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Gibraltar Govt Advises Public to Familiarise Themselves with Restrictions in Spain

Chris Gomez | Photos: Fran Montes, ReachExtra

Spanish authorities have indicated that a “fourth wave” of Covid-19 is expected over this week as “cases” begin to pick up in most areas of Spain apart from the Balearic Islands.

Algeciras Plaza Alta Exhibition Photography Frontline Health Covid Fran Montes Erasmo Fenoy

Fernando Simón, the director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Centre for Health Alerts (CCAES), said on Monday (13.04.21):

“The transmission rate which we are now seeing and will continue to see during next week is that which started more or less during Holy Week… We can avoid reaching the 250 – 300 incidence rate, although the numbers are going to continue to go up slowly but surely in the next few days, but we hope that this will be a gentle increase which we will be able to control.”

For its part, the Government of Gibraltar has advised those of the public wishing to travel into Spain should “familiarise themselves with the latest restrictions in force across the border and to be aware that these may be different from municipality to municipality”.

“The Spanish authorities have indicated that a fourth wave of Covid-19 is expected to materialise over the week and the next as a consequence of contacts made during Easter”.

The latest report in Andalucia states that there are 1,393 hospitalised cases, of whom 302 are in intensive care.

A total of 1,207 cases have been detected in the last 24 hours in Andalucía, which has a population of around 8.427 million (2019)

The counsellor for health and family at the Junta de Andalucía said on Canal Sur Radio that the region was at “extreme risk” and that “we don’t yet know if this is the fourth wave or a spike that will drop sharply thanks to the vaccination programme”.

In the press release, the Gibraltar Government warned:

“It is important to bear in mind that even a person who has been vaccinated against Covid-19 can still contract the disease, albeit with a lesser degree of severity, and spread it to other people”.

At the moment, provincial closures are still in force, and Gibraltar residents wishing to travel into Spain are not allowed to travel outside of the provincial area of Cádiz unless for a pre-approved reason such as medical care or other essential activities.

For it’s part, Malaga province is bordered by Cádiz, Granada, Sevilla and Cordoba. Cádiz province borders with Malaga, Huelva and Sevilla.

Of course, the changing nature of the situation could make travel arrangements more complicated in the coming weeks if further restrictions are reintroduced.

There is a curfew in place throughout Andalucía from 11 PM – 6 AM, with bars and restaurants closing their doors at 10:30 PM.

Groups of 6 are allowed to congregate outdoors.

The wearing of face masks is mandatory outside and inside all public spaces unless seated at a bar or restaurant for those over the age of 6.

Masks are not obligatory while swimming in the sea, nor is it required during sports or exercise.

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