During her many years in Spain, Sally has moved several times, bought property, sold property, let out an apartment to tourists and currently rents an apartment. She says: "20 years as an expat have taught me many things and given me wonderful experiences, laughter, tears, friends and a very tolerant view of life. I have never regretted it, even in difficult times. I cannot imagine living any differently. I don’t think Brexit will stop people seeking a home in the sun, in fact it may make them all the more determined to find one."
The news from Spain this week is mainly very positive: the beaches, shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs are open again, but all with safety measures in place to protect both employees and the public.
By the 23rd of June, all of Spain was out of lockdown and the government’s State of Alarm will not be renewed. Power has already been returned to the 17 Autonomous Regions, meaning that each will determine how to proceed with keeping a check on COVID-19 and re-introducing tourism. The latter is vital to Spain’s economy, being 15% of its GDP. But, in the aftermath of 3 months in lockdown, not all tourists are equal.
“Thanks to the good practice by Spain’s citizens, 52% of the country will move to Phase 3 of lockdown on the 8th of June,” said the Spanish Minister for Health. Phase 3 is the final phase of releasing the Spanish people from one of the strictest confinements in Europe.
We’re basking in a heatwave here in Spain and enjoying the reopening of restaurants, bars and beaches – and soon you should be able to as well, with plans underway for international travel to resume in July.
Spain’s lockdown has now entered its sixth week. Although there are still many new cases being reported each day, they are far from the heights of a month ago. Sally Veall, our writer in Catalonia, explains where and how the lockdown is being lifted.