Spring is in the air… but so is COVID, unfortunately! Although the vaccination programme is well established and the number of people getting the prescribed two doses of the vaccine is gradually increasing in Spain, it may be a long time yet before life returns to normal.

The message of ‘total compliance with the restrictions’ may not be necessary for the readers of the Costa Cálida Chronicle, as most people are already doing so, but PLEASE do not be afraid of reporting those irresponsible and selfish individuals who believe it’s macho to put the lives of other human beings at risk. If you witness any non-compliance behaviour, PLEASE report it to 112. Each call is recorded and the services will respond within the limit of their horrendously overstretched resources.

Help is also at hand for people who have made Spain their permanent home, but are unsure on the new – and often bewildering – BREXIT rules and regulations. It is important, however, to know which benefits and rights are retained, or how they can be obtained.

Up-to-date information can be found on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/transition and also on the website of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office https://www.gov.uk/fcdo where guidance and advice is offered on issues such as healthcare, work and study, among others.

Let’s not forget our pets’ need to enjoy a bit of fun and freedom! They can have a good run at any one of the three dog-friendly beaches in the municipality – Playa de Las Cobaticas, Playa de Las Moreras and Playa de El Gachero – where the only rules are for their owner to abide by the code Camposol
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for children and young (or not so young) people who are looking forward to using our brand new ‘childrens’ play area’ in Camposol A and the ‘football pitch’ in Camposol D. At the time of going to press, both installations remain closed to the public in view of COVID restrictions, but the dreaded ‘No Entry’ blue police ribbons will be taken away as soon as it is safe to do so.

The last message on this article relates to a new leaflet recently published by the Council, which relates to the obligations of both the Council and the citizens, with regards to dealing with rats, cockroaches, wasps, mosquito etc. The leaflet is called ‘Recommendations for Pest Control’ and it is available from various outlets or at the Social Centre, Camposol B, when open (generally on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, COVID permitting). Spring and summer are not far away and it is advisable to be prepared to deal with these unwelcome visitors as soon as possible.

As always, Silvana, your Councillor, is available to offer information and advice on silvanaeb@mazarron.es