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Update Tue 26th May 2020

News item from Euro Weekly.

Beach Bookings on Spain’s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca look likely to be necessary this year as Community Pools remain shut.

AS Spain moves closer towards the last phases of the lockdown a post-lockdown view of life is steadily emerging and the first thing that springs to mind for many people anticipating a hot summer is when can they put on their swimming costumes again!
Everyone knows that in the summer it is difficult to get a spot on the beach due to the millions of tourists that visit Spain each year. But it’s not only the pale white bodies of the European holidaymakers that hog the beds, its the local out-of-town Spanish nationals too.
The difference is that this year there are in place a host of conditions that need to be adhered to, and not only on the beaches but in community pool too.
Extra sanitising, limited capacity, and a limit on the hours spent in the water are just a few of the conditions laid down by the government in a bid to keep the coronavirus in check.
It has been calculated that only a small percentage of community pools will be allowed to open and so this begs the question “where will people go to cool down this summer?”
The answer is normally the beach of course, but with entry and exits being constructed, roped off areas and metres of space between the sunbeds, the beaches of Spain will be a different place than we affectionately remember.
“There will simply be not enough room to accommodate everyone on the beaches, we are proposing an app, to book a space on the beach, yes its sounds crazy but it will be necessary,” said a source close to the tourism ministry.

Imagine say just one quarter of the population of Fuengirola wants to use the beach in July, the tourists will be back by then, but not in the same numbers as before, but even then with limited capacity, the beach will be full in the first few hours of opening.
As July approaches it won’t be “the Germans have all the sunbeds” – it will be your next-door neighbour.

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Update Sun 24th May 2020

Murcia Today
Will Ryanair be able to fly to Spain.

Will Ryanair be able to fly to Spain even though it wants to?
At the moment there are a lot of different factors which need to be taken into consideration
Although Ryanair has announced plans to restore 40% of flight schedules from July 1st on 90 percent of its route network, some of which will be scheduled for Spain, is it realistic to expect that flights to Spain will be able to operate as planned given the current evolution of the Covid-19 VIRUS worldwide?

The airline said in its press statement this would be subject to governments lifting travel bans within the EU, and public health measures being put in place in airports.

”Ryanair will operate a daily flight schedule of almost 1,000 flights, restoring 90 percent of its pre-Covid-19 route networks the airline said.

”Since mid-March. When the flight restrictions were applied because of the Covid-19 Ryanair has been operating 30 daily flights between Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe. Starting on July 1st. Ryanair will fly again from most of its 80 European bases. There will be fewer daily/weekly frequencies on major routes. As the company continues to work to restore its services on as many routes as possible. Rather than operating fewer connections, but with more frequencies.

Are RyanAir pulling a fast one.
It’s a canny move by the airline as new bookings will contribute to improving its cash flow
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It’s a canny move by the airline as new bookings will contribute to improving its cash flow, and readers are also reporting that the airline is selling flights to passengers for June who will not be allowed to disembark should the current restrictions be extended but the big problem facing passengers who currently have vouchers which can be redeemed against new flights and those looking at booking a summer holiday or a visit to family members living here in Spain is whether the flights now being advertised on the companies webpage will actually be available when the advertised dates arrive.

Or will they simply be cancelled; passengers given vouchers and Ryanair keep hold of the cash!

Ryanair has committed to hygiene measures to protect both travellers and its staff, who will all have to wear masks, including cashless on-board snacks transactions but has refused to consider reducing capacity on its flights. Last month Chief executive Michael O Leary called this idea “idiotic” and expressed his determination to sell as many seats as possible this summer.

The company has received a lambasting from passengers this spring following the decision to issue vouchers instead of refunds for passengers whose flights were cancelled during the Covid crisis, many of whom now face difficult decisions about whether to book one of the newly-announced summer flights or not.

Social media yesterday was awash with concerned property owner’s anxiously asking residents who live here in Spain for advice about whether we realistically believe the flights wiII be operating this summer.
Obviously NONE OF US can give the correct answer. because if we’re honest, none of us can answer that question AT THE MOMENT.

So, what factors need to be taken into consideration if trying to make this difficult decision?

THE DE-ESCALATION PLAN.

1. THE DE-ESCALATION PLAN OF THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT ANTICIPATES A RETURN TO NORMAL MOVEMENT BY 22ND JUNE and this is the first date that there is any possibility of tourists coming to Spain, however this depends on the evolution of the virus and the successful navigation of a four phase plan by each of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions. Last Monday only half of Spain’s population moved into phase one of the plan. The major population centers (and air traffic hubs) of Madrid. Barcelona and Alicante (and other areas) left behind in phase zero due to the high number of cases and concern that allowing residents in these areas greater freedom would cause a new spike in cases. Their move to phase 1 will not be reviewed for 2 weeks. Which puts them 2 weeks behind the rest Of Spain, so should they subsequently be able to follow the same course as the rest of us, then they won t emerge from the de-escalation plan until the end of the first week in July (at the moment Alicante is in phase zero and Murcia in phase 1: should that imbalance continue then theoretically anyone landing in Alicante is not allowed to move across the border into Murcia!).This includes Benidorm.

Note.
Things are looking up but still a bit iffy 1st week in July. Still plenty of time for things to change.

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