Recap on Xmas Agreement

SPN New Year's Eve Dinner OnLAlthough we published an article on this yesterday evening, it is worth going over the points agreed between the regions of Spain again.

1) Although the curfew doesn’t come into effect until 01.30h on Christmas and New Year’s Eve; the morning of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, it is only to give people time to get back home. It does not cover going out in general, therefore if you are stopped out and about after 22.30h on those two nights rather than in a dwelling where there is a family get together, you will have problems.

2) There will be no Cotillones; i.e. pre-arranged,New Year parties held in restaurants, etc.

3) The only inter-regional travel permitted this Christmas will be to visit close relatives or family on these two special Christmas occasions. Other than that, you cannot cross a regional border. These Christmas arrangements do not affect municipal restrictions that are in force at the moment.

4) The agreement completely forbids the crossing of regional borders for reasons of tourism or leisure, as well as the occupation of second homes (holiday homes) or trips to the mountains or coast.

However, what the document does not mention – nor did the Spanish Health Minister answer when questioned – was how are the police expected to distinguish between people crossing the boarders to visit relatives for Christmas from those heading to the coast or mountains to take up residence in their holiday homes.

5) The maximum number of people that can attend a family-Christmas event is ten, including children, unless more than 10 already live together. It is recommended that only two ‘bubbles’ can mix, although three is not forbidden. In other words: grandparents, two offspring and their spouses and children to a max of 10 is not expressly forbidden (three ‘bubbles’ although not recommended).

Again, nobody has explained how the police can control who is in every house, in other words, a restriction that it is impossible to control.

6) High-school pupils and university students not living at home come under a special category as a closer eye has been kept on them, because they have been accused of spreading the virus through thoughtless behaviour. It has been recommended that they should limit their social life during at least ten days before returning home for Christmas and to avoid “interaction in enclosed spaces.”

7) All social gatherings (Christmas events) between the 23rd of December and the 6th of January are cancelled. There will be no 3-Kings parades, but the event should instead take the form of a static event; i.e., children go to visit the Kings instead of the latter touring the town. Traditional races such as the San Silvestre cross-country races will be limited in the number of participants, if not cancelled completely.

8) Religious gatherings are also affected, although no further restrictions are included other than those already in place. However, holding choir performances should not take place (Sorry Anne!): Midnight mass will not be an exception to the curfew – it is recommended that this particular service be followed on TV instead.

(News: Andalucia)

  4 comments for “Recap on Xmas Agreement

  1. December 4, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Jackie: You live in the municipality of Almuñécar, within the province of Granada and the autonomous region of Andalucía. At present, you can’t move out of the municipality, much less the province, which you would have to do to reach even Nerja.

    As for the Christmas period, you can leave go to Málaga if it is to stay with family or close friends of the family; or better said, close family friends can visit a family home, not vice versa.

    However, the whole thing is likely to change before the 23rd because the term allegados (someone with a special relationship with a family unit) is such a loose term that it makes a mockery of the planned restrictions.

    Next, the Junta de Andalucía will make an announcement on or just after the 10th of December, which will most likely alter these restrictions, based on how things are going in hospitals.

    In summary, it is still too early (by about a week) to have a clear idea about what we will and won’t be able to do – sorry!

  2. Jackie
    December 4, 2020 at 9:52 am

    I am a bit lost with the restrictions between municipalities, provinces and communidades autonomas so can you please help me just with this question. I live in Almunecar and was planning to go to Malaga to spend a few days between Dec 23 and Jan 2 (I don’t have any family there). Is it possible or not ??? Thanks in advance for your help.

  3. December 3, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Johan: As Spanish 2nd-home owners are still being stopped from occupying them, it would logically include foreign, property owners. When there is something on this, don’t worry, we will publish it 😉

  4. Johan Devalez
    December 3, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Is there anything known about foreigners wishing to come over to their houses for the hollidays?

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