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Nerja residents urged to stay home by town hall amid coronavirus crisis

View of Nerja - file photo.
View of Nerja - file photo. / SUR
  • The Foreigners Department has warned residents and tourists who continue go for walks and to the beach that they will be stopped by police

The Foreign Residents Department in Nerja has sent out a reminder to residents and tourists who are apparently still unaware of the restrictions of movement imposed in Spain following last weekend's declaration of a State of Alarm.

The decree obliges all residents to stay at home unless they have to go out for very specific reasons to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

"Many tourists and foreigners are going to the Balcón de Europa, to the beaches and parks, walking around the town, jogging or doing sport activities. This is not permitted and the Police are stopping and telling them to stay at home," said the Department in a statement on Wednesday.

Residents are also reminded that gatherings are not permitted and that all bars, restaurants, shops, offices and other businesses are closed to the public, throughout Spain.

The only places still open are those providing basic essentials, such as supermarkets and grocery stores, greengrocers, bakeries, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations, laundrettes and tobacconists.

People should go individually to these shops, warns the statement, adding that exceptions will be made if a child or invalid cannot be left alone.

Some establishments are limiting the number people inside the premises at any one time.

Apart from shopping for essentials, residents are also permitted to be in the street if they are going to work, although employees are encouraged to work from home wherever possible.

Dogs can be taken out but only for the minimum time necessary and a short distance.

Restaurants can continue to run home delivery services.

General advice includes regular hand-washing and keeping at least 1.5 metres from another person, especially in queues.