THE return to a new normality in Torrevieja is being accomplished with the loyal help of the canine squad who have been called in to patrol the streets with the National Police and assure that everything is running smoothly.
Torrevieja is one of the few municipalities of the Valencian province that has indeed passed onto Phase 1 of the de-escalation plan. This new phase has brought with it some new freedoms such as the reopening of terraced bars and a greater freedom of movement.
However, to ensure that all runs smoothly the National Police have entrusted the help of these canine companions who have a sharp nose and can detect any trouble brewing in the area.
Residents in the area have complained about people flouting the rules set out in Phase 1 and taking their liberties with these new-found freedoms.
For example, one resident in Torrevieja suggests that these police units should patrol around the Los Balcones Park, as there are many people who disregard the rules and use the public gym equipment to train.
Although exercise is allowed, these communal spaces have been prohibited to reduce the risk of transmission between residents. She claims that these flouters do not care who sees them using the equipment and that if they are questioned, they become aggressive.