Since 14th March, our world has changed dramatically. The infiltration of the Coronavirus, scientifically known as COVID-19, has caused the most unimaginable disruption to our daily lives, bringing with it death and destruction emotionally and economically.  We have found ourselves in the hands of our leaders, who had to act swiftly and coordinate at local, regional, national and global level the most restrictive measures of safety, which we all got to know as ‘lockdown’.

Wishing and praying for a speedy improvement and a safe return to normality, I conclude this article with a message from our Mayor, issued by the Town Hall on 13th April.

A Message From Our Mayor, Gaspar Miras Lorente

As Mayor of Mazarrón, I wish to extend a message of encouragement and strength to the residents of Camposol, to the British residents and all the foreign residents in our municipality who are living through this extremely difficult pandemic situation.

From the Town Hall of Mazarrón we are working in close partnership with all other Administrations, with the Regional Authority and Government Delegation, to ensure that all protective and preventative measures are activated in order to stop the advancement of the Coronavirus.

The Civil Protection, the Local Police and the Guardia Civil are working to ensure everybody’s safety undertaking daily checks and controls to implement the rules of the Lock-Down. According to the information provided, many fines have been imposed for failing to abide by the travel restrictions, but the majority of the population are complying with the rules imposed. This is fundamental to prevent further contamination and to begin to achieve positive results in the hope that this nightmare will soon end.

In the Municipality of Mazarrón we have, to date, 17 positive cases of COVID-19, of which 9 have been discharged from hospital.

The prevention and cleaning of public areas is essential, therefore the Services Department of the Town Hall, in cooperation with the Military Emergency Unit and the Regional Forest Fires Defence Unit, regularly disinfect the Commercial Centres and other areas used by people.

On Sunday 12th April, Mazarrón received 6,000 masks from the Spanish Government, via the Regional Government Delegation, destined for the workforce returning to work on Monday 13th April. These have been distributed by the Local Police, the Civil Protection and the Guardia Civil at various points throughout the municipality such as access points to Commercial and Industrial perimeters.

I wish to thank you all, most sincerely, for your cooperation in the endeavour to stop this epidemic. I acknowledge with pride the efforts of the whole Municipality to stay at home and abide by the restrictions imposed. We are still weeks away from normality, but I beg you to continue in your efforts which save lives and in doing so we will overcome this difficult situation, united and stronger than ever.