Coping with confinement

Cath John and her family.
Cath John and her family.
  • SUR in English asked residents from different professional backgrounds how they were coping during the coronavirus crisis

The current lockdown enforced by the Spanish government in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus has left almost the entire population confined to their homes. Many believe that the isolation period will definitely be extended and they are showing concern about the financial implications this will create.

SUR in English asked residents from different professional backgrounds how they were coping with the lockdown, and what they are doing to pass the time.

“There are six in our house and we are routinely organised”

Cath John Bar Owner

Bar owner Cath John has had plenty of time on her hands since the lockdown came into effect this week, although she has had no problem finding things to do at home.

“There are six of us in our house and we are routinely organised. The biggest problem is boredom, so we have movie times and play board games. My four children have adapted quite well and every day at 3pm we are doing a fitness video on Facebook to relieve the boredom of people who are stuck indoors. We also arranged some special dancing on St Patricks Day for the Irish community.

“The first thing I’ll do when its over is go to give my mam and dad a big hug.”

Maryn Gerrits.

Maryn Gerrits.

“It's a difficult situation for everyone; all of us are affected”

Maryn Gerrits Hotelier

Hotelier Maryn Gerrits, who says he is “not too worried” about catching the coronavirus, has been enjoying a little time with his children since the hotel he manages closed its doors, but he is worried about the effect of a possible extended lockdown.

“I try to work from home more, but it is a little harder to concentrate. On the upside, I get to spend more time with my kids, so that’s a bonus.

“However, the fact that no one can predict how long the situation will last is very worrying. I sincerely hope this will not last more than two weeks, although, unfortunately, all the signs are there to assume otherwise. It’s a very difficult situation for everyone; all of us are affected greatly.”

“The lockdown will certainly last well over the initial two weeks”

Johnny Gates.

Johnny Gates.

Johnny Gates Photographer

Professional photographer Johnny Gates believes the lockdown is necessary to combat the coronavirus disease and he is using the unscheduled free-time to extend his knowledge and catch up with some chores around the house.

“I think the Spanish government was correct to enforce the state of alarm, and so I am not going out at all. I am not overly concerned with catching the virus because I’m in complete isolation. I will get to finish a lot of work around the finca and I will get to learn some new skills on the internet.”

“It will be a disaster for my businesses, because the lockdown will certainly last well over the initial two weeks.”

Martyn Wood.

Martyn Wood.

“I suppose I'm concerned about contracting the coronavirus”

Martyn Wood Promoter

Concert promoter Martyn Wood initiated self-imposed lockdown on Friday through fear of contacting the coronavirus. He is worried that the crisis will be disastrous for the economy.

“I suppose I am concerned about contracting the virus. I think that some people are more susceptible to catch viruses than others. I have had many during my life, so there is a fair chance I may get this. I recovered from all the others, so I am assuming that, if I do contract it, I will recover.

I think the lockdown will last for more than two weeks, and think it needs to, although I hope no more than four, as that would be almost unsustainable for the economy and the public cooperation.”

“It's early days yet, but the lockdown has not been difficult”

Martin Hope Musician

Martin Hope.

Martin Hope.

Punk rocker Martin Hope is getting used to the confinement, even thought he was sceptical at first. He is using the time to chill out, although he is keen to get back on the road with his band.

“It's early days yet, but the lockdown has not been difficult. If a short-term containment of people contains an overwhelming epidemic, then so be it. Part of me feels some of the statistics are questionable, but there is obviously a problem and a fear globally.

“I have a number of overseas gigs coming up over the next few months, but I just have no idea if they are still going to go ahead. I can’t wait to get back into the studio when it’s over, although I’ll probably make a trip to the pub first.”