RELIEVED UK expat bar and business owners are getting ready to reopen and to celebrate the whole of Spain’s Costa Blanca region getting into Phase One of the country’s lockdown easing measures.
The official news is expected tonight from the country’s national government, as after a false alarm, they are set to approve all of the health departments in Alicante Province moving forward together in the de-escalation of the State of Alarm.
Last weekend saw a split declaration in Madrid, which meant that the Torrevieja and Orihuela health areas were given the all-clear, whilst the Alicante and Elche departments were stopped from progressing onwards from Phase 0.
That meant that the reopening of bars and businesses, extra travel freedom, and the resumption of church services could go ahead in Orihuela and Torrevieja, but not in the adjoining health districts of Alicante and Elche.
Now the El Mundo newspaper says that the national government will give the green light for the whole of the Valencian Community to go into Phase 1 this Monday (May 18).
That followed a meeting yesterday (May 14) between Valencia’s health minister, Ana Barceló, and her national counterpart, Salvador Illa.
Valencian president, Ximo Puig, angrily queried why all the health departments in his region were not given permission for Phase 1 last week, and a legal challenge was being lodged in the Supreme Court to find out what the rationale for the decision was from the Health Ministry in Madrid.
Assuming the national government makes the positive announcement later today, then as of this Monday, people will be able to freely move around the whole of Alicante Province for the first time since the State of Alarm was introduced in mid-March.