Forum Mare nostrum 1 july 2020 at 13 h

Presentation of new presidents: Mrs Ada Stoppelenburg from Lions Club, Mario Gonzalez Bonilla from Rotary Club l'Alfàs del Pi Internacional, retiring president Barbara Banks from Companions and Teresa from Frivilligsentralen. New assistant to monthly meetings, the Masons from the San Juan Lodge Lodge nº28

More or less 100 Costa Blanca hotels are open in July and have an expected occupancy, i.e. bookings, for 50% of their rooms. Hosbec, the hoteliers association, the initial reservations were 98% Spanish, but they are now reserving rooms for foreign visitors and are expecting them to start arriving in bigger numbers from the second week of July. 
This area is currently avoiding any spikes in new infections, in spite of a slightly deteriorating national picture. Six out of ten recently infected cases were asymptomatic. Last week, 51,000 were detected as having suspicious symptoms and 91% of those were tested. 1,862 were positive in the last week.

54 out of 315 cases showing symptoms were imported from other countries.

Testing is faster, from first symptom to being diagnosed between 24 to 48 hours, much faster than the 15 days it was taking, at the height of the crisis.

We have to assume that the virus is circulating between us. Those people who are prudent will probably not become infected; it is probable that others (who are less prudent) will become infected.

Police will fine 100 Euros for those caught throwing masks away in the street; the same fine for not wearing a mask. 

Beach in Albir is well organised and you know that we have got 4 parts, two for sunbeds with distancing and 2 other parts for those who don't need a sunbed. We haven't had any problems with agglomerations and from 1st of July there will informers hired by Generalitat Valenciana to inform about safety and protection. 

Municipal swimming pool is opening on 6 July.

The Norwegian Club remains closed until September but their members are gathering each Friday at 12 h in Restaurante Sol y Luna in Alfaz del Sol where you can join.

7 July is San Fermin and an important fiesta in Pamplona with the bulls running through its streets but it is also International Soil Conservation Day. Environmental department has organised together with Nordic Walking Club from l'Alfàs del Pi “la caminata verde” the green walk, a guided tour that takes us to the unique cataloged trees and places from a historical value. Spots you might not have discovered before. Free of charge and inscriptions at 96 5889601 or 608 743 877. Meeting point carpark Don Quichote at 7 pm.

Film Festival Alfas del Pi, 32 edition will take place from 18 July until 25 July 2020, as soon as we get the program, we will mail it to you. 

ESTIU FESTIU: Saturday 1 August at 10 pm at Anchor in Albir: Summer Concert by our local band La Lira
ESTIU FESTIU: Sunday 2 August at 9 pm at Anchor in Albir: Musical gathering by Roberto Carvallo and band, organised by Uruguyan Association
ESTIU FESTIU: Saturday 8 August at 10 pm: “El mágico viaje de Patri Zenner”, magician show
ESTIU FESTIU: Saturday 15 August at 10 pm at Anchor in Albir: España Brava, Typicial Spanish dance company present their show Aire Fresco
ESTIU FESTIU: Friday 28 August at 10 pm at VRA (Museo Villa Romana Albir): Classical music by Alessia Martegiani and Di Fulvio Trio

Info Classical music society l'Alfàs del Pi: 
“It is some time since I sent a message about our society. At present, we are unable to resume our cycle of concerts. We remain unsure about the rest of the year. If there were to be a second outbreak of the virus, then everything will change again, but we have made a plan for how we might restart.
We have missed two of our eight society concerts. We plan to make this up by
·         presenting the concerts in October, November and December as listed
·         offering a concert weekend on 25,26, 27 September, with details to follow
·         offering a society concert in Centro Social on Sunday December 13. This would be free for members and 10 euros for non-members, the normal Saturday arrangement
We also want to change the Forum concerts to Friday, rather than Thursday.”

This is our last meeting before our summer break. We are keeping you updated with all relevant information but we will meet again in September. It is a year now since Bernd joined the residents' team. We have tried to introduce some new aspects like the whatsapp group and the meetings at clubs etc. We would like to have some feedback from you about last year but also what you would like to see for the future. You can send it by mail or make an appointment to talk about it.

When the situation allows us travelling by bus, we will do the planned excursion and others.

Bernd, Elisabeth and I want to thank you all who assisted yesterday's meeting at Forum and our online meetings during the lockdown. We enjoyed very much seeing you again in our last meeting before summer break. You can contact us when you need information and we will update you with any important new. Enjoy a lovely summer!

Kindest regards,
Bernd Goldschmidt, Assesor Residents Department
Martine Mertens, Councillor Collectives and Residents