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Social Distancing in Torrevieja: How Will it Work?

17th July 2020

Please note: The content of this post is accurate as of the date of publication. However it’s possible that circumstances may change as time goes on.

As countries around the world begin to relax COVID-19 measures, spending the summer in Torrevieja could be back on the cards. At the end of June, the UK announced it was planning to set up “air bridges” with a number of European nations. This would allow travel between selected countries (including Spain) with no need for quarantine at each side of the journey.

On the Spanish side of the equation, the country’s strict three-month “state of emergency” has now ended. During the peak of the pandemic in Europe, Spain enforced some of the toughest lockdown regulations on the continent. Now, the country has reopened to visitors from EU and Europe’s Schengen zone, who will not be required to quarantine on arrival.

Some visitors from outside Europe are expected to be allowed to return to Spain without quarantine. Spain, however, remains cautious regarding visitors from high-infection countries, including the US, Russia and some South American nations.

COVID-19 Regulations in Torrevieja

If you do spend time in Torrevieja this summer, things may be a little different. The Spanish government has put together extensive guidance for the tourist industry, designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The guidance covers everything from golf courses to nightlife, ensuring that residents and locals alike can enjoy the summer as safely as possible.

The changes will be noticeable when you arrive in Spain, but you should be able to enjoy your stay to the full. New arrivals will have their temperature checked at the airport. You will also be asked whether you have had coronavirus and you will be required to provide contact details.

In Torrevieja, social distancing measures will remain in place (as in the rest of the country). People from separate households must stay 1.5 metres apart, and masks must be worn both in shops and on public transport. However, many bars and restaurants in the town are now returning to normal (with extra precautions in place). So, too, is Torrevieja’s hospital, which is now back to its normal pre-COVID-19 schedule of non-urgent treatments.

The beaches of Torrevieja are open once again – however, with a few changes. As of 22nd June 2020, bathers were only allowed on the beach between 8.30am and 8.30pm. Failure to observe opening hours or social distancing rules could result in a fine. To help protect Torrevieja’s beaches and beach-lovers, an extra 30 “beach helpers” will also join the area’s existing lifeguards, all to help keep people safe while they soak up the much-needed sun, sand and sea.

Explore Torrevieja this summer. Rent a self-catered apartment on Torrevieja’s beautiful Playa de Los Locos today.

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Author: Holly

Holly was one of LosLocosBeach.com's resident writers, having posted on our blog about Torrevieja and the surrouding Costa Blanca area from 2016 to 2021 (and a one-off in 2022).

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