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COVID Spain Announces State of Alarm until May 2021

lindam

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, VDLP, Invierno, Portuguese, Madrid, Ingles, Fisterra, Muxia, Catalan/Aragones/Loyola Norte
Spain has announced a new state of alarm until May 2021. See some details here: https://english.elpais.com/society/...with-plans-to-keep-it-in-place-until-may.html. The article emphases that it will be up to the autonomous communities within Spain to develop their own regulations outside of those mandated at a national level. It will not include border closures or restrictions on travel outside of established curfew times (note that curfew times also vary between autonomous communities). Obviously, this new set of developments is to be taken into account for anyone contemplating a Camino in the coming months.
 

Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
To Santiago and back (roads & paths; Tours; Francés; sea; roads & paths)
@lindam, thank you for posting this link to an El Pais article that has already been translated into English and is very readable. It explains the situation around this recent "State of Alarm" declared by the Spanish government and its purpose quite well. I implore people to read it before they comment and not just comment on the basis of the title of this thread. My hope springs eternal ... 😇.
 

Paul Wilson

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese April 2019
Frances May 2021
This seems to make great sense to me and I must admit a little selfishly I’m very hopeful, I’m due to leave Scotland on the 12th May for SJPdP so it looks like my Camino Frances that I’ve been planning for the last 5yrs should be good to go although my Portuguese this year was cancelled but that can wait for another time. Buen Camino
 

mmmmartin

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santander-SdC bici '14
Plata bici '17
1/2 Plata bici '18
Frances a pie '18
(Porto a pie '19)
At first glance it would seem to leave Caminos unaffected: the curfew unlikely to affect pilgrims, no restrict on crossing county borders unless local government brings it in, etc.
 

Charlotte Helbig

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés Sept. 2017
Camino Portugués May-June 2019
@lindam, thank you for posting this link to an El Pais article that has already been translated into English and is very readable. It explains the situation around this recent "State of Alarm" declared by the Spanish government and its purpose quite well. I implore people to read it before they comment and not just comment on the basis of the title of this thread. My hope springs eternal ... 😇.
Mine too!
 

jefferyonthecamino

http://www.barrerabooks.com/ - Guidebooks
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (1994) & (2013 - 2019)
Portugués (2015 - 2019)
de Madrid (2019)
Argentino/Inglés (2020)
At first glance it would seem to leave Caminos unaffected: the curfew unlikely to affect pilgrims, no restrict on crossing county borders unless local government brings it in, etc.
The Autonomous Regions of Navarra and La Rioja are officially confined, you cannot enter or leave. Aragon too (today or tomorrow). Castilla y León is also considering confining the whole Autonomous Region but no decision taken yet.

I would say walking the French Way from France is fairly affected.
 

biarritzdon

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
At first glance it would seem to leave Caminos unaffected: the curfew unlikely to affect pilgrims, no restrict on crossing county borders unless local government brings it in, etc.
I think you will find that you are going to be sadly mistaken.
 
Camino(s) past & future
October 2020
We were hoping to do the camino in March/April. It does not look likely that this will happen with the State of Alarm until May 2021. Hopefully, AA will change our tickets. Finger crossed things improve in Spain. I have family there as well. Everyone stay safe.
 

Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
To Santiago and back (roads & paths; Tours; Francés; sea; roads & paths)
At first glance it would seem to leave Caminos unaffected: the curfew unlikely to affect pilgrims, no restrict on crossing county borders unless local government brings it in, etc.
@mmmmartin, I think you are mistaken as people are already thinking about cancelling their trips for next spring ... 😉:rolleyes:
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF Sep/Oct 2015
C Primitivo Sep / Oct 2016
Portugese Sep/Oct 2017
VdlP, Muxia 2018
It is probably wise for Spain to put the order in place for 6-7 months with the flexibility included. The rise in infection is very worrying and there is no point in blaming any section of society. Unfortunately it seems very uncertain times for planning any trips within the State of Alarm period. Stay safe everyone and pray for better times
 

Reggitano52

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
Spain has announced a new state of alarm until May 2021. See some details here: https://english.elpais.com/society/...with-plans-to-keep-it-in-place-until-may.html. The article emphases that it will be up to the autonomous communities within Spain to develop their own regulations outside of those mandated at a national level. It will not include border closures or restrictions on travel outside of established curfew times (note that curfew times also vary between autonomous communities). Obviously, this new set of developments is to be taken into account for anyone contemplating a Camino in the coming months.
Hi everyone. I hope you are all staying safe. I was to have gone on the Camino this past May and now am scheduled to go in May 2021 . I am hoping to walk the full Camino Frances.
However, from what I’m reading here it doesn’t sound very promising. Like everyone one else I’m hoping that we will be getting some positive news in early 2021 regarding travel to the Camino.
Thank you for all your updates.
Take care one and all.
Angelo
 

Lexicos

Jim
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
2017
Camino Portuguese 2019
I personally wouldn't be making any plans, not for a while. Not until there is definite and positive news about a vaccine and equally positive news about its distribution and availability in Spain and elsewhere. All else is equal to taking a stab in the dark. Sit tight. Wait. Be patient.
 

henrythedog

Loved and fed by David
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
My plans are now certain.

It’s the Sanabres - but only from Ourense, carrying on to the Finisterre and Muxia circuit.

the only missing detail, is when!

Keep planning, but stay flexible. This, too, will pass
 

murraydv

Via de la Plata / Sanabres / Camino de Levante
Camino(s) past & future
Completed Via de la Plata (2018).
Started Camino de Levante (2019).
I am still going to do the Norte in April whatever state we are in and will pack a tent.
If autonomous regions put in local prohibition on crossing county borders, then packing a tent doesn't get round that rule. If regions don't want people entering and leaving territories, it is for good reason, the protection of the lives of their communities, including those who look after us on the Camino. I think we peregrines owe them the respect that these restrictions deserve.
 

Lexicos

Jim
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
2017
Camino Portuguese 2019
'tis a cool day. 'tis a grey day. There's a slight breeze.
The pommegranites are bigger and redder, the flowers are taller and brighter, you and I are one year older. The roof of the shed is rustier. The Winter is closer and Europe is further and father than Eva B4. The clothes on the ------- are drier. The rats in Greg's house a fatta, my coughy tastes betta because I made it sweeta. The red easter eggs are darker and we're lonelier than we waz this time last year and the year B4 and sew on to the power of 10 exactement. 'tis a pity, 'tis a sham, 'tis a krime, 'tis an awful waste of TIME. Thee lemon tree's taller. The roses are fuller. The hungry birds are boulder. The world has been turned up-side-down by corona and I'm weaker than I waz yesterday but, but, I remain optimistic that things will change!
I remain hopeful, hopefool, hope-full.

Amen.

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Hang in there!
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