night time bars and discos will remain closed.You can go out for exercise any time except for the hours reserved for over 70’s which are 10-12 and 19-20 hours. 1. Active tourism can take place in groups of up to 20 people by prior appointment.2. Congresses and work meetings can take place and driving schools and academies can open with limitations.3.Beaches can open for bathers keeping a 2 metre distance but local authorities can put their own control measures in place. You can go to any beach.4. Swimming pools are limited to 30% capacity by appointment and showers and changing rooms remain closed.5.Restaurants can open their interiors to 40% capacity, outside terraces remain with 50% capacity and a maximum of 10 people.6.Hotels can open their communal spaces but any group act ivies must be limited to 20 people.7.Cultural centres such as libraries, monuments, cinemas etc can open to 30% capacity.8. Shops and commercial centres can open to 30% capacity but must have priority hours for over 65’s.9.Visits to residents of nursing homes are permitted by appointment.10. Gyms and sports centres can open with 30% capacity.11.Weddings are limited to 100 guests and 50% capacity of venue.12 Churches and places of worship are limited to 50% capacity.13. Funerals. Attendees are limited to 15 indoors and 25 out doors.
Benidorm council is launching a scheme to give people and families who have lost income due to the crisis a minimum of 200 euros a month for the next three months, This is increased for every member of the family by 50 euros. It is available to people who have been on the Benidorm padron for at least a year and have income less than 1,075 per month for a single person, increased for every extra family member by 0.2 and the income limit is double if their is a disabled person in the household. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE HELP FACEBOOK PAGE
The forms should be filled in in Spanish. It is best to write nothing in English as they may be rejected. If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader or Docuhub you can fill in the form by downloading and saving them and use the edit facility to fill and sign.
For people who are not empadronado including people who have not taken out residencia and may be on cash in hand short term work their only option is foodbanks.
Help has supported the Benidorm’s British Business Associations food bank. They inform us that their flow of donations is starting to dry up so if anyone would like to donate to them please visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/benidormbba/
INFORMATION FOR TOURISTS. The Spanish Government has a list of hotels that will stay open for stranded tourists. In Alicante province these are: Alicante Hills, Apartamentos El Plantío Golf Resort. Hotel Goya Alicante. The BRITISH EMBASSY HAS PRODUCED A SAFE CONDUCT LETTER IN SPANISH FRENCH AND ENGLISH FOR UK RESIDENTS RETURNING TO THE UK THAT CAN BE PRINTED OFF FROM THE HELP BENIDORM FACEBOOK PAGE MENU SECTION
Sanitat announced yesterday that there are 304 cases of Covid-19 Coronavirsus in Alicante province. 48 are in hospital with 18 being in ITU (intensive care unit). There are 12 public hospitals in Alicante. This would mean on average each hospital would have 4 cases of Covid-19 with on average 1.5 patients in the ITU. This means the service at present is far from being overrun.
Yesterday the British government also suggested social distancing, advising people to work from home if possible and not to go out to pubs ,restaurants and theatres etc, and for the over 70’s to stay at home. However there will be no legal requirement to do so.
Trips away from your usual resident are being severely limited from Monday 16th March.
You are only allowed to leave your normal place of residence to :
1 Go to work
2 Visit the shops that are open or pharmacy or bank.
3 Visit an elderly or disabled person or collect child.
4 Return to your normal place of residence.
Any unjustified movement can be sanctioned with a fine.
There is no mention of going to hospital or GP for non Coronavirus matters. I suppose you should ring up to confirm before going.
I read hairdressers, tobacconists, news kiosks and IT shops will remain open. Presumably to keep morale up “a packet of fags for hubby and a hairdo for the misses”. And so people can keep informed and work from home on their working computer etc.
Vulnerable people are advise to stay indoors as much as possible.
Avoid kisses and hugs etc.
Vulnerable people are:Over 60’s, People who suffer from : High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Heart or Lung Disease, Cancer or Immunodeficiency. Pregnant women
If you can, it would be better to get a fit person to go out and run the errands .
Advice for Vulnerable people
Stay at home. Avoid public transport. if you do go out avoid crowded places where it is not possible to keep a distance of 1 metre between you and other people.
If you are worried that you may be infected with coronavirus Covid-19 you can complete an autotest on the Sanitat website. It is only available in Spanish and Valenciano though.
“The Spanish government announced on Friday that it was implementing a state of alarm for 15 days in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Speaking during a press conference at around 3.30pm, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez informed the Spanish public that the Cabinet would meet tomorrow to put the measure into effect, allowing the government to temporarily restrict the movement of citizens. Fundamental rights, however, will not
be affected.“We are only in the first phase of combatting the virus,” Sánchez said on Friday. “We have some very tough weeks ahead of us. We cannot rule out reaching 10,000 [infections] by next week.”
The Socialist Party leader went on to explain that the state of alarm “would allow for the maximum mobilization of resources against the virus, but victory will depend on each one of us. Heroism also consists of washing your hands and staying at home. We are going to stop the virus with responsibility, and with unity.
“We will overcome this emergency by relying on advice from science and with support from all or the resources of the state,” he continued. “But it is also undeniable that we will manage it sooner, and with the least human, economic and social damage possible if we do it together.”Heroism also consists of washing your hands and staying at home” from El Pais in EnglishToday the Sanitat stated that there were 119 cases of Covid 1- coronavirus in Valencia Region, 30 of those in Alicante province. They state routine surgery, non urgent outpatient appointments and diagnostic tests may be cancelled. They may have to commandeer public and private building to use as medical facilities. ( there has been talk about using the Benidorm hotels but the numbers at present don’t make that seem likely.) Most councils have shut public buildings ,schools ,sport centres etc and banned mass event Benidorm is suspending the outdoor markets.
It would seem that the government could use drastic powers to restrict movement of people and shut businesses.
An area of 7,000 residents in Catalonia west of Sitges has been put in lockdown because of a growing spike of cases jumping from 20 to 52 in one day.
All bars and restaurants will be closed throughout Valencia region but home delivery is not affected.
REMEMBER: FEVER COUGH SHORTNESS OF BREATH . FIRST CALL SANITAT STAY AT HOME CALL 900 500333 English speaking advisers available. Wash your hand well when you come back home. Covid-19 Coronavirus doesn’t usually cause runny nose and sore throat so if you have these symptoms you probably have a cold.
It is quite easy for people handy with a smartphone. First take a good selfie with plain white background and then type into your browser Renew UK Passport bring up a link to the https://www.gov.uk. site.Make sure it is the genuine www. gov.uk site. It costs 105 euros or free if you are over 90.
UK Passport Renewal at Round Town Travel Avda Dr Severo Ochoa 2, Benidorm You can get your passport renewed here for 160 euros or 30 euros if you are over 90. They send off your old passport and you will get a new one in the post together with your old passport in separate envelopes delivered by courier. Passport renewal con now only be done online or with smartphone so those not tech savy this is a good option. Telephone 966 811123. If you do not live in Benidorm ask in a British owned business such as Estate agent etc to see if they will do it for you.
Exporting Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance & Carers Allowance following European Court of Justice ruling C-299/05 of 18th Oct 2007 This may sound like gobbledy-gook but was the ruling of the European Court of Justice that allowed certain benefits including Attendance Allowance to be “exported” from the UK to other EU countries. I can find no information on how these benefits will be affected after the transition period ends on 31st Dec 2020. The UK will no longer be bound by the ECJ after that date. Help has a number of clients on Attendance Allowance, so it is of great interest to them, If anyone has heard anything on this subject, please let us know. (Disability Living Allowance has been replaced by Personal Independence Payment.)
Help has been receiving enquires about changes occurring after Brexit day which was yesterday. As far as we understand there is going to be very little change until the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020. Please see more details at UK Government site https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain .
UK nationals living in Spain should follow previous advice which is get your residencia sorted and change your driving licence to a Spanish one. You can do this as before up to 31st December 2020. Failure to do this could have unintended consequences such as loss of healthcare rights and your UK pension may not be increased annually.
Appointments are still available within a week for UK nationals at the office in Alicante Capital from this website; https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/ .It is best to go online early before 8.00 am, before the gestors book them all.Remember to change your UK driving Licence before Brexit ? end of Jan. If the application is logged before that date it will still proceed.
“Just to remind you that British nationals who live in the Alicante province can get next day residency appointments by selecting the option POLICIA – CERTIFICADO UE (EXCLUSIVAMENTE PARA REINO UNIDO). The local authorities in Alicante inform us that they open up appointments on a daily basis and that there is quite a lot of availability each day. ( Note from Help. It looks like these appointments are only in Alicante City)
A reminder of instructions to book an appointment:
· The payment form with proof the payment has been taken”
Remember to take photocopies of all documents.There are two payment forms one for Policia and the other for Oficina de Extranjeria. Make sure you have the correct one for the type of office you are going to or you will have to pay twice.
Click on the office you are going to. Fill in the form online. Print it off and take it to your bank to pay, and take receipts with you for appointment.
Help Benidorm is frequently asked to assist people in claiming benefits for people with dementia. The aid available come under the Law of Dependency (La Ley de Dependencia) See our section Social Service Aid
There is a wide amount of help available through the local social services department providing the claimant has been resident in Spain and on the padron for five years.
This can range from home help, meals on wheels, personal carer to a place in a public nursing home or up to 700 euros a month towards cost of care in a private home.
The amount of aid depends on the claimant’s degree of disability, ranging from 1 to 3.
You will need someone who can speak Spanish to negotiate the system. the journey starts at the medical centre were you must ask for a medico-social report. This involves seeing the practise nurse then the doctor. Next you should make an appointment with your local social worker. The medical centre should be able to tell you where to go.
A basic wheelchair and air mattresses (colchon antiescaros) to prevent bedsores may be available on prescription.
See our page on social service aid for more details.
We are an English speaking charity without any religious or political affiliations that assists people of all nationalities in times of crisis or ill health in and around Benidorm.
We meet every Thursday at 10.30 am, first for an informal drop-in at the cafe of Centro Social Jose Llorca Linares, C/Goya s/n, Benidorm. Then we have a formal meeting at 11.
There is a car park opposite where the Wednesday market is held. The lower level is for residents’ parking only. The upper level is free for non Benidorm residents or there is metered parking Avenida Foietes. The centre is 400m from the tram station.
If you would like to know more about us and our events please follow the link to our Facebook page or come along on a Thursday morning. New members always welcome
PHASE 3 OF DE-ESCALATION STARTS MONDAY 15TH JUNE MOBILITY
You will be able to travel throughout the three provinces of the Valencian Community(Castellón, Valencia and Alicante) for the purposes of the de-escalation process but you will not be allowed you to travel outside the Valencian Community,except for: health reasons,work, professional or business, return to your place of residence family, assistance and care of the elderly, dependents or people with disability, force majeure or any other urgent need.• The time slots for physical activity disappear.• The opening of recreational playgrounds is allowed
Any permitted activity must be carried out in safe conditions,with prevention and hygiene measures, self-protection and social distancing for security.
MASKS The use of a mask is mandatory for people over 6 years of age on public roads, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, provided it is not possible to keep a secure distance of at least 1.5m. All premises and other establishments, as well as the equipment, used in permitted activities should be periodically disinfected and sanitized. Private vehicle sharing is limited to two people per row of seats, with masks and respecting distance. However, the people residing in the same home may car share, without the use of a mask.In the case of motorcycles and mopeds (driver and passenger), you must use gloves and integral helmet with visor or mask, if you do not live at the same address.
SYMPTOMS OF COVID
If you have symptoms compatible with coronavirus you should isolate yourself and stay at home, call 900 300 555 or request an appointment with your health centre through the.
Call 112 for English language.
website of the Conselleria de Sanitat Universal i Salut Pública or the GVA App
• Social contact can be maintained in small groups of no more than 20 people, except in the case of people living together.• People residing at the same address can share the same private vehicle.• Funerals and burials with a maximum limit of 25 people are allowed in closed spaces, and 50 people if it is outdoors.• Attendance at places of worship is allowed, provided that there is building occupation 75% of its capacity.• Wedding ceremonies and other religious celebrations may be held with a capacity of 75%.• You can visit sheltered homes, residential centres for people with disability and residential centres for the elderly. In the later preferably only in exceptional cases.
• Retail and service provision can open reducing to 75% of the capacity of its premises.• Open air markets or non-sedentary markets on public roads(street markets) should limit the influx of customers in a way that ensures a social distance of one and a half meters.• Parks and shopping centres must maintain 75% of maximum capacity
HOTELS AND FOOD AND BEVERAGE
• The hotel and restaurant premises cannot exceed 75% of their capacity.• Consumption in the bar is allowed as long as the distance is guaranteed minimum security between clients or, where appropriate, group of clients.• The terraces of the hotel and restaurant establishments can host meetings of up to a maximum of 20 people and occupying up to 100% of the number of tables allowed. • Nightclubs and discos can reopen with 1/3 of their capacity.• You must seek payment by card or other means that do not involve physical contact between devices, avoiding, as far as possible, the use of cash.• The maximum occupancy of the toilets will be one person for spaces of up to 4 square meters. For spaces of more than 4 m2 that have more than one cabin or urinal, the maximum occupation will be 50% of the number of cabins / urinals in the facility.
Groups are allowed to go to the beaches, with a maximum of 15 people, except cohabitants.In the areas where sun bathers stay, a spacing must be established to guarantee a safe distance of at least 1.5 metres between users by means of signs on the ground limiting the spaces.All personal items, such as towels, deck chairs and the like must remain within the established two-meter security perimeter, avoiding contact with other users.It is recommended that the shafts of the umbrellas are not installed at distances lower than 4 meters.The practice of sports, professional or recreational activities is allowed,as long as they can be played individually and without physical contact,permitting maintenance of a minimum distance of two meters between participants.You can use the showers, toilets and changing rooms but only one person at a time.
OTHER ACTIVITIES WITH CAPACITY OR GROUP LIMITATIONS CULTURAL
• Libraries and museums (with a 75% capacity)• Exhibition rooms, monuments and cultural facilities(provided they do not exceed 75% of their capacity)• Cinemas, theatres, auditoriums and similar spaces, with preassigned seats and up to 75% of its capacity)
TOURISM AND BUSINESS
Registered companies can carry out active and nature tourism in limited groups of up to 30 people.The tour guides will work by appointment and the groups will be one maximum of 20 people.Hotels and tourist accommodation can already have up to 75% of its capacity and use the common areas, keeping 75% of them of the capacity.Congresses, meetings, business meetings, conferences and events without ever exceed 100 attendees
.SPORTS AND LEISURE
Athletes integrated into clubs participating in non-professional leagues federated may carry out tactical training in groups of up to 30 people in open spaces and 20 people in closed ones, avoiding contact physical contact.The indoor sports facilities will be organized by hourly shifts and will allow activity in groups of up to 30 people in open spaces and 20 people in closed, without physical contact. The changing rooms may be used.Recreational pools will not exceed a maximum capacity of 75%, guaranteeing the safety distance and with shift schedules.Summer schools can carry out their activities by limiting the number of participants at 75% of the usual number and up to a maximum of 100 students in closed spaces and 250 in open spaces
Phase 3, Sanitat Valenciana has applied to the Spanish government for the whole of the community of Valencia to enter in phase 3 on Monday 15th June. This will allow travel anywhere in the 3 provinces of Aliicante, Valencia and Castelon, Also there will be no special hours for the elderly and restaurants can use 75% of their terraces as long as there is a distance of 2 metres between tables. Swimming pools and sports centres can open to 30% capacity. The government is formulating a plan for the new normal after the State of Alarm ends at the end of June. This new normal will have no time limit and will continue until there is an effective treatment. Social distancing will be reduced to 1.5 metres or just under 5 foot. Masks will need to be worn in public transport, and in enclosed spaces where a distance of 1.5 metres can not be maintained. There has been no evidence of resurgence in Spain during the de-escalation. International tourism will begin again with a pilot scheme allowing Germans to travel to the Balearic Islands from 15th June.Sources Diario Informacion and El Pais.