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Information about COVID-19
As we all now know, Spain has been one of the most affected countries in the world by the outbreak of the coronavirus and its inhabitants are now slowly easing out of one of the strictest lockdowns the world has seen during this crisis. Millions of people all over the world are suffering and in one way or another we will all be affected by this unexpected (and hopefully short-lived) global health crisis.
We would like to take the time today to wish all of our clients the very best during these difficult times and to also reiterate some of the new rules established by the Government accompanying the “State of Alarm” declared on Saturday 14th March 2020. As of Monday 18th May 2020, the Málaga and Costa del sol region is in Phase 1 of the lockdown easing plan, meaning:
- You can now leave your home to visit groups of up to 10 people in a private or public place, however you must respect social distancing rules and take the necessary hygiene precautions.
- Bars, restaurants, hotels and shops are slowly reopening, with a maximum capacity and ensuring clients can maintain the safety distance.
- Masks must be worn in public places where keeping a 2 meter distance from other is impossible, such as public transport, street markets and so on.
- If you are lucky enough to be able to work from home, do so for as long as possible. Hundreds of thousands of people have already lost or are in danger of losing their jobs due to this virus. We are not only facing a health crisis, but also a financial one.
- Spanish borders are now closed until further notice. Only Spanish citizens and residents will be allowed entry. Flights to and from Spanish airports are slowly being reintroduced but tourists will have to quaratine for 14 days upon arrival.
- Postal services have returned to normal working hours, although only two people at a time will be allowed inside and an orderly queue must be formed outside, respecting the minimum distance between yourself and others.
The primary and basic rule is to keep yourself a minimum distance of 1,5 meters from other people at all times, wearing gloves and a mask if possible.
Other globally-established basic guidelines to avoid contracting or spreading the Coronavirus are as follows:
- If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into the inside of your elbow as COVID-19 is spread heavily through respiratory drops.
- Wash your hands as much as possible, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid handshakes, the traditional Spanish two kisses and any other general form of physical interaction with others, especially when you are in public.
- Avoid queues, elevators and any other type of crowding of people, even if you consider the area you are in to be protected.
If you find yourself with a fever, dry cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, isolate yourself at home IMMEDIATELY and avoid any and all physical interaction with family or friends of the same household.
If your symptoms worsen, seek medical attention by calling +34 900 400 061. An operator will assess your situation and forward your call onto the 061 emergency services if they consider it necessary.
In conclusion, the whole country is slowly making its way to the “new normal” with the new governent-issued 4-Phase “lockdown easing” plan and we ask that you respect the government-issued guidelines during these hard times. We must take this opportunity to come together as a society and think of others – even if you don’t feel you are infected, some cases are asymptomatic. Stay at home and think of the elderly, sick and vulnerable that you could potentially pass it on to.
Please look after yourselves and use this strange era to relax, be productive and enjoy family time from the comfort of your own home. We are all in this together and will come out of this in unity, stronger than ever before.
We would like to once again ensure each and every one of our clients that the Premier Law team is working hard from our homes and that communications via email and telephone are as normal.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any enquiries or legal issues.