Spain to open up borders earlier than Planned
With the announcement from the Spanish Government that the country will be opened to EU visitors from 21st June, (except Portugal whose Spanish/Portuguese borders will re-open on 1st July) without quarantine restrictions, the summer is really set to take off.
Phase 3 begins 15th
The move into Phase 3 on Monday 15th June has seen the region of Valencia included in the 70 percent of Spain moving into the third phase of exit from lockdown. This allows for movement within the region, though not into others. Gatherings of up to 20 people are now allowed to gather together socially.
Some regions limit activities until State of Emergency is fully lifted
A few regional governments have decided to use their power over the easing of lockdown in their own areas to limit some activities until the national state of emergency is lifted on 21st June, 2020. These seven regions, including Madrid, Andalucia and Barcelona, have chosen to limit restrictions on movement and nightlife for the moment, in light of recent spikes in South Korea linked to the opening of nightclubs.
Alicante eases restrictions further
Regions that are easing restrictions further, as allowed in Phase 3 of the deescalation plan include Alicante province, where bars and nightclubs will be allowed to open at night with a 50% capacity.
Very gradually, the country is being brought forward to the ‘new normal’ with time slots for physical exercise being abolished, except in the Basque region and Castilla-la-Mancha, where they still retain a slot for vulnerable people and seniors. In general, the rule for cultural places such as museums, libraries and cinemas is 50% with the odd region setting it a little higher.
On the South Costa Blanca, the beautiful Orihuela Costa will benefit from the further lifting of restrictions in Phase 3 and then on June 21, the new normal will begin. Face masks will be obligatory when it’s impossible to maintain a 1.5 metre distance and individual regions will maintain decision making powers on measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 to avoid further spikes. Mobility between regions, when the state of emergency is lifted, will be limited only in the event of there being new outbreaks in specific areas.
Punta de La Glea renovated
Preparations have already been in full swing for the tourist season, for residents and visitors to enjoy the best of the local areas of the Orihuela Costa as the Town Hall recently renovated the beautiful Punta de La Glea. This is a natural park that has benefited from a 32,000 euro investment, where steps have been replaced within the route which takes you between Cabo Roig and Aguamarina beaches. The 1.4 km path has been cleared to allow pedestrians to safely stroll through the natural area in the glorious sunshine, enjoying the views of the Mediterranean waters.
Great Nightlife line-up
With nightlife now revving up on the Orihuela Costa, one of the hubs of entertainment, Villamartin Plaza is offering a great lineup of performances for the summer season. The areas of Playa Flamenca, Cabo Roig and La Zenia also have lots of great hotspots to visit during the summer season.
Visit Tripadvisor to make a list of places you’d love to try out! The beauty of the venues in these areas is that you can pop between them easily to find your favourite, as they are all in close proximity to each other.
Now is the Time
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