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March 11th

Valencia announces cautious relaxation of several measures in the region

New measures will come into force from Monday 15th March.

Ximo Puig, president of the Generalitat Valenciana, has announced details of the new measures that will come into force next Monday 15th March as the region continues a controlled and prudent recovery from the third phase of the COVID-19 infection.

Puig called for continued prudence from the public despite the relaxation of several measures and stressed that the regional government will not rush any de-escalation: “We will not go further than what the experts and experience advise, taking the most cautious measures in all of Spain. This is how we guarantee more health safety and a faster and more solvent recovery for the coming months.

From Monday, bars and restaurants will be able to open up their outside terraces to 100% of their licensed capacity whilst they can throw open their doors to the interior of their premises to allow up to one-third of their licensed capacity so along as there is guaranteed ventilation. There will be a limit of four people per table, all of whom must wear their face mask until such time as they are drinking or eating. Venues will still be required to close their businesses at 6.00pm.

Gyms, sports centres and other such installations may open up to one-third of their licensed capacity and with all the necessary health protocols in place at all times. Educational centres and children’s play zones may open up with a maximum capacity of 10 in a group and one third of their licensed capacity.

Gatherings inside private homes remain limited to only those who live together.

The night curfew remains as before, starting at 10.00pm in the evening and continuing through to 6.00am the following morning; only those with justified reasons may be out of their homes during this period. In addition, the perimetral closure of the Comunidad Valenciana remains in force.

The new measures will come into force on Monday 15th March and will remain in place until Monday 12th April. If there are any significant changes in the evolution of the situation during this period, the Generalitat will make an immediate review.

February 25th

Valencia announces first steps of progressive de-escalation

Ximo Puig, president of the Generalitat Valenciana, has announced details of what he has called a “cautious and prudent” de-escalation of the restrictions as the region successfully bends the infection curve of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the cumulative rate drops below the national average to reach levels not recorded since last October.

The plan includes the progressive re-opening of bars and restaurants, starting with the terraces (the interior must remain closed) which will be allowed to open 75% of licensed capacity with a maximum of four people per table and remain open until 6.00pm. Masks must be worn at all times, except at the moment of eating and drinking.

Non-essential shops and businesses will be able to remain open until 8.00pm and the permitted capacity raised to 50%. In addition, outdoor sports activities can resume up to a maximum of 30% of licensed capacity of the facility being used. Public parks and gardens as well as places of worship will be able to open up to 50% of normal capacity.

In addition, the weekend perimeter closure of the major cities and towns across the Comunidad Valenciana will be lifted after this weekend, although the perimeter closure of the region as a whole will remain in place until March 15th and Puig confirmed that there is an agreement in place between the autonomous regions of Spain to restrict movement between them during the Easter holidays.

As for the night curfew, this will remain as it has been for the past few weeks until March 15th, operating from 10.00pm until 6.00am the following morning, whilst the limit on meetings of people in outdoor public spaces will increase to four people who don’t live together in the same household. Restrictions on meeting in homes continue as before.

The new relaxed measures will begin on Monday 1st March and will remain in place for 14 days. However, to anticipate the possibility of a fourth wave caused by the spread of the UK variant, the Generalitat has opted for caution and will evaluate the situation on a weekly basis to adjust the measures as necessary.

With regards to forthcoming fiestas, such as las Fallas, the president insisted that the region is not in a position to enjoy any celebrations at the moment and won’t be until there has been mass vaccination of the population.

With regards to the vaccination campaign, the president confirmed that a mass vaccination drive will take place from April by age group. By then, it is envisaged that vaccination of essential groups will have been completed and that those under the age of 55 will begin to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

February 12th

Please read this article for the vaccination program in Spain:

Ximo Puig confirms restrictive measures extended until March 1st

The President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, has confirmed that the current measures which have been put in place to halt the spread of the COVID-19 infection will remain in place until March 1st. He made the announcement after a meeting of the Interdepartmental Committee for Prevention and Action against COVID-19.

The president justified the extension by explaining that whilst “the evolution of the data is positive“, the situation “is still not good“. The data and indicators of the coronavirus in the Comunidad Valenciana are still extreme (the latest 14-day IA rate is 777.07) whilst it is the recommendations of the experts as well as a warning to Spain from the World Health Organization that current restrictions must remain in place.

Puig acknowledged that the restrictions “limit rights and create unfair situations” but that “they cannot be relaxed because that would not be responsible“, confirming that “they will last as long as necessary“. He added that the great effort being made by the Valencian people in the last couple of weeks has resulted in what he considered to be “encouraging results“.

In this sense, he explained that over the last 15 days, there has been a 39% decrease in hospital admissions by those suffering from the infection and there are less than 3,000 in hospital at the moment. In addition, the incidence rate has dropped by 41% over the same period, a decrease of 682 points, which means that the region is currently registered 777 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

He also highlighted the fact that hospital discharges have “almost trebled” in the last week, with a rate of 2.5 discharges for every new case. In addition, over the last ten days, the number of active cases of COVID-19 has reduced by 30,000 whilst those being hospitalized have dropped by 2,000 in 17 days.

With regards to restrictions, he insisted that the measures have been working “faster than we expected” and urged citizens to keep going as “not every day is the same“. He also explained that the containment of cities and large towns in the region at the weekends has seen the infection rate drop by around 40% on average in the last 15 days.

PLAN RESISTIR and new aid to the tourism sector

During the press conference announcing the extension of restrictions, the president referred to the PLAN RESISTIR initiative with which the Generalitat Valenciana is aiming to compensate the sectors with a war chest of more than 400 million euros in direct aid.

Puig explained that he understood the discomfort of those affected and has insisted that the Generalitat support them financially in the “most flexible and efficient way possible” because “we have to save lives and also save the self-employed, SMEs, and jobs“.

In this sense, a new package of aid aimed at the tourist sector has already been confirmed through the Generalitat Official Gazette – click here for more information – in which some 18 million euros has been put aside to help 5,000 companies providing accommodation, travel agencies, restaurants, music festivals and other companies, who will be able to submit an application for direct aid from Monday 22nd February.


Puig also referred to the vaccination campaign, which he described as “the great asset to overcome the pandemic” and “the door of hope“, and explained that more than 210,000 doses have already been administered in the Comunidad Valenciana, adding that he expected that 100,000 Valencians will have received their second dose by the end of the week.
In addition, the president assured that “much progress is being made in protecting the most vulnerable people” and that, from next week, the vaccination campaign will begin in the Day Centres as well as for those over 90 years of age and with a high level of dependency.

January 25th

January 21st

New Covid-19 restrictions

The Valencian Government has today announced the following new restrictions, which will come into force on Thursday, 21st January and are effective until Sunday, 31st January 2021:
  • Closure of bars and restaurants
  • Shops and other commercial premises to close at 6pm except essential services such as pharmacies and food shops
  • Closure of sports facilities
  • Curfew to start at 10pm (but permission has been requested from the national government to bring this forward to 8pm)
  • Valencia borders to remain closed
  • Up to 6 people can still meet in a private house
Please stay safe!

January 5th

The Generalitat Valenciana has announced further measures to combat the increase of COVID-19 infections in the region which has threatened to spread out of control and overwhelm the health system. The new measures will come into force at 00:00hrs on Thursday 7th January and remain in place until Sunday 31st January at the earliest.

President Ximo Puig explained that the new measures are being brought in to “protect the population and preserve essential health services,” adding that the region is currently experiencing a “serious situation” as the virus spreads almost unabated. He confirmed, however, that schools will re-open on Thursday 7th January as normal.

Curfew and Early Closing

The night curfew has been brought forward to 10.00pm, after which no-one is allowed to be on the streets without justified reason. The hospitality sector – bars and restaurants – will be required to close their doors at 5.00pm and restrict customers to four people on a table. Smoking is completely banned on terraces, regardless of distance.

The maximum number of people who can attend social and family gatherings in public or private spaces remains at six.

Businesses will have to reduce their capacities to 30% of licensed capacity, including car-parks, whilst essential businesses (supermarkets, chemists, orthopedics, opticians, hairdressers and vets) will remain at 50%.

The perimeter lockdown of the Comunidad Valenciana has been extended to January 31st, meaning that no-one can enter or exit the region without a justified reason.

Municipalities confined

In addition, the following municipalities will be confined within their boundaries and subject to additional measures:

Province of Castellón
Soneja, Jérica, Atzeneta del Maestrat and Borriol
Province of Valencia
Llíria, Massanassa, Ayora, Utiel, Sedaví, Sollana, Guadassuar, Oliva, Daimús, Canals, Benigànim, Xàtiva, Morixent, Ontinyent, Cheste, Sinarcas, Anna, Quatretonda and Bonrepòs i Mirambell.
Province of Alicante
Alcoi, Castalla and Polop

For these confined municipalities only (i.e those 26 places listed above only – do you see Xàbia? No. That’s because the following doesn’t apply to Xàbia), all social centres will be closed, such as casinos, pubs, and similar; bars, hotels, and entertainment venues are also closed as well as gyms and public gardens. Home delivery will not be allowed.

December 31st

Mayor calls for one final effort as infections soar in Xàbia –

December 17 (source: euroweekly)

Valencia tightens Christmas restrictions

CHANGES have been made to the Christmas restrictions in the Valencia Region.

The President of the Consell, Ximo Puig, has confirmed that Valencia will be one of the regions to tighten measures, after the Ministry of Health left such decisions in the hands of the regional governments.

In brief:

Curfew remains in place at 11pm, except on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve when it will be at midnight.

Travelling within the Comunitat Valenciana is allowed. No-one living outside the region is allowed to enter. This measure remains in place until January 15.

Social gatherings are limited to six people; with members of no more than two cohabiting groups getting together.

Close friends will not be allowed at Christmas gatherings, only relatives.

These measures mean that possibility of Christmas dinners with anyone other people already cohabiting is very limited.

They have been put in place after figures in the Comunitat Valenciana worsened following the long weekend holiday at the beginning of December.

December 12

An update from Major Chulbi on the worrying increase in Covid-19 infection rate.

December 5 (source: El País)

Spanish government asks citizens to stay home for Christmas

New plan allows inter-regional travel between December 23 and January 6 only to see family and close friends, but rules will be hard to enforce and some regions do not feel bound by them

“We need to stay home for Christmas.” This is the Spanish government’s main message to citizens, as expressed on Wednesday by Health Ministery Salvador Illa after a meeting of central and regional officials that produced a plan for safely celebrating this holiday season.

Despite the appeal to avoid travel, the plan will allow movement across regional lines between December 23 and January 6, as long as these trips are made to visit relatives or close friends. Illa said that this definition includes not only direct family members but also people with whom “strong bonds of affection” exist. Outside of these exceptions, borders are to remain sealed according to the plan.

To prevent the spread of the virus, the best thing to do would be to eliminate gatherings altogether

Epidemiologist Javier del Águila

Social gatherings are capped at 10 people on key days (December 24, 25, and 31 and January 1) up from the regular limit of six. Additionally, a 1.30am curfew is set for the nights of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, rather than the earlier times currently in place and which vary across the regions.

But it remains unclear how compliance with these rules will be enforced. On Wednesday, the minister called on citizens’ sense of responsibility to make sure that the guidelines are adhered to. But ultimately it will be up to each individual to determine which visits are justified. Similarly, the 10-person limit on social gatherings will be impossible to enforce.

The government has also failed to secure unanimous support for the plan. Although most regional representatives backed it, Madrid officials on Wednesday voted against it, saying through a spokesperson that they “do not feel bound by it.”

Catalonia also said that it does not feel bound by the agreement, although its own plan contains many similar measures. According to sources present at the talks, some other regional officials said they would go even further in their restrictions.

A state of alarm is currently in force in Spain, which according to the health minister means that the agreement that came out of the meeting of the Inter-Territorial Council of the National Health System on Wednesday is binding.

Sources who were present at the meeting reported Madrid officials as saying that unless the plan is published in the State Official Gazette (BOE), they will not follow it. Illa replied that such a step is not necessary and will not be taken.

The ministry had been hoping to secure unanimous support for the plan by incorporating some regional demands, such as raising the cap on social gatherings from six to 10 on key days (December 24, 25, and 31 and January 1), and pushing the curfew from 1am to 1.30am on the nights of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Risk of coronavirus outbreaks

Several epidemiologists consulted by this newspaper said that increased social contact during Christmas will likely lead to new outbreaks in January. Spain, which entered a second coronavirus wave after summer, has been flattening the infection curve following a series of restrictions on mobility that include sealed perimeters at the local, provincial and regional level in many parts of the country.

Experts say that the only way to prevent a new surge is to entirely avoid gatherings of people from different households. But they admit that it is not an easy thing to impose on a weary society that already experienced one of the world’s strictest coronavirus lockdowns between March and June.

“I am very glad that I don’t have to make that kind of decision,” said the epidemiologist Javier del Águila. “To prevent the spread of the virus, the best thing to do would be to eliminate gatherings altogether. It would mean following a tough line that we have not followed to date, but which Italy has done: canceling Christmas.”

Other experts criticize what they see as shortcomings in leadership and strategy. “I think it is necessary to be more explicit about the general goals that these measures seek to achieve,” said Ildefonso Hernández, spokesperson for the Spanish Society of Public Health. “For instance, what kind of risks are we trying to avoid with each measure, so that people will understand the point of restricting movement between the regions but not within one’s own region; or why there is a limit on household gatherings.”

With reporting by Isabel Valdés and Jessica Mouzo.

English version by Susana Urra.

November 6

The new measures and restrictions in Valencia region start at midnight tonight.

The president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig and the Regional Minister of Health, Ana Barceló, have now reported the new measures and restrictions that will take effect from midnight tonight until 9th December.

The Ministry of Health has published the resolution in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat Valenciana, which also nullifies the restrictions in the most affected localities that were decreed last week and does not allow the authorisation of any type of “mass event or activity”.

The decree indicates that in the event of an epidemic outbreak, screening with PCR tests will be carried out in those populations at risk and potentially exposed.

The Valencian Government has restricted to 50% the capacity in retail stores and interior of restaurant spaces, terraces and cultural spaces.

Also, the new restrictions limit religious ceremonies and wakes to a maximum of 25 people outdoors and 15 indoors , six people to participate in traditional festive activities , the capacity in outdoor playgrounds is reduced to 50% Free with the safety distance and the children’s leisure facilities in closed spaces must guarantee continuous cleaning and that there is no exchange of objects between users, while group activities will have a maximum of 6 participants.

– The establishments and commercial premises and professional services activities must reduce the total capacity to 1/3 , the markets will reduce the stalls by half, while the shopping centres will also reduce their capacity by half and the gathering of customers in common areas except for transit.

With regard to leisure, the activity of nightclubs, dance halls, karaoke and cocktail bars with and without live musical performances is suspended , consumption inside the premises may not exceed one third of the capacity and one half on the terraces. Self-service/ buffet services and drinking on the streets (bottelons) are not allowed. The casinos will operate with a third capacity.

In the same way, the common areas of hotels and tourist accommodation may not exceed a third of their capacity and people who are not living together may not stay overnight or use collective services simultaneously.

-For their part, cultural and tourist activities reduce their capacity by half, travelling shows are not allowed, it is recommended to carry out online conferences and workshops but if they are held it will be with 50% capacity.

Non-regulated online teaching is recommended , especially that aimed at vulnerable people, and if it is taught in person, it should not exceed 50% of the maximum capacity of the facility.

Physical activity or sport, both in sports facilities and outdoors, can be practiced without physical contact in individual sports and practiced in pairs.

Likewise, physical activities can be carried out in groups up to a maximum of 30 people, when They are held in open facilities, and up to a maximum of 20 people, when they are held in closed facilities, without physical contact, maintaining the safety distance and provided that a third of the maximum capacity is not exceeded.

In the case of Public passenger transport – the statement issued is a little confusing and we will try to clarify as soon as possible. In the meantime, here is the text in the announcement…..In vehicles with up to nine seats, including the driver, it is allowed to occupy all the rear seats of the vehicle, as well as those offered in the row of driver’s seats, when they have previously been exhausted, the rear ones, except when the driver can be considered as a person at risk, all occupants always wearing a mask, and in those with a single row, a maximum of two people may travel.

You may not smoke on public roads , terraces, beaches or other outdoor spaces, when the minimum interpersonal distance of at least two metres cannot be respected.

October 26
‼ ️‼ ️ The Council of Ministers has decreed the state of alarm to face the Covid-19 pandemic.
?This week he will ask Congress for its extension for a period of 6 months.
?If the epidemiological situation improves, it could get up earlier.
These are the main measures⤵️
➡️ The delegated authorities will be the presidents and presidents of the autonomous governments.
The body for cooperation and co-governance will be the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System where the Ministry of Health and the Autonomous Communities are represented.
➡️ The freedom of movement of people is limited from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. It can only be circulated for the justified reasons established in the regulation. The measure is applicable to all of Spain, except the Canary Islands.
The Autonomous Communities may modulate the start and end time of this limitation, between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. and between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.
➡️ The autonomies may also limit the entry and exit of their territories, in whole or in part. That is, they may confine the entire territory of their community or decide to confine a lower territorial area.
This restriction of entry and exit of people will have exceptions such as attendance at health centers, educational centers, compliance with professional or work obligations, etc.
➡️In the same way, the autonomous communities will decide to limit the permanence of people in public or private spaces to a maximum number of 6⃣ people, except in the case of cohabitants.
‼ ️ The measures adopted will depend on the situation of each territory.
➡️Is it a state of alarm like the previous one?
➡️ How is it different?
Mainly in that there will be no home confinement of the population.
➡️ When does it come into effect?
This afternoon.
➡️How long will this state of alarm last?
Surely until Monday, November 9, but the initial idea of ​​the government is that the state of alarm lasts for six months, until May 9. It has to be approved in the Congress of Deputies this week.
➡️Could it end before May 9?
Yes, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. The six months set by the Government obey scientific and technical criteria. According to experts, this is the time necessary to bend the curve and slow the advance of the pandemic.
➡️Is there going to be general confinement of the population?
Initially no, but the powers are held by the presidents of each autonomous community. So if the data worsens in a community, they could end up decreeing home confinement.
In any case, the government’s request is that the population stay home as much as possible. Less mobility, fewer contacts and less contagion possibilities.
➡️ Are we going to be able to leave the house freely?
No. During the day you can go out for any purpose, but at night movements are limited.
➡️ What time is the curfew?
Throughout the national territory, the curfew goes from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
➡️ Do all the autonomous communities have the same hours?
No. Each autonomous community can advance or delay the start time of the curfew. So it could start between 10:00 p.m. and 00:00 a.m., and end between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
➡️Are there exceptions to curfew?
Yes. During the curfew you can be on the street for the following justified reasons. These would be some:
?Acquire medicines.
?Return from work.
?Return home.
?Care for older people.
➡️Can I take the dog out after 23:00 or go for a run?
In principle no, unless in your specific autonomous community the starting time of the curfew is set at 00:00.
➡️ What’s going to happen this Christmas?
It is not known, but it is most certain that the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve parties will have to be celebrated with the cohabitants. The government intends to approve the state of alarm until May 9. The curfew would be extended until that date, so that after 23:00 hours one could not be on the street.
➡️ Is there an autonomous community that will not have a curfew?
Yes, the Canary Islands.
➡️ Can we move within the autonomous community?
It depends. Each community will decide if there is free movement in its territory or if there will be perimeter confinements – neighborhood, city, district, province … – within the community itself.
➡️Will there be movement between communities?
It also depends. Each community decides whether to close its territory to other autonomies. In the event that a community closes its borders, there may be displacement for work, educational or medical reasons.
➡️ How many people can meet?
Communities may also limit social gatherings, but with a maximum limit of six people, unless they are cohabiting.
September 1
Important medical information:


August 15
August 4


In the event that you are planning to have get-togethers in private areas (houses) in the coming weeks,  we would like to remind you that you must not only respect the Jávea Town Hall Civil Socialising Regulation but also the Law Decree 11/2020 of the Consellería indicating health measures to prevent Covid-19.

The most important points to remember are as follows:

Before the event, you must regisgter a declaration of responsibility for leisure activities (form available from the Town Hall’s website: in the section ‘Trámites’ (look at ‘medio ambiente’ .. environment .. and ‘actividades’ .. activities) in which you will give information as to the characteristics of the event to be held and giving details as to the persons responsible for the party and promising to respect timetables and not to be a nuisance to neighbours.

Avoid any activities that could be considered a fire risk (barbeques in areas close to wooded areas, use of fireworks, etc).

Avoid get-togethers, parties, either private or public, with large numbers of people that would impede or make it difficult to adopt the preventative health measures or where minors are present and/or elderly persons over 65 years of age.

Besides the above, we would remind you that it is THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OWNERS of tourist (rental) properties to do all that is possible to stop tenants or property occupants being a nuisance to their neighbours, warning them as to the obligation to respect the rules of sociability.

July 19


From Saturday 18th July, facemask use is mandatory in Valencian Community.
In response to some 20 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the region, Health Minister Ana Barceló has just announced that from today it will be MANDATORY to wear face masks at all times on public roads, in open and closed public spaces and areas open to the public, even if social distancing can be maintained.

The exceptions are:
◾️ on the beach or swimming pool;
◾️ in bars and restaurants whilst consuming food and drink, otherwise masks must be worn;
◾️ in natural open spaces;
◾️ if the person has respiratory problems;
◾️ during physical activity.
Barceló has also recommended that face masks should also be worn in private spaces, open or closed, if there is a lack of trust between people who don’t live together and social distancing cannot be maintained.
The latest outbreaks have resulted mainly from family gatherings and nightlife spots which has resulted in Gandía closing pubs and clubs in the municipality after an outbreak was detected.

The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has announced the territories that are advancing in phase on Monday, June 15th.

Among these communities, the entire Valencian Community, that is, the three provinces, Alicante, Valencia and Castellón all pass to phase 3.

This announcement confirms the fulfillment of the epidemiological criteria of the Community as previously indicated by the Minister of Health, Ana Barceló. Likewise, with the advance to Phase 3, specific measures re-enter into force, which this time pose fewer limitations on mobility, social gatherings and outings.

Specifically, as of Monday, in the Valencian Community, the Consell will allow mobility between the three provinces, a restricted issue since the state of alarm was decreed.

As for being able to move to neighbouring regions (Murcia or the Balearic Islands), as announced by the President, we will have to wait until June 21 for the state of alarm to end.


Phase Three

The BOE has published the easing measures in phase 3.

  • No time slot will be reserved for any group
  • Retail establishments, commercial premises and professional service activities may be opened.
  • Outdoor terraces can open to 75% of their capacity.

May 30, 2020 .- The Official State Gazette (BOE) today publishes the Ministerial Order that includes the application measures in phase 3 of the Plan for the transition to a new normality . In it it is stated that retail establishments and commercial premises and professional service activities may be opened regardless of their surface area for exhibition and sale, as long as their capacity is limited to 50%. In addition, it is indicated that a service schedule will be established with priority service for those over 65 years of age.

The same Order specifies that the public and recreational areas of shopping centres and parks are also allowed to open to the public at this stage, although their capacity is limited to 40%. In addition, the capacity of the premises and commercial establishments located in them is set at 50%.

In the case of street markets, the limitation to half of the usual or authorised stalls will be guaranteed. The individual municipalities may in this case increase the area enabled or establish new days for the exercise of this activity.

In the hospitality sector, outdoor terraces can open to 75% of their capacity and bar consumption is allowed provided the safety distance is guaranteed. In hotels and tourist accommodation, public areas are allowed to open to the public as long as they do not exceed 50% of their capacity. As regards tourist activities, the conditions for practicing active and nature tourism activities are relaxed with groups of up to 30 people.

Cultural activities

In the field of culture, it highlights the possibility of carrying out cultural activities in libraries and museums as long as they do not exceed 50% of the authorised capacity. And, in terms of sports, medium-term training in federated non-professional leagues is allowed, as well as the holding of shows and sports activities.

Cinemas, theatres, 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 authorised capacity in each venue.

Tourist recreation centres, zoos and aquariums may be opened with a maximum capacity of 50%. 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. 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.

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 and funerals 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 the burial or farewell for cremation of the deceased person is restricted to a maximum of 50 people, including relatives and close friends.

Wedding 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.

Information via and the Spanish Health Authority press released on 30th May.

May 25

The BOE has published the order that establishes new flexibility measures for the territorial areas in Phase 2 and moderations to Phase 1.

Changes to Phase 1 are at the end of this article

  • It contemplates the opening of all commercial establishments and cultural spaces with a capacity limit
  • The professional sports league is resumed without an audience, but with media braodcasting assistance.
  • The use of recreational pools and beaches is allowed while maintaining security measures
  • The new ministerial order also includes easing measures for phase 0 and phase 1

May 17th, 2020 .– The Official State Gazette (BOE) has published the flexible order for the territorial units that go to Phase 2 .These are measures related to the social sphere, retail and service provision, hospitality and restaurant activities, science and innovation, cultural venues and establishments, sports, recreational pools and active and nature tourism, among others. scopes. This Order of the Ministry of Health will enter into force tomorrow, Monday, May 18.

Social measures

It will be possible to move around the province, island or territorial unit of reference in groups of maximum 15 people , among whom the cohabiting people are not counted, always maintaining social distance or protection measures.

People up to 70 years of age will be able to carry out non-professional physical activity in any time slot except for the one between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm and between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm, which is reserved to those over 70 years old.

The autonomous communities and autonomous cities may agree that within their territorial scope these time slots start up to two hours before and end up to two hours later, as long as their total duration is not increased.

A funeral or wake may be held in all kinds of facilities, public or private, with a maximum limit of 25 people in open spaces or fifteen people in closed spaces, whether or not they live together. The burials and cremations are restricted to a maximum of 25 people, including relatives and friends .

The maximum capacity of places of worship goes from a third to 50% .

The wedding ceremonies and other religious celebrations may take place in all types of facilities with a capacity of 50% and without exceeding the hundred spaces to the outdoors or indoors fifty people.

Recreational pools and beaches

The recreational pools can be opened to the public by appointment, a maximum capacity of 30% or the one that allows compliance with the safety distance. Shift schedules will also be organized.

Cleaning should be carried out at least three times a day and showers in the changing rooms and water sources cannot be used.

On the beaches , bathers must use responsibly, complying with the recommendations and standards established by the health authorities. The practice of sports, professional or recreational activities is allowed, provided they can be carried out individually and without physical contact.


Establishments and premises of retail and professional activities may reopen to the public regardless of their usable area of exhibition and sale, provided it is reduced to 40% of the capacity and to ensure a minimum distance two metres between clients.

In premises where it is not possible to maintain this distance……..

Only one customer at a time and there should be a schedule of attention with priority service for over 65 years.

Collection systems may be established in the establishment, staggered to avoid crowds inside the premises or their access and a preferential home delivery system for certain groups.

In the case of street markets , the usual number of stalls will be limited to one third to guarantee the maintenance of the social distance of two meters.

The shopping centres and malls will open with a maximum capacity of 30% of its common areas and 40% in each of the commercial establishments.

Gathering of customers in common areas will not be allowed except for transit between establishments. Recreational areas such as playgrounds, toy libraries or rest areas should be closed.

Hospitality, restoration and hotels

Hotel and restaurant establishments for consumption on the premises may reopen to the public, except for nightclubs and nightlife bars, provided they do not exceed 40% of their capacity .

Consumption within the premises can only be done sitting at a table or groupings of tables and, preferably, by prior reservation. Self-service at the bar by the customer will not be accepted.

The service on the outdoor terraces is maintained according to the order of application of phase 1. In all cases, maintaining the minimum distance of two metres.

The order also includes the reopening to the public of the common areas of hotels and tourist accommodation, provided that it does not exceed a third of its capacity.

Activities or group classes will have a maximum capacity of twenty people, avoiding the exchange of objects, preferably outdoors and respecting the minimum safety distance between all the participants. Otherwise, masks must be used. In addition, the corresponding disinfection of objects and material used will be maintained.

Active tourism and nature activities can be carried out for groups of up to twenty people.

Visits to nursing homes

Autonomous communities and autonomous cities may allow visits to residents of sheltered housing, residential centers for people with disabilities and residential centres for the elderly in their territorial area.

In the case of nursing homes , these visits will preferably be made in exceptional cases, such as the end of life or the relief of dementure of a resident.

These visits may not be carried out in centres where there are confirmed cases of COVID-19, or in which a resident is in a quarantine period.


In the libraries, it will be possible to make consultations in the room as long as it does not exceed a third of the authorised capacity and use the computers intended for the users. However, children’s rooms and open access collections will remain closed.

The exhibition halls, monuments and cultural facilities may open as long as a third of the authorized capacity is not exceeded and measures are taken to control the control of the agglomerations.

All cinemas, theatres, auditoriums and similar spaces may resume their activity as long as they have pre-assigned seats and do not exceed a third of the authorised capacity.

The provision of complementary services, such as a store, cafeteria or the like, is allowed. No cloakroom or left luggage service will be provided.

Professional sport

The athletes integrated into clubs participating in non-professional leagues will be able to carry out basic training, individually and in compliance with the corresponding prevention and hygiene measures, developed in the training centres available to the clubs or in other types of facilities that are are open to the public.

The sports clubs or professional sports Corporations can develop training total character complying with the relevant preventive measures and hygiene with up to 14 people.

The training tasks will be carried out whenever possible in turns, avoiding exceeding 50% of the facility’s capacity for athletes. The media may not attend.

The Professional Leagues competition will resume without a public and behind closed doors, as long as the evolution of the health situation allows it. The media will be able to access and broadcast the competitions.

Covered sports facilities may be reopened. The sports activity will require a prior appointment, time shifts will be organized and the thirty percent capacity limit will be respected and the changing rooms may be used.

Business or scientific conferences, meetings and conferences

Conferences, meetings, business meetings and conferences will be allowed in congress halls, conference rooms, multipurpose rooms and other similar establishments and facilities without exceeding 50 attendees and maintaining a minimum distance of two metres or with security equipment.

The non-face-to-face participation of those who can provide their activity remotely will be encouraged.

The residences, buildings, centres and facilities , public or private, aimed at providing accommodation and catering services and catering to scientific, technical and research may resume. With guarantees of cleaning and disinfection included in the order.

Phase 0 and Phase 1

The Order also includes modifications to previous orders in order to relax certain restrictions on those territorial units that are in Phase 0 and Phase 1.

For those territorial units that are in Phase 0, the conditions are established for the opening to the public of certain shops and services, and the opening of files, as well as for the practice of professional and federated sport under the same conditions as Phase 1.

Thus, in Phase 1 (and phase 0), the opening of commercial premises and similar services is allowed with a useful exhibition and sales area of ​​less than or equal to 400 square meters. In establishments with a higher useful surface, it is established that the space that is reopened to the public can be limited by adjusting to this threshold.

The commercial or promotional activities should be accompanied by measures to ensure that no agglomerations hinder maintaining the safety distance or compliance with capacity limits are generated.

In addition, in Phase 1 hunting and sport and recreational fishing are allowed as long as the safety distance and hygiene and prevention measures are respected.


May 20

? COMPULSORY** use of MASKS in Spain from TOMORROW!!!; Thursday 21st May ?

** “The use of a mask will be mandatory in the public highway (anywhere outside), in outdoor spaces and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, always when it is NOT POSSIBLE to maintain an interpersonal safety distance of at least two metres”.
(Quoted from BOE)

➡️ Use of masks will be compulsory, for the population over the age of 6 years old, from tomorrow in the following places:

“The use of a mask will be mandatory in the public highway (anywhere outside), in outdoor spaces and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, always when it is not possible to maintain an interpersonal safety distance of at least two metres”.
(Quoted from BOE)

“For the purposes of the provisions of this order, it will be understood that the obligation referred to in the previous section through the use of any type of mask, preferably hygienic or surgical, covering the nose and mouth”
(Quoted from BOE)

➡️ There are some exceptions:

“The obligation contained in the previous paragraph will not be enforceable in the following situations:

a) People who present some type of respiratory difficulty or problem that can be seen aggravated by the use of a mask.

b) Those whom, the use of a mask is contraindicated for reasons of duly justified health, or that due to their disability or dependency present behavioural changes that make their use unfeasible.

c) Development of activities in which, by their very nature, the use of the mask is incompatible.

d) For other justified reasons or necessary situation.”
(Quoted from BOE)

In force from tomorrow until end of State of Alarm & it’s possible extensions.

Edit: not obligatory when consuming food/drink (e.g. in bars/restaurants) 🙂

? Read full BOE, released today, here:

Information we translated from Ministry of Health a few weeks ago about correct use of masks: ?

May 10

Starting this Monday, May 11, the health area of the Marina Alta-in which Xàbia is framed-enters phase I of the Plan for the gradual Transition to a New Normality
?? This means greater freedom of personal movement and the reboot of socialization and economic activity
– You can recover social contact in reduced groups (up to 10 people) ? ? ? ?
– Reopen retail ?️????
– Reopen the hotel terraces at 50 %
– Mobility is allowed inside the health area (the Alta Navy)
– Moving to the second residence is allowed whenever you are in the same region ?
– Reopen-with restrictions-places of worship ?
– Allowed-with restrictions-wake and burials ⚰️

???? The success of this phase, rather than police control, needs everyone’s involvement. Let’s use this freedom with responsibility and common sense. ?? Please respect distances, use masks in closed places or where there are more concentration of people, keep hand hygiene and carry your identity papers daily because checks will be done that the people in Xàbia effectively reside in the Marina Alta.
Here we answer the most frequent doubts.
** This information is updated on Sunday May 10 and could change if there are any new instructions or regulations in the next few hours

The slots are maintained for ages ONLY for walks or the performance of outdoor sport in order to avoid agglomerations and respect preferential schedules for seniors and other risk profiles
6-10 hours: over 14 years old
10-12 hours: over 70 years old
12 p.m. under 14 years old
19 p.m. over 70 years old
20 p.m. over 14 years old
** These schedules could change if the autonomous government considers it
For shopping, family visits, car circulating, making consuming on hotel terraces or appointments in hairdressers etc… the schedule is free.

MOBILITY: Free in the 33 municipalities of the Marina Alta. To travel outside you have to have justified cause for health, work, assistance to older or dependents or force majeure.
– Vehicles up to 9 places: You can travel as many people as places have the vehicle, provided they all reside in the same home. In this case, the use of a mask will not be necessary. ** When not all live in the same home, two people can be moved for each row of seats, provided they wear mask and respect the maximum distance between the occupants.
-Motorcycles, mopeds and two-seater vehicles can travel two people whenever they wear integral helmet with visor, or wear mask or residing in the same home.
– Trucks, vans, or others, will be able to travel at most two people, provided that their occupants wear masks and keep as much distance as possible.

– On the bus it is mandatory to wear mask and keep as far as possible
– In the taxi you can move two people for each additional row of seats compared to the driver’s (3 if they all live in the same home)

– ♀️ Active and nature tourism activities are allowed within the health area
-☺️The beaches are still closed (you can’t sunbathe or bathe)
– Hunting or sports fishing is not allowed
– Water sport is permitted within the time slot marked for our community (from 6 to 10 p.m. and from 20 p.m. to 23 p.m.). Always at the individual level and keeping distance and hygienic measures.
** We open the whole coast to sports such as surfing, paddlesurf, sailing, kayaking… Except for the swimming in open waters that is still bounded on the beach de la Grava (only balized) to facilitate control of the bathing ban in beaches by the security forces.
– Nautical navigation is also allowed to people who have their home in the Alta Navy with a maximum of 10 people on board. In any case, if they are not coliving, only 50 % of the authorized capacity on the certificate of the vessel may be able
– Nautical bikes and boats or recreational ships may be rented by people residing in the Marina Alta.
* Nautical bikes and recreational boats or ships shall not be able to move more than 12 miles from the port or mooring installation from which navigation begins.
More info at