ONE of the key indicators that the Spanish are gradually getting back to work is the number of employees coming off their ERTE payments, almost 300,000 as at the 12 May, the latest figures available. The emergency government payments were awarded under “force majerure” (unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract) due to the coronavirus outbreak and sudden closure or partial shutdown of many businesses both small and large.
MANY people who live in Madrid avoid the heat of the elevated city in July and August by escaping to the coastal areas in Spain which have generally have a more pleasant heat and, of course, the beaches. Those remaining behind often live in gated communities and urbanisations that have shared pools for residents, popular spots for all the family over months when many Madrileños use their entire annual holiday allowance.
DESPITE remaining in Phase 1 of the State of Alarm, Valencia City’s beaches were relatively crowded yesterday (Saturday) due to a combination of the glorious weather, kids being off school and many adults still not being able to return to their workplace.
MANY shopping centres will be able to open for the first time since March as some parts of Spain move into Phase 2 next week (25 May). However, they will be a subject to a number of regulations, and many may decide to stay closed until restrictions looser further. Children’s areas will need to be closed, partitions will need to be installed at information and customer service desks, social distancing (including car parks) will need to be followed and numbers of customers will have to be accurately measured.
THE second giant shark in just a few weeks has been spotted off the coast of Granada (Andalusia) this week
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