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Goodbye To Tourists (Brits & all Others)

I thought I´d shed a little light on the situation, here, in Spain, as of today.

These are my observations based on reported facts, and not a copy-paste, and I have tried to keep it as short as possible but, the facts are a moving target.

As many know, Spain depends largely on tourism, with over 82 million visitors last year – mostly from GB, followed by Germany and France.

Although the “virus” was already apparent in China since last Dec 2019, Spain didn´t take action until 14th March this year, imposing a complete lockdown on the country, with a total of over 260,000 cases of infection. The state of alarm was extended by two week periods and Spain became the most infected country in Europe.

The question to be asked: Why didn´t Spain shut down earlier?
Failure to understand the situation? Or, fear of economic collapse?

The lockdown was finally lifted on 21st June, following a four-phase de-escalation plan from the strictest regulations in Europe. At that point, the number of deaths and the infection rate was steadily decreasing. Things were looking up.

During that three month-lockdown, the wearing of MASKS wasn´t compulsory. Probably due to their unavailability!
The new “normality” started on 21st June, after the “state of emergency” ended, and citizens were able to move freely across and between all regions of Spain - except Madrid who had to stay in phase 2 as being the region being hit the worst by the “coronavirus”-

At this time, MASKS became mandatory in all public places, as well as the two-meter distancing.

Then, on 29th June, Europe reopened all borders and then.... oh la la.. party time! – the Spanish got back to their fiesta routine, and the foreign visitors were once again welcome with open arms to join the party. applause party dance danceline

In conclusion, Spain was the harshest country in Europe regarding rules and restrictions which, by and large, were respected, until the party started.
The Spanish have done their best to create an illusion of “security”. They take your temperature at the airport etc. but, the mere fact that some are tested positive on arrival, highlights the fragility of the system.
How did they get on the plane in the first place and have now, obviously, infected many more???
And, of course, flying is not the only way to get to Spain! Many foreign plated cars from all over Europe are to be seen driving around. Have they been tested??? confused

Here, in Spain, on the evening news, a map of Spain is regularly shown with red patches showing the outbreak areas. These red patches are getting bigger and more numerous and some regions have gone back to lockdown again!

I myself have personal experience with this. Friends who live only 30 kms away can no longer leave their area to go to the beach, or visit me, and it is now spreading to my area.
How long before shutdown? And how long for, remains to be seen?? hmmm hole


Against this background, I see on the news that Britain has imposed a 14-day quarantine on anybody returning from Spain, and other countries are about to follow this example.
Spain has taken this as a personal slight, and now threatening to impose a quarantine on Brits coming, still insisting that Spain is “safe”, despite being contradicted by their own figures which show a steep rise in infections.

Health officials of both Spain and the EU regard restrictions on travel to Spain a good thing and their advice is not to come! scold

Of course, the politicians are furious about the loss of tourists' income, although they have just received 140 billion Euros from the EU to compensate for the loss (the highest compensation paid!).


I suggest that any tourist contemplating visiting Spain in the near future should be forced to produce a certificate of sanity. cartwheel batting


Apart from that, the sun is shining, the sea is blue, it is very hot and humid. dancing cool

Comments (58)

AI_1984
SOME POSITIVE NEWS FOR TODAY...

MY AREA ARE NOT GOING TO IMPOSE A LOCKDOWN AFTER ALL...FOR NOW, ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER OF CONTAGIOUS CASES IS INCREASING DAILY!.uh oh

BUT...THINGS MIGHT CHANGE IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS??? grin
AI_1984
I FORGOT TO SAY...

The sun is still shining and temperatures are rising! cool teddybear
goldengloss
Hi D, Incessant rain and cool and not pleasant here for most of the summer, we had a week or so of sun in April.
Rules and regulations seem to be changing here daily.
Ireland as you know have many people who go to spain and even have homes in spain and apartments.

I was supposed to go to my friends sisters apartment in Spain but the lockdown put paid to that and now we have mandatory mask wearing except they put them on getting on to the train, luas and bus and then take them off.
Shopping is nightmare. My doctors surgery [a practice with lots of different doctors and a dental surgery ] is not allowing people in until the doctor is ready so there is a gang of us all waiting , last week I was drenched to the skin and it was cold... Yesterday I had to have blood tests and again, at least a dozen of us walking up and down outside for over half an hour. This is not feasible as you know Ireland will get cold in October if not earlier.

Large proportion of Irish go to Spain as I have said but we have a very good tourist industry here too as Ireland is beautiful, Galway, Donegal, Wicklow and West cork etc., etc., plus craic is always good but even that has gone. Eating in a restaurant is not a pleasurable experience any more and nobody is calm and relaxed.
Meeting a friend for a coffee, bun and a chat is very unpleasant, the queue, the few tables available [social distancing] and we have had a surge in new cases as it seems those young people seem to think that the virus only goes for oldies, as in, those over 50.
Not having the sun means a walk is not pleasant and things we took for granted like a good play, a music venue, are things of the past, so is enjoying a drink in comfort in a friendly pub.

Sorry for the long reply but I have been told that when the weather gets colder and we have windows shut and heating on, the virus will surge again because social distancing won't be effective then.
AI_1984
Hello Goldie wave

I know about Irish people wanting to come to spain for a bit of warmth.
And we could do with some cool breeze..and rain over here! grin

I happen to have an Irish friend who wanted to come to look at properties..NOW!
. in order to buy something.

I told him he was mad!!
I had to tell him..not only about the heat..but about our strict regulations and also the possible quarantine.

Apparently, he wasn't aware!
That's what inspired me to write this blog...to WARN people!

I don't know if it will get easier in the autumn? uh oh

IMHO...I think NOT!

I've also had to cancel my eye specialist appointment doh

Anyway...sending you some positive vibes..teddybear bouquet
AI_1984
THE NUMBER OF CASES IS STILL RISING BY THE DAY!!

AND NOW, IT'S ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVING BEACH PARTIES WITHOUT RESPECTING DISTANCES AND NOT WEARING MASKS.doh

THEY'RE NOW THE ONES GETTING INFECTED AND THEY SPREAD IT AMONGST THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!


HOW ON EARTH ARE WE GOING TO STOP THIS? roll eyes
AI_1984
AS A QUICK UPDATE...

BRITS WHO ARE FACED A 14 DAY QUARANTINE WHEN COMING BACK FROM SPAIN, HAVE NOW DECIDED TO FLY FROM GIBRALTAR INSTEAD TO AVOID THE QUARANTINE..

HOW LONG WILL THEY GET AWAY WITH IT IS ANOTHER QUESTION???uh oh



ANOTHER UPDATE...
SOME AIRLINES HAVE GIVEN A WARNING TO THE BRITS TO LEAVE NOW...THIS WEEKEND...OR THEY WILL BE STUCK HERE AS PLANES REFUSE TO FLY HALF EMPTY!! doh
goldengloss
Hi D ~ I wonder how long will they get away with it too. Airlines are making money which they need badly. As for Ireland I can tell you from personal experience [as in people I know who have had friends ] who have come over from UK where they were supposed not to travel and come in to Ireland via Northern Ireland which as you know is not Republic of Ireland.
Also Americans, Italians came on holiday via Northern Ireland and went to Kerry. Four of the Americans tested positive for Covid19.

The young people are still not self distancing, well not in Dublin either, they are drinking in park across the road, hugging, kissing, and we have a steep rise in numbers so much so now that opening pubs for drinking alone may be off the cards.
I would love to at least have some sun and sand and sea as you have and scenery of course, the other S. can wait as underneath the bravado I am pretty much fed up of it all. It's lonely just meeting somebody now and again for a cuppa and chat and have this voice on loudspeaker reminding us not to spend too long [shops as well ] so browsing for bargains in supermarket is gone and so is trying on lipsticks and enjoying mooching around Oxfam and other thrift shops. I get lots of bric a brac and stuff there and now it's 5 people in and you are timed.
Sorry for the negative response but I find the reality of it all is beginning to get to me. I do still have my books and other things but I do miss the things I took for granted.
AI_1984
Hiya Goldie...I know and also feel the same about the whole damn thing.

All the things you mention, well...those were the days! sigh

And now, we all wonder..how long will it be till we can get back to "normal" again?

Or...is this the new NORM?

I finally had a friend's visit yesterday (he's from Murcia town) whom I hadn't seen for 7 months!
He came before our area gets back to another confinement..which is likely to happen next week.
frustrated grin

We discussed the situation in great length and came to the same conclusion.uh oh
goldengloss
D. Isn't it great when a friend calls? It's a novelty now. I'm glad you could chat about the whole situation with somebody who understands.
I do think for families, of course it is very hard, but living alone, which is my choice was once terrific, I had things my way and enjoyed peace and animals. Now it's enforced and hard to socialise and when you are single as you know, you tend to depend on going out to have a social life.
That is awful about the lockdown again. I did not mind the first one, it was so quiet here, usually noisy with huge shopping centre nearby and lots of cars and noise, the birds were singing, trees were cleaner looking.
Somehow a 2nd lockdown would be the pits. Alas our leader told us that this was the new 'normal' as in self distancing and also mask wearing.
I'm a huggy person in real life and chat to many people and there is an eerie silence as people [well the older ones ] distance themselves from you on the path.
I think we are going to have to redefine joy and happiness and accept the things we cannot change [part of AA serenity prayer] and courage to change the things we can.
Stay safe and keep up the bright blogs.
hug
AI_1984
I agree GG..the first lockdown wasn't so bad after all.
I also enjoyed the peace and quiet and connecting with nature again..seeing all the creatures that were in hiding...clean beaches.. clean air and clear waters.

But..goodbye all that! With all the beach and street parties...no distancing...litter everywhere...the number of contagious increasing every day and now lockdown again in many regions..doh

The situation is worse than it was in March!!!


Some positive and cheerful blogs? Yeah..we could do with some of that.
But...do you think it would really attract people?

After all..this IS a dating site dunno

Keep safe Gg hug bouquet
AI_1984
GOOD/BAD NEWS?

MADRID WAS ABOUT TO INTRODUCE A NEW PLAN: THE IMMUNITY CARD, GIVEN TO PEOPLE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODIES, SO THEY COULD ENJOY HIGHER-RISK AREAS LIKE GYMS, BARS AND MUSEUMS.

GOOD, OR BAD NEWS? dunno

Anyway, this plan - which was to start in Madrid and, eventually in the whole of Spain - has been highly criticised and they have now changed their mind! uh oh


Apart from that, the number of infected people is still on the rise!
goldengloss
D ~ howdy, Sunday morning and rain coming down [sounds like a song our beloved Leonard Cohen would write...
Anyway, regarding those immunity cards. I was out yesterday and missed a lot of your blog.
I had Covid 19 in March, quite a nasty dose not at all like flu. Anyway I have long covid which is a hangover of pains all over my joints and that pain is very bad. Coughing fits and a headache and fuzzy brain fog at times. To get to point I am seeing a Clinic which is at the sea here in Dublin south.
It will cost me a few bob but my GP is worried that these symptoms are not going away for many like myself who got a bad dose. It seems that ANTIBODIES are not proven to make anyone immune.
Take care,
Thank God for people my age who seem to still survive but don't flout the rules and feel they are invincible like the young people. Now it is younger people who are getting the virus. Enjoy the Sun D
cool
I did not think GG would " venture" without a reason unlike many who write about travels as if they do not need a reason other than cheap fares and boredom.
Whether you side with masks, etc. or not, the borders still have potential to leave you stranded and out a return flight, no hotel bookings and stranded.
Going to Embassies is not practical.
I have seen people stranded because their regular identification expired and they never bothered to check into doing this before hand.Airlines do not readily re-book your return flights and there are hidden clauses.
Travel risks aside, how do you feel about the flip-flopping is there any resolution on the way.
hug
AI_1984
Hi Ash..
How do I feel? Well..
All those contradictions are causing confusion and frustration...as intended! devil

I think it's best not to watch any news at all or..if possible...to stand back and detach yourself.

And this applies to the blogs and forums too!
Not to form any attachments and watch from afar.


bouquet
AI_1984
Gg...I'm older than you and I'm also a survivor..thanks to my good immune system..but I am in no means invincible!

I only go out once a week for shopping and take my dog out in remote places where I don't have to wear a mask.

I also avoid crowds and stay at home most of the time.

Good luck with your doc.

hug
MiMiArt
Hiya Daniela! applause

MiMi and Arty was planning to visit Malaysia and Spain this year but guess our plans have to be back-burned for the time being blues

That’s ok coz he and I don’t mind going on a road trip in the US itself. This is a beautiful country with so many things to see and explore.

P.S. When we travel to Spain again, I’d love to try the Basque burnt cheesecake!
AI_1984
Hola Mimi..and Arty hug

Well..as you know.. if and when you do happen to visit Spain, you know that I will be delighted in seeing you BOTH!
But..
WITHOUT masks on! wink

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