Calpe Notices: from the AFPO President
Residency: the latest from the British Embassy
3rd September 2020
We are aware that there are a lot of rumours and confusing information going round about the new residency card (TIE) and also that some of you have questions following your residency appointment. We will be posting some videos taking you through the process of applying and also holding a further Facebook Live Q&A for you to ask questions in the next few weeks. But in the meantime you may find it helpful to refer to the official instructions provided by the Spanish Government, which set out the process for issuing the new card to UK nationals who are protected by the Withdrawal Agreement. Links are here to the instructions in both English and Spanish:
Whilst the instructions are not written in the most user-friendly language they do provide clarity on a number of important issues, such as whether it is obligatory to exchange your green certificate (it's not) and the rules around the issuing of a 10-year TIE.
Pay and Display parking
28th July 2020
🔸You can now apply for the Resident's Card for the Pay and Display parking,which allows parking for residents at a reduced rate. You must apply for an appointment through www.oracalp.es
The documentation required is:
🔸Photocopies of your DNI or Residencia and Passport.
🔸Photocopy of your Driving Licence.
🔸The original or a photocopy of the last local SUMA vehicle tax payment.
🔸A Certificate of Empadronamiento(Volante) dated no more than ten days arlier.
➡️You may attach the documents on-line with your request for an appointment in order to speed up the paperwork, or present them in the office, the day you have your appointment. The offices are to be found at number 3 Avd. Masnou. In order to obtain a card, you must reserve your appointment beforehand.
The Auxiliary Health Centre
1st July 2020
The Auxiliary Health Centre, at la Fossa on Avenida Juan Carlos 1, 3, went into service yesterday. It is obligatory to wear face masks, on entering the Centre.
Remember that anyone suffering from COVID-19 symptoms should go to the Town Health Centre, or call 96 687 04 51.
25th June 2020
The first personnel to control Calpe's beaches started working yesterday, the 24th. 15 people from Calpe, contracted by the concessionaire of the life-saving service, will be at work for the next three months. They will ensure that the regulations to prevent overcrowding of the beaches and maintain secure distancing are complied with.
24th June 2020
From the 1st of July the Calpe Town Hall Citizens’ Attention Office (OAC) will attend personally, from 8:30AM to 2:00PM, those people who have made a previous appointment. Appointments can be made through the website www.calp.es.
Face masks are still obligatory
23rd June 2020
The wearing of Face Masks is State Law. The Calpe Local Police will fine all those people who do not wear a face mask in public places, where 1.5 metre Social Distancing cannot be guaranteed — whether in open air or closed spaces.
The fines will be up tp 100 euros.
The exceptions are those found in the order: La Orden SND/422/2020, 19 de mayo https://www.boe.es/buscar/doc.php?id=BOE-A-2020-5142
!! REMEMBER: The virus affects all of u !!
Notice from town hall about the “Blue Zone”
23rd June 2020
This week should have seen the signing of the contract with a new concessionaire for the Blue Zone Parking. As it happens, one of the companies that applied for the contract has presented an appeal; this application will prolong the administrative process. For this reason, which is beyond the control of the Town Hall, it is still not possible to give a definite date for the restart of Blue Zone Parking.
The New Normality
21st June 2020
These are the measures of prevention for Covid-19, published today, in the DOGV, that will be applied to the “New Normality” in the Valencian Community.
➡️ This will become law on the 21/06/20, and continue until the end of the Pandemic.
➡️ Social distancing of 1.5 metres will be established.
➡️ No more than one person to occupy a lift.
➡️ No more than one person to occupy changing rooms, and those for trying on clothes.
➡️ Use of face masks in closed and open public areas, where social distancing is not possible.
➡️ Places of religion: 75 % of the area is allowed to be used. Use of face masks on entry and leaving, use of holy water is prohibited, choirs not allowed to sing. The use of the. public thoroughfare, and the outside of the church, for celebrations is prohibited. Social distancing.
➡️ A maximum of 50 people at a wake in the open air, and 25 in a closed area, with social distancing.
➡️ A maximum of 50 people at funerals or cremations. Social distancing.
➡️ Weddings can be in 75% of the capacity of the area, with social distancing.
➡️ Activities for infants and leisure time: use of 75% of the capacity with a maximum of 250 people in the open air and, and 100 in closed areas, in groups of no more than 15 people.
➡️ Local shops: use of 75% of the capacity, with a preferencial service for over 65 year olds. With social distancing.
➡️ Markets: 75% of the capacity to be used, with social distancing.
➡️Commercial Centres: 60 % of the communal areas, and 75% of the area of the establishments.
➡️ Restaurants: 75% of the capacity of the establishment can be used with 2 metres distance between tables. 100% use of the area of terraces with 2 metres distance between tables and groups no larger than 15 people.
➡️ Night time leisure activity: no more than a third of the area to be used. Dance floors are not allowed to be used.
➡️ Hotels: 75% of the communal areas can be used. Activities of animation in groups of no more than 30 people.
➡️ 75 %of the capacity of Libraries and Museums can be used, with social distancing.
➡️ Monuments: 75% of the area can be used, with guided tours of no more than 20 people in a group.
➡️ Cinemas and theatres: 75% of the capacity, with distance socialing of 1.5 metres, apart from people from the same household.
➡️Bull rings: 75% of the capacity, with no more than 800 people.
➡️ Sports Installations: a maximum area of 1 person/4mt2, with groups of a maximum 30 people in the open air and 20 in closed areas.
➡️ Sports Swimming Pools: a maximum of 1 person/4mt2, with groups of a maximum of 10 people.
➡️ Nature activities in the open air: in groups of a maximum of 30 people.
➡️ Recreative Tourist Attractions: 75% of the capacity, with social distancing.
➡️ Fair attractions: 50% capacity, with social distancing.
➡️ Conferences and meetings: 75% capacity of the area, with social distancing.
➡️ Gaming rooms: 75% of the capacity, with social distancing.
➡️ Recreative swimming pools: 75% use of the capacity using pre booking, if it is not possible to control the area.
➡️ Recreational sailing: 75% of the capacity of the boat, in case of people from the same household, 100%, with a maximum of 15 people. Only one person per ski jet, apart from people from the same household.
➡️ All Civil Servants can return to work.
➡️ Service of personal attention: 75% capacity of the area with a pre booked appointments.
➡️ Meetings between work centres, by video conference.
➡️ Substitution of journeys for work with video conferences.
Downloadable PDF (in Valencian and Castilian Spanish): https://www.dogv.gva.es/datos/2020/06/20/pdf/2020_4770.pdf
Calpe is entering Phase 3
15th June 2020
What we are now allowed to do
✅ Go out to exercise whenever we want. There are no longer any time slots.
✅ Meet together in groups of up to 20 people.
✅ Practice sport in groups of up to 20 people. Without physical contact, and without using more than 50% of the area if enclosed.
✅ Tourism activities and nature outings, in groups of up to 30 people.
✅ Sit on a terrace with 100% of the area allowed to be in use.
✅ Consumption on the inside of hotel and catering establishments. 50% of the area to be used. Consumption at the bar is also allowed.
✅ Commercial establishments can open up to 50% of their area.
✅ Commercial Parks and Centres can open up without limitations on area.
✅ Markets can mount up to 50% of their stalls.
✅ Go to the cinema, theatre and auditorium — with an assigned seat.
REMEMBER... we still have to maintain social distancing of 2 metres, and it is still obligatory to wear face masks.
Freedom of movement
🚗 We will be able to move around the Valencian Community.
⏰ The time slots for exercising are cancelled. We can exercise whenever we like.
👯 We will be able to meet in groups of up to 20 people, so long as we continue to respect the measures of security and hygiene.
The hospitality sector
➡️ Hotels and catering establishments must limit consumption inside their establishments to the use of 75% of their tables.
➡️ Consumption at bars is permitted, with social distancing.
➡️ 100% of terraces can now be occupied, with groups of up to 20 people.
➡️ Discotheques and late night bars can reopen, using up to 50% of their area, including the dance floor. (No dancing will be allowed.)
Please note the following
3rd June 2020
You can apply for face masks from the Calpe Town Hall. Only by WhatsApp, on the number 673 244 688 until the 5th of June.
Everyone registered on the Padrón in Calpe can reques these face masks. (Exceptions are those who received some from the Generalitat)
Those people who received a call to pick up their face masks, and could not do so, can go to the Casa de Cultura to pick them up, from 18:00 to 20:30. You must show your original message from the Town Hall.
Leaving home and returning
Outside the house:
- Try not to touch surfaces, if you do, wash your hands with soap and water.
- Cleaning your hands frequently is more effective than wearing gloves.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
- Maintain Social Distancing of 2 metres.
- The use of facemasks is obligatory in all public spaces, open or closed, when it is not possible to maintain a 2 metre distance.
- If you use your car, clean it frequently, above all the surfaces you touch.
- Remove your shoes and leave them outside the door.
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Leave the objects you do not need inside the house, such as keys and wallet, near the front door.
- Clean all objects you have used outside (such as mobiles or glasses) using a disposable tissue and alcohol solution, or soap and water.
- Do not keep wearing your clothes, but wash them in the hottest wash possible.
Driving lience exchange — update
From 1st June, many Spanish regions have entered Phase 2 or above of the COVID-19 de-escalation plan. This brings further easing of confinement measures and the re-opening of some administrative procedures across the country including the National Traffic Authority (DGT - Jefaturas Provinciales y Locales de Tráfico).
This is good news for the many of you who initiated the process to exchange your UK driving licence for a Spanish one and who had their appointment cancelled due to the State of Emergency, and to others looking to start this process (http://www.dgt.es/./union-europ./DGT-y-el-Brexit/index.shtml) before the end of the Transition period on December 31 2020. Remember that you will be able to exchange your UK licence for a Spanish one until the end of the year without taking a test, so we encourage you to do this as soon as you are able to.
Regional DGT Offices will be running by appointment only so whether you're starting the process for the first time or suffered a cancellation, you should book a new appointment online (https://sedeclave.dgt.gob.es/WEB_NCIT_C./solicitarCita.faces) or from 8 June, by calling 060. Please note that travel between provinces is not yet permitted, so you can only request an appointment in the province where you live until further notice.
When making an appointment online you have various options to choose from: if your licence has expired or is due to expire in the next few months, you should choose 'renovación'; if you have lost your licence or it's been stolen you should choose 'sustitución'; for all other instances choose 'canje'.
For a list of those Phase 2 regions where the DGT regional office has re-opened please see https://sede.dgt.gob.es/./otros-tram./cita-previa-jefaturas/. Offices may not all open at the same time, so you may need to try a few times before your nearest office opens and an appointment becomes available. DGT offices in regions in phase 1 remain closed.
For further information on driving in Spain and COVID-19 measures, the DGT offers a series of FAQs on COVID-19 measures at http://www.dgt.es/es/covid-19/ (click on the 'Preguntas frecuentes' tab - for information in English, click on the Google translate button at the top right of the page) or call 060 for specialist advice on all DGT procedures from Monday to Friday from 9:00AM - 6:00PM.
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Personal Health Check
If you have any of these symptoms:
- Sore throat,
- dry persistent cough
call Valencian Community medical attention centre for coronavirus (they speak English) on 900 300 555
Other health issues?
If you come within these categories:
- over 60 years of age
or if you have any of the following health problems:
- Cardio-vascular illness
- Chronic lung illness
- Immune deficiencies
you can call 900 322 236, and they will deliver your medicine to your home.
The Health Service
All prescriptions for on going health problems will be automatically renewed by the Health Authorities.
All monthly blood tests will continue. All regular visits by a nurse from the Health Centre will continue.
If you wish to make an appointment to see your doctor do not go to the Centro de Salud, you must call one of these numbers:
- For an appointment: 96 687 0450 (The Doctor may give you a consultation over the phone and arrange a prescription for you to collect at your chemist, just using your SIP Card.)
- Emergencies: 96 687 0451
- Psychological problems: 663 212 521
- General Consultation: 900 362 236
At the moment you must not go to the Mariana Salud Denia Hospital unless you receive a phone call from them.
There are phone numbers you can call to enquire about your appointment:
- 96 642 9167 and 96 642 9047.
- X-Ray results (Radiodiagnostica): 96 642 9343
- Surgery (Cirugía): 96 642 9106
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