Moraira and COVID-19 – Everything you need to know
NEW CASES ARE RISING IN OUR AREA, PLEASE BE SAFE, STAY HOME & LIMIT SOCIAL GATHERINGS
We have received so many questions about the situation in Moraira and COVID-19 measures that we thought it would be better to make an article with all the info we have at the moment.
RULES FOR JANUARY – Moraira and COVID-19
Moraira’s mayor has just asked the Generalitat to authorize a perimetral lockdown in Moraira. This might be approved in the upcoming days and will mean that no one will be allowed to exit or enter the municipality except for work or health reasons.
- CURFEW : between 22h00 and 06h00. This means you need to be home by the time the curfew starts.
- NO TRAVEL BETWEEN REGIONS : No travel will be allowed between Comunidades, unless you are a resident of said community or you are travelling for work. Travel within the region is only allowed if you can justify why you are traveling.
- RESTAURANTS AND BARS will shut at 17:00 and no more than 4 people can sit at the same table. Smocking at terraces or in public spaces is strictly forbidden.
- CELEBRATIONS AND MEETINGS: a maximum of 6 people can gather outdoors or indoors.
Latest COVID Numbers in Moraira
CAN YOU TRAVEL TO SPAIN ?
IF YOU ARE TRAVELING FROM THE UK FROM THE 21/12/2020 to the 19/01/2021 YOU CAN ONLY ENTER THE COUNTRY IF YOU ARE RESIDENT IN SPAIN. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO NOT TRAVEL UNLESS YOUR TRIP IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL
Outside of this period you will be allowed to travel to Spain/ Moraira only in following cases. You will need to provide paperwork and justification to the local authorities.
1) If you are a EU citizen OR a citizen from following countries Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland or a close relative (children, parents etc).
2) If you are not a EU citizen but a registered resident in Spain regardless of your nationality. Owning a house here is not enough, you need to be a REGISTERED Spanish resident. Other justified reasons to enter the country are :
– In case you are reuniting with your Spanish partner/spouse
– For business and work reasons. You need written justification from your company or employer.
– If you are studying in Spain
– In cases of force majeure / serious family events, such as death or severe illness or to take care of a family member.
– If you are transiting through Spain to reach another country.
– If you are seeking asylum
– If you are a health worker
– If your work involves crossing the border on a daily basis
FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON WHO IS ALLOWED TO TRAVEL TO SPAIN, READ THIS DOCUMENT
What should you expect when arriving at the airport ?
If you are coming from a RISK AREA, you will now have to provide a negative PCR test done maximum 72h before your trip.
TO SEE IF YOU ARE COMING FROM A RISK AREA, PLEASE CHECK THIS LIST – CLICK HERE
ALL TRAVELERS COMING BY PLANE OR BOAT WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE PROOF OF A NEGATIVE TEST. This does not apply to children under 6.
This does not apply to travelers coming in by train or car.
The only tests that will be accepted are PCR test r a Transcription-Mediated Amplification test (TMA), or equivalent.
The Proof of Test document can be presented in ENGLISH, GERMAN, FRENCH or SPANISH. If it is in a different language you will need to present a certified translation of the document.
Once at the airport :
- You will have to submit to a temperature check and you will need to fill in a form about your physical condition and your travel plans within Spain. If you have a high temperature, you will be examined by a doctor and could be potentially tested for COVID 19. If you test positive you will be quarantine, as well as the rest of you party.
- You will have to wear a mask AT ALL TIMES during your transit in the airport as well as in rental car offices etc.
- Please respect social distancing and instructions given by staff.
- Carry a small bottle of hand gel and wash your hands as often as possible
To see all measures and online forms click here
Taxis and transfers
Taxis and transfers are available, albeit with limited occupancy. Wearing a mask is mandatory throughout the journey. If you need a taxi at night, we recommend you book it in advance as availability is limited nowadays.
We also recommend hiring a car if you can, as this is a safer option. Taxis are limited in Moraira and need to be disinfected between clients, which makes waiting time at the taxi rank even longer.
What are the safety measures in Moraira ?
1) You will have to wear a mask in all public spaces, shops and roads. Only exceptions are on the beach/ at a pool, in green spaces (forests, fields etc), if exercising or if you have a respiratory disease ( this will need to be certified by a doctor). Hand sanitizer and gloves are available at the entrance of shops.
2) Masks are mandatory in any public spaces regardless of social distancing (1.5 m). . Masks have to be worn in restaurants if you leave your table to go to the bathroom. We ask our guests to take this very seriously as police is now fining and registring anyone who doesn’t follow the rules.
3) Even in spaces where you don’t need to wear a mask, you will need to CARRY one with you. If you are stopped by the police you could be fined.
4) Cash is accepted in shops and restaurants but payment by card is recommended to limit contacts.
5) Most shops will have a limited occupancy depending on their size. Please respect it and wait for your turn outside, if needed.
How safe is Moraira ?
This is a difficult question to answer as things are constantly evolving BUT Moraira and the Marina Alta have been relatively spared by the pandemic, with very few cases and deaths. However this is starting to change with cases rising so everybody has to be careful and respect COVID measures.
Can we use the beach ?
Yes, albeit with certain restrictions :
1) Only use the designated entrances and exits to access the beach
2) A 4 m distance needs to be maintained between sunbeds and parasols
3) You shouldn’t be sitting less than 4 m from the seashore
4) When playing in the sand or bathing, keep a minimum 1.5m distance
5) Wear a mask if you are walking across the beach
6) Beach sports such as volleyball, beach tennis are not allowed
7) Do not visit the beach if you have any symptoms and use hand gel as often as possible
LIMITED OCCUPANCY ON SOME BEACHES
Some townhalls are limiting occupancy on certain beaches and you might need to book in advance to secure a spot.
CALA MORAIG, Benitatxell : Maximum 400 people – Book your spot on the AparcarE app : click here
CALA AMBOLO, Javea : CLOSED
CALA LA GRAVA, ARENAL, LA BARRACA and GRANADELLA, Javea. – Limited occupancy but no booking system. Access roads will be blocked once the maximum occupance is reached
CALA FUSTERA, PINETS, BALADRAR, Benissa – Limited occupancy but no booking system. Access roads will be blocked once the maximum occupance is reached
I am renting a villa with you, what should I expect ?
1) All properties are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by a professional company between each guests. Textiles and soft furnishings are disinfected with sprays between guests.
2) We provide a bottle of hand gel at every check-in. When we check you in one of our properties, we will be wearing a mask and will ask you to do the same. Only one person is allowed inside the property with our HMR agent to ask questions and formalize the last details of their booking.
3) For stays with linen and towel change, please strip all beds and leave linen and towels in the entrance of your property. The cleaning staff will remove them and leave clean sheets and towels for you, but won’t enter the property.
4) We kindly ask our guests to not leave any food,drinks, rubbish or dirty dishes in the villa when they check-out. Help us protect our cleaning staff and remove any personal or used items from the villa.
5) If you have any symptoms during your stay, please let us know. We can direct you to local health services. Please do not visit a medical center without calling them beforehand.
We’re all in this together, we can only beat the pandemic if everyone does his part. Let’s enjoy our summer while still being responsible.
Welcome to Moraira 🙂
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