Interesting read are the Germans really going to Portugal when they have the best healthcare and survival rate ...
last weekend as the lockdown was imminent we nipped down and over the border at Ayamonte for gas there were almost equal numbers heading into spain going home & going the other way taking refuge in portugal,
Sounds like Portugal will be like Spain. As soon as everyone started leaving the Capital heading for their holiday homes and campsites they took the virus with them. Won't be long before it gets going there as well with all those people living on campsites. Only takes one person to not wash his hands.
There was something on the Spanish new today about all visitors to Spain and Portugal to live and head for there own country .
The UK government are saying this too but it seems particularly aimed at air travellers, short term tourists and holidaymakers. It's not specific about people with second homes. Motorhomes wildcamping could be deemed to be short term?
How is driving 1500 miles "essential travel". I will be on the Zeebrugge ferry to Hull tonight, but feel it would be less of a risk if I had been able to stay in a safe place in Portugal.
I think that the advice to get home and stay home is good. This could be the situation for many months and whilst the journey home has risks these are cancelled out by the lower risks in a permanent home compared to a campervan which inevitably needs regular attention in such things as water top up and waste emptying.
Also means that the local government don't have to deal with foreigners who cannot speak the language and insist on moving about. Must be hell for a Doctor trying to treat someone who doesn't understand. I know how difficult it was with the Spanish Hospital when I burnt my foot. Loads of typing with google translate took ages.
As far as I understand the Portuguese authorities told all the MH to leave 2 days ago and in 3 days they will be closing all MH facilities, aires, campsites and car
Campsites and motorhome parks
On 22 March the Portuguese government announced the closure of all campsites and motorhome parks to tourists and visitors, setting a deadline of five working days (i.e. Friday 27 March) for their closure. Permanent residents of campsites and motorhome parks are not affected by this decision and can stay at their permanent campsite or motorhome park.
So they all moved from Spain to Portugal, why didn't they just go home. What is wrong with these people, don't they understand how bad the situation is. Moving around from country to country is just spreading the virus. Anyone who is coming back to the Uk should self isolate for 14 days. They have no idea if they are carrying the virus or not. You can have no symptoms and still infect others.
Took the dog down to the park yesterday and we must have taken a very large magnet as well. Every which way we walked it seemed like people were heading towards us. Watched one old guy walking towards a couple evidently to have a chat. The guy had to tell the old guy twice to stay away.
Just been to the park with the dog. Group of six young men and one woman standing in a group talking while their dogs were chasing each other. They then split up and wandered off. Makes you wonder if these people ever listen to the news or don't they think restrictions apply to them.
I think our situation is completely different from people living in their motorhomes. We can stay in our house here for several more months and not put anyone else or ourselves at risk by driving through other countries. The GNR and local council all aware and in agreement.
I'm contentedly looking out of the Hymer window, at a hazy sea-mist over the Gibraltar Straits.
temperature is forecast between 14-18 c. for the day.
The campsite that I'm on has evicted a few tent dwellers and closed the gates.
Police have taken a print out of residents who are remaining.
Site owner is confident that none remaining will be evicted.
There are around 20 vans & caravans here a few Brit couples and lots of Germans.
Nobody appears worried or anxious,
I can't see the point of raising my infection risk by going out on the road for 5-6 days traveling up through Spain & France then onto a confined channel tunnel. That is around 5-6 or so stops for food, fuel etc.
Plus the rigmarole with the vets doings for the dog.
Just to get back to the freezing UK weather, which for me, will impact my health.
I'm on a site pitch, away from close neighbors, a great view and very quiet.
A couple of other folks have offered to get provisions for me as they do their own shopping...
Checked with some locals yesterday regarding infection rate around town,
nobody is aware of any cases here but possibly along the coast around Algeciras.
That's understandable as there are many hi rise apartment blocks and a high concentration of people.
One of the biggest problems with this virus is that some people who have it have no idea that they have got it. They have no symptoms at all yet can infect others. This virus is everywhere don't be fooled Stay Safe ..