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Days out in Valencia: the lock down lifts a bit

The Spanish government began allowing some outdoor activity as of May 2.   It is divided by age group and you can still only get close to people you live with.  Necessary activities are still subject to physical distances.  You must stay withing one kilometer of your house. We will still have to rely on the internet to “share” drinks and meals.

Spain is still showing an increase in cases, just above 1% so they will be checking the statistics before further relaxation.

On our 5th floor terrace, Peg reads. On the other hand, I must work!

Valencia is not in a danger zone so air travel is permitted within the EU without any health certificate (which I believe is just a questionnaire anyway).  But try to get a flight and see how that goes.  We have had 5 to the Netherlands canceled.    You can not get a train or bus ticket out of the country.  We might be able to fly from Madrid but are not 100% certain we will be allowed to board the train out of Valencia.  We normally give up our apartment to live on the boat in summer, probably not an urgent matter, as is required.  On the other hand, they would be getting rid of us so why not let us cease to be potential patients and just let us through? We do not know where to turn for advice on the matter.

Food supplies and essential services have been well managed in general, as near as one can tell, for which we are thankful.

By Gary Kirkpatrick

Artist and travel blogger.

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