What is going on now in general in Spain?

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16 Jan 2021 20:20 by brian755 Star rating in your mind and any wh.... 50 posts Send private message

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This thread is for anyone living in Spain at the moment that can comment on what life would be like there if a person arrived at Alicante Airport and stayed in the La Zenia area in an apartment.

Are there any shops, cafe restaraunts etc open or is it all now just a ghost town?

I think this thread coulod be very usefull for most Brits that are currently in a lockdown and are wondering what is really happening in Spain at the moment.

Nothing like hearing it from real people who are there right now or have very recently just returned.

Please only comment if you know any facts for sure, rather han hear say.

Thank you in advance.

Kind regards to all.

Its not what you are- its who you are that matters in life!

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18 Jan 2021 10:12 by windtalker Star rating. 1719 posts Send private message

I have a villa in Los Balcones .. around 2 KLM from La Zenia the whole area is extremely quiet most bars and restaurants are closed ... with only a few of the very popular one's staying open and offering live music .. people that do venture out tend to shop and use local bars that they can walk to ... tourism is 90% down for obvious reasons ..I flew back to the UK as I am not a resident .. personally if I was you if you are in the UK I would stay put until you get your get your Covid jab ..I will not be going back to Spain until they get this serious problem under some sort of control.


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18 Jan 2021 13:39 by mariedav Star rating in Ciudad Quesada. 1101 posts Send private message

Bars and restaurants have to close at 5 pm and they are talking of closing them completely at weekends. No music, disco, DJ, karaoke (thank God) etc but some in Orihuela Costa were being allowed to by the local mayor but that has now been stopped.

Night time curfew from 2200 to 0600 but are talking of bringing it forward to 2000 (announcement due on Thursday).

Travel restricted to within the Valencia region so no going to Murcia or anywhere outside. 

Shops (except supermarkets) limited to 30% capacity although both Habaneras and Zenia Boulevard appear to be pretty busy still but, obviously, not as busy as normal. Face masks must be worn everywhere in public, both indoors and outdoors. Main areas affected by Covid cases in this area are Elche, Alicante, Orihuela and Pilar. Torrevieja still quite low for cases per 100,000 compared to most other places although the entire Valencia Community has gone up from around 200 per 100,000 at the beginning of January to 447 per 100,000 now. Vaccine programme has started and they are doing very well after the initial hiccough of holidays and not being prepared. They are starting the second dose in residential homes today (not waiting 12 weeks but adhering to the 3 weeks between doses as recommende by the manufacturers). Only residential homes, health workers and chronic disease sufferers in the first lot and the oldies not being done until, possilbly, the beginning of March when all those in the first lot should have had both of their doses. 

At least people are, in the main, sticking to the rules but there will always be idiots who try and bend the rulesl.

Most shops are open including hairdressers etc. 

To  tell you the truth, it all seems pretty normal here during the daytime. Our town is still busy in the daytime but some bars and restaurants have closed completely, especially those paying rent.  

Only citizens and residents allowed entry from UK at the moment but most other countries in the EU are allowed in with a PCR test. 


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19 Jan 2021 14:24 by mariedav Star rating in Ciudad Quesada. 1101 posts Send private message

Just announced that, in the Valencia Region, all hostelry establishments are to close completely. No date yet given but normally a maximum of 2 weeks after which the restrictions can be extended.


Date announced as 6pm 21st January for 14 days. Applies to all bars, cafes and restaurants plus gyms, sports facilities (except professional sports) and gambling establishments.

All shops, except essential establishments like supermarkets and pharmacies, are to close at 6pm.

The Valencia government will approach the central government tomorrow to extend the curfew from 8pm




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