As it stands at the time of writing, we can now at least walk on the beach, as long as we don’t go in the water or sunbathe. We can apparently do aquatic sports… Between the hours of 10am until noon and 7pm to 8pm, we should abstain from going anywhere, these hours are set for those over 65 years, the most vulnerable of our community. Also important, is to wear our facemasks, fines can and will be imposed if we don’t. Chiringuitos, beach bars can now open but only at 50% occupancy, many with the intention to re-open at the beginning of June. Even with restaurants and bars open everything will be different but if we all find the plus side we can make the most of it; whatever “it“ is.
For example, this is a unique moment for us residents to really appreciate and enjoy our beautiful city in peak season WITHOUT all the tourists. Keeping positive is above all the key; not always easy which is why, more than ever, we need be watchful of our friends, neighbours, class and workmates to be ready in case they need a helping hand but don’t dare ask. Undoubtedly it will be even more challenging for businesses to survive so now is also the moment to show appreciation to those companies that went out of their way and above and beyond to support the community during lockdown; they should be prioritised when deciding where to spend our money. As with the businesses that already support the #ZeroHeroincentive to promote local road-traffic safety, they have and are showing the resident community that they are open for more than just your business and that they consider themselves to be a part of the community and “in this” together; and together we can make anything happen, all positive if we put our minds to it.
This brings to mind a suggestion I read on Facebook: if we see something that isn’t up to standard in a business, please speak quietly to the person in charge to comment on what could perhaps be improved rather than take videos to shame them on social media; we have to assume that everyone is trying their best in very novel and perplexing circumstances. This is obviously another moment for our resident community to shine. We can all get involved with something and someone: #BetterTogether and #StrongerTogether, eating, drinking and spending at the places that are run by real people with authentic hearts, maintaining our support of the charities that also depend on us, some desperately and being grateful in the knowledge that if we keep up our good spirits and heart-felt actions, what goes around does come around and perhaps between us, even better than before and even sooner than we think.