A few things to know before going to SpainLaurence Lemoine
After 3 months of shutdown, this Sunday 21st of June, the controls at the borders between Spain and France will come to an end: this date will then allow the tourists and owners of second homes to move freely between the two countries.
The same goes for the entire Spanish population, who will not only be able to move from one province to another, but also from one community to another without specific authorisation.
This date also marks the end of the period of alarm and the beginning of a new era, the post-covid world, here called “the new normality”. After phases 1, 2 and 3, which corresponded to the stages of deconfinement, now comes the “new normality”, which should not be mistaken with life before covid-19! So here are the new rules of the game decided by the Spanish authorities, while waiting for a vaccine or treatment against coronavirus.
So no quarantine on arrival, but the obligation to wear a mask on the public highway and in closed places under penalty of a fine of up to 100 euros. Outdoors, when the interpersonal distance of at least 1.50 is not guaranteed, masks are compulsory. Preventive and hygienic measures have also been introduced into workplaces, commercial establishments, hotels, restaurants and residential centres. These measures are taken to avoid excessive population concentrations and thus the risk of contagion.
Beaches under surveillance…
Depending on the municipality, access to the beaches is extremely controlled or not… Some accesses are only possible after online registration as in Benidorme where bathers must register beforehand on a dedicated platform. In many cases, agents have been recruited to check compliance with safety distances, or the limit of a certain percentage of capacity not to be exceeded, and signposts prohibit or oblige access to specific places; in general, information panels have been placed at the entrance to the various beaches.
The post-Covid era thus officially begins this Sunday and with it a new summer season marked by health and economic uncertainty. Spain expects a lot from the tourist frequentation of its beaches, hotels and restaurants, as hundreds of thousands of jobs are at stake in a country where the tourism sector represents 11% of the GDP.