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It's a small beginning, but hopefully, the Spanish economy will be able to slowly regain its footing.
Hi all,
I live in Spain and all my family in the USA keep asking me about Spain easing up restrictions and this is not quite the truth. We are in week 5 of what for now is a 6 week state of emergency Weeks 3-4 the economy was put in 'hibernation' this took advantage of the Easter week holidays of Thursday and Friday thus only applying to 8 work days, only essential workers could go to work. The only change today was a return to the first two weeks. We are still only allowed out for food or pharmacy. Still no exercise..... The only big sector I can see that was affected by the 'hibernation' was construction, and now with the return there are new restrictions on where they can work, the best source for info is a Spanish newspaper.
Buen Camino,
MaryEllen
 
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Hi all,
I live in Spain and all my family in the USA keep asking me about Spain easing up restrictions and this is not quite the truth. We are in week 5 of what for now is a 6 week state of emergency Weeks 3-4 the economy was put in 'hibernation' this took advantage of the Easter week holidays of Thursday and Friday thus only applying to 8 work days, only essential workers could go to work. The only change today was a return to the first two weeks. We are still only allowed out for food or pharmacy. Still no exercise..... The only big sector I can see that was affected by the 'hibernation' was construction, and now with the return there are new restrictions on where they can work, the best source for info is a Spanish newspaper.
Buen Camino,
MaryEllen

That is the reason why I posted the link to the story, so that the limits to the easing of restrictions is accurately portrayed. No one should be stating that there is a general lifting or easing of overall restrictions.
 
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Hi all,
I live in Spain and all my family in the USA keep asking me about Spain easing up restrictions and this is not quite the truth. We are in week 5 of what for now is a 6 week state of emergency Weeks 3-4 the economy was put in 'hibernation' this took advantage of the Easter week holidays of Thursday and Friday thus only applying to 8 work days, only essential workers could go to work. The only change today was a return to the first two weeks. We are still only allowed out for food or pharmacy. Still no exercise..... The only big sector I can see that was affected by the 'hibernation' was construction, and now with the return there are new restrictions on where they can work, the best source for info is a Spanish newspaper.
Buen Camino,
MaryEllen

Thank you MaryAnn for this clarification. I also live in Spain (on the Camino) and have family members in The Netherlands asking me the same thing.

Absolutely nothing has changed for most of us! I even had a friend (not a Camino person) ask me if I have guests:eek:, not knowing that it's been a month since albergues (and other accommodations), bars, restaurants and stores had to close.

It will be quite sometime before a new "normal" is established and I'm not even talking about the Camino.
 

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I think that we have to keep in mind that the baselines are very different in each country. Spain has “eased restrictions” to allow construction workers to go to work, but in my state, though we have a shelter in place order, construction workers have always been allowed to go to work. I don’t think there is any universally accepted definition of “stay at home,” “shelter in place,” or “lockdown”, so it’s important to focus on each individual country (or in my case, each individual state) and what their orders are.
 

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Hi all,
I live in Spain and all my family in the USA keep asking me about Spain easing up restrictions and this is not quite the truth. We are in week 5 of what for now is a 6 week state of emergency Weeks 3-4 the economy was put in 'hibernation' this took advantage of the Easter week holidays of Thursday and Friday thus only applying to 8 work days, only essential workers could go to work. The only change today was a return to the first two weeks. We are still only allowed out for food or pharmacy. Still no exercise..... The only big sector I can see that was affected by the 'hibernation' was construction, and now with the return there are new restrictions on where they can work, the best source for info is a Spanish newspaper.
Buen Camino,
MaryEllen
Based on what my girlfriend in Cadiz is saying, I agree w you maryellen
 
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It’s an unfortunate truth that Spain will be lucky to be out of the woods by the end of a year. Destructive as it is, the aftermath will be no less restrictive than now. My personal prediction is yet another year before the Camino is reinstated. Anyone caring for their health will do well to be very cautious, regardless of how the optimists say we’re all good to go. If you give it some serious thought, you can only come to the same conclusion I did.......nothing this serious or virulent disappears that quickly. Do not believe The propaganda coming out of China, they are far from being out of the woods yet.
 
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I think that we have to keep in mind that the baselines are very different in each country. Spain has “eased restrictions” to allow construction workers to go to work, but in my state, though we have a shelter in place order, construction workers have always been allowed to go to work. I don’t think there is any universally accepted definition of “stay at home,” “shelter in place,” or “lockdown”, so it’s important to focus on each individual country (or in my case, each individual state) and what their orders are.
Oxford University has collected data and published a Corona virus government response intensity tracker that allows a level of comparison between different countries (but not different USA states). The tracker is available here: https://www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/research/research-projects/coronavirus-government-response-tracker

They also show some maps coloured by broad ranges of intensity so that it is easier to pick out countries and compare them. Sweden shows up as the least intense European country (as expected), the USA and Australia show up as more intense than Sweden but less intense than most European countries, which show up as the most intense.

Of course, there are differences between countries that don't show up at this broad scale with NZ (and some others) showing as 100 on the 0 to 100 scale.
 

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The American Pilgrims on the Camino website has a page: COVID-19 - What you should know. Relative to the subject of this thread, I would stress going to official and reliable sources in Spain. That page has a link to the English language edition of El País but this is it: https://english.elpais.com. The lead article, dated April 18th, contains this paragraph:

Among the changes to the current conditions announced by the prime minister today were opportunities for children to leave the home under controlled circumstances from April 27. He also said that he would seek approval in Congress to extend the current state of alarm – which was first implemented on March 14 – to May 9, and that from May 11, there would be a “cautious and progressive” deescalation of confinement measures.
 

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