What to do if the COVID-19 is hijacking your vacation

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03 April 2020

An Unexpected Situation

An emergency is defined as a sudden, unexpected situation that causes the need to take immediate action.

The unprecedented global pandemic COVID-19 is hitting organizations hard from all over the world and could cut 50 million jobs globally in the travel and tourism industry.

We have already seen the impact through colleagues and through our own eyes. Many hotels have decided not to open until Easter or after. The 1st of May now is the starting point. The same is for all the Real Estate Agencies all around the Island. Therefore, the majority of temporary contracts are now being postponed, with start dates moving from April to the summer, affecting the livelihood of many people.

Some of the hotels that are open or planning to open will be running special pricing for guests. This is great for those who would love to enjoy the warmer Mediterranean climate without the hordes of tourists.

What’s happening in Spain

The Spanish Government— slow at first to respond to the crisis— has imposed a country-wide lockdown. Not only does everyone in Spain and Mallorca have to stay inside, but we have to live with police and drones patrolling the streets to keep pedestrians at home. Luckily our police officers are doing a great job to keep our mood up.

On Saturday 14th March 2020 Pedro Sánchez as prime minister of Spain, took what will become to be the most critical step in halting the spread of coronavirus in Spain. As a response to the threat, he banned all movements within the whole of Spain and in effect placed each household under quarantine restrictions. Bars and restaurants are closed, movements of civilians are also restricted. This action has been assisted by the Balearic government’s decision to prevent the movement of all non-Spanish or non-residents across any land borders, including all ports and airports.

We think Mallorca has taken the right measures and being on an Island certainly help, but not as much as we think. As you all know Mallorca is Spain’s third busiest airport after Barcelona and Madrid with an average of 487 flights per day. Shutting down completely after the first cases was not an easy option. Luckily it has been done and the Island is in total lockdown.

This forceful but clear approach will ensure that our wonderful Island will overcome this attack quickly and effectively, getting back to normal in a timeframe other parts of the world will never hope to achieve.

Updates:

The spokesman for the Balearic Infectious Diseases Management Committee, Javier Arranz, said that COVID-19 cases in the archipelago have grown at a “slower rate”, which is “good news”, but nothing is certain right now and we would be a fool to do some kind of prediction.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Mallorca – update Friday 27h March 2020

Mallorca one of the safest regions in Spain – click HERE to see the graphic. As can been seen, the Balearics are the fourth safest region due to the combinations of excellent healthcare and geographical advantages.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Mallorca – update Monday 30th of March 2020

Analysis of the infection rates from last week shows that possibly the peak of infections on the Balearics may have passed. Sunday to Monday there was an increase of 20%, Monday to Tuesday 19%, Tuesday to Wednesday 17%, Wednesday to Thursday 14%, Friday to Saturday 14% and Saturday to Sunday 11%.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Mallorca – update Friday 3rd of April 2020

According to the Conselleria de Salut, the largest increase in positives was detected in the Balearic Islands between March 14 and 16 when the number of patients tripled, but since then there has been a constant decline.

“The curve has slowed down in recent days and in the coming weeks we think that the figures will improve,” said Javier Arranz from the Autonomous Committee of Infectious Diseases.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Mallorca – update Saturday 4rd of April 2020

The Balearics flatten the Curve and registered the smallest increase, with 42 new cases of COVID-19 Read HERE.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Mallorca – update Thursday 9th of April 2020

For the first time since the coronavirus State of Emergency began, there were no deaths in the last 24 hours in the Balearic Islands and with only 36 new positives.

What’s next

Both I and Rosa know how much you all love to come to Mallorca. Many of you are “regular clients. Families that we can now call friends and many of you are regular visitors who have decided to book our service for Summer 2020. Now, all of a sudden, you are living with the reality that you might need to reschedule your vacation. The only thing we can do is come together and work through this situation. The following things we want to express are to offer clarity for you who are in the middle of disappointment, confusion, and uncertainty regarding your holidays in Mallorca.

Talk to your travel agent

We would never tell people whether they should risk travelling or not. What we can say is don’t cancel travel plans out of fear. Contact your villa rep or hotel and ask for real-time updates on the situation here. If it’s not safe, no one would encourage you to come, even if it meant losing the business. A healthy guest is a happy one. And on the flip side, owners don’t want a hotel that’s been turned into a makeshift hospital trying to attend to the needs of their sick and disappointed clientele.

 

Postpone, don’t cancel!

This cannot be stressed enough. Canceling your vacation not only affects you, but everyone involved. This sentiment is being shared throughout the tourism industry like crazy. But, why postpone?

As you are probably aware, many of our vendors are small business owners and now, more than ever, we need to work together to support them. The industry as a whole is geared up to work with you to postpone your vacation with many suppliers working far outside and in addition to your basic contractual rights. Work with them and discuss postponement options and all will be well.

We urge you to help protect people’s livelihoods, and where you can support the amazing realities that you have chosen to be a part of your vacations.

You can’t imagine how many businesses are involved just by choosing to come for a week on the Island. Us, as Private Chefs, for example, we work with many suppliers, and most of them are small businesses that need our total commitment just to survive. From small bakeries to fishmongers, from florists to event planners, concierge and villa’s owners. It’s a huge mechanism. Stopping it completely would be a disaster for many.

Stay happy-informed

Media is the primary source of information for society, but there is also an ever-increasing need to verify and determine the accuracy of this information. With the global pandemic COVID-19 we are living now, everyone is trying to sell the biggest title and what you will know is pretty much the same from every major tv station or newspaper.

Watching depressing, panic-inducing news about COVID-19 24/7 will only make you anxious and depressed. It’s good for the news networks’ ratings, but it’s bad for your mental health.

We are not saying that you don’t have to watch television or the major news websites, but it’s quite easy to see that what they are doing is basically spread panic all over the world instead of analyzing the situation from a scientific point of view.

We tend to remember negativity better than positivity. It’s a fact, but it’s not what we need right now.

Any major station has a host of science, health, and lifestyle articles produced each day. I’d go out on a limb to say that most news in the tech, science, fashion, lifestyle, food categories is fairly positive.

If you don’t know what to watch, here are some good links:

 

Stay Mallorca-informed

Same thing applied as above. Spain is living a difficult moment right now and it’s true. But Spain is vast and every region is adopting their measures to prevent to spreading of the virus.

You don’t know what’s happening in Mallorca?. Send an email to your travel agent, call the hotel, write a message to some local concierge you trust. They will tell you the truth and keep you informed on the current situation.

 

Write Us

While COVID-19 is affecting us and our small business, during this time of quarantine, we have been thinking about all of you.

Some of you have received a message from us to see how you are all handling this weird situation, but if you would like to know something more about what’s really happening in Mallorca, don’t hesitate to write us an email.

We will try to give you all the information we have and, most importantly, help you to stay positive, even if everything around you seems negative

Rosa & Andrea

03 April 2020

An Unexpected Situation

An emergency is defined as a sudden, unexpected situation that causes the need to take immediate action.

The unprecedented global pandemic COVID-19 is hitting organizations hard from all over the world and could cut 50 million jobs globally in the travel and tourism industry.

We have already seen the impact through colleagues and through our own eyes. Many hotels have decided not to open until Easter or after. The 1st of May now is the starting point. The same is for all the Real Estate Agencies all around the Island. Therefore, the majority of temporary contracts are now being postponed, with start dates moving from April to the summer, affecting the livelihood of many people.

Some of the hotels that are open or planning to open will be running special pricing for guests. This is great for those who would love to enjoy the warmer Mediterranean climate without the hordes of tourists.

What’s happening in Spain

The Spanish Government— slow at first to respond to the crisis— has imposed a country-wide lockdown. Not only does everyone in Spain and Mallorca have to stay inside, but we have to live with police and drones patrolling the streets to keep pedestrians at home. Luckily our police officers are doing a great job to keep our mood up.

On Saturday 14th March 2020 Pedro Sánchez as prime minister of Spain, took what will become to be the most critical step in halting the spread of coronavirus in Spain. As a response to the threat, he banned all movements within the whole of Spain and in effect placed each household under quarantine restrictions. Bars and restaurants are closed, movements of civilians are also restricted. This action has been assisted by the Balearic government’s decision to prevent the movement of all non-Spanish or non-residents across any land borders, including all ports and airports.

We think Mallorca has taken the right measures and being on an Island certainly help, but not as much as we think. As you all know Mallorca is Spain’s third busiest airport after Barcelona and Madrid with an average of 487 flights per day. Shutting down completely after the first cases was not an easy option. Luckily it has been done and the Island is in total lockdown.

This forceful but clear approach will ensure that our wonderful Island will overcome this attack quickly and effectively, getting back to normal in a timeframe other parts of the world will never hope to achieve.

Updates:

The spokesman for the Balearic Infectious Diseases Management Committee, Javier Arranz, said that COVID-19 cases in the archipelago have grown at a “slower rate”, which is “good news”, but nothing is certain right now and we would be a fool to do some kind of prediction.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Mallorca – update Friday 27h March 2020

Mallorca one of the safest regions in Spain – click HERE to see the graphic. As can been seen, the Balearics are the fourth safest region due to the combinations of excellent healthcare and geographical advantages.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Mallorca – update Monday 30th of March 2020

Analysis of the infection rates from last week shows that possibly the peak of infections on the Balearics may have passed. Sunday to Monday there was an increase of 20%, Monday to Tuesday 19%, Tuesday to Wednesday 17%, Wednesday to Thursday 14%, Friday to Saturday 14% and Saturday to Sunday 11%.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Mallorca – update Friday 3rd of April 2020

According to the Conselleria de Salut, the largest increase in positives was detected in the Balearic Islands between March 14 and 16 when the number of patients tripled, but since then there has been a constant decline.

“The curve has slowed down in recent days and in the coming weeks we think that the figures will improve,” said Javier Arranz from the Autonomous Committee of Infectious Diseases.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Mallorca – update Saturday 4rd of April 2020

The Balearics flatten the Curve and registered the smallest increase, with 42 new cases of COVID-19 Read HERE.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Mallorca – update Thursday 9th of April 2020

For the first time since the coronavirus State of Emergency began, there were no deaths in the last 24 hours in the Balearic Islands and with only 36 new positives.

What’s next

Both I and Rosa know how much you all love to come to Mallorca. Many of you are “regular clients. Families that we can now call friends and many of you are regular visitors who have decided to book our service for Summer 2020. Now, all of a sudden, you are living with the reality that you might need to reschedule your vacation. The only thing we can do is come together and work through this situation. The following things we want to express are to offer clarity for you who are in the middle of disappointment, confusion, and uncertainty regarding your holidays in Mallorca.

Talk to your travel agent

We would never tell people whether they should risk travelling or not. What we can say is don’t cancel travel plans out of fear. Contact your villa rep or hotel and ask for real-time updates on the situation here. If it’s not safe, no one would encourage you to come, even if it meant losing the business. A healthy guest is a happy one. And on the flip side, owners don’t want a hotel that’s been turned into a makeshift hospital trying to attend to the needs of their sick and disappointed clientele.

 

Postpone, don’t cancel!

This cannot be stressed enough. Canceling your vacation not only affects you, but everyone involved. This sentiment is being shared throughout the tourism industry like crazy. But, why postpone?

As you are probably aware, many of our vendors are small business owners and now, more than ever, we need to work together to support them. The industry as a whole is geared up to work with you to postpone your vacation with many suppliers working far outside and in addition to your basic contractual rights. Work with them and discuss postponement options and all will be well.

We urge you to help protect people’s livelihoods, and where you can support the amazing realities that you have chosen to be a part of your vacations.

You can’t imagine how many businesses are involved just by choosing to come for a week on the Island. Us, as Private Chefs, for example, we work with many suppliers, and most of them are small businesses that need our total commitment just to survive. From small bakeries to fishmongers, from florists to event planners, concierge and villa’s owners. It’s a huge mechanism. Stopping it completely would be a disaster for many.

Stay happy-informed

Media is the primary source of information for society, but there is also an ever-increasing need to verify and determine the accuracy of this information. With the global pandemic COVID-19 we are living now, everyone is trying to sell the biggest title and what you will know is pretty much the same from every major tv station or newspaper.

Watching depressing, panic-inducing news about COVID-19 24/7 will only make you anxious and depressed. It’s good for the news networks’ ratings, but it’s bad for your mental health.

We are not saying that you don’t have to watch television or the major news websites, but it’s quite easy to see that what they are doing is basically spread panic all over the world instead of analyzing the situation from a scientific point of view.

We tend to remember negativity better than positivity. It’s a fact, but it’s not what we need right now.

Any major station has a host of science, health, and lifestyle articles produced each day. I’d go out on a limb to say that most news in the tech, science, fashion, lifestyle, food categories is fairly positive.

If you don’t know what to watch, here are some good links:

 

Stay Mallorca-informed

Same thing applied as above. Spain is living a difficult moment right now and it’s true. But Spain is vast and every region is adopting their measures to prevent to spreading of the virus.

You don’t know what’s happening in Mallorca?. Send an email to your travel agent, call the hotel, write a message to some local concierge you trust. They will tell you the truth and keep you informed on the current situation.

 

Write Us

While COVID-19 is affecting us and our small business, during this time of quarantine, we have been thinking about all of you.

Some of you have received a message from us to see how you are all handling this weird situation, but if you would like to know something more about what’s really happening in Mallorca, don’t hesitate to write us an email.

We will try to give you all the information we have and, most importantly, help you to stay positive, even if everything around you seems negative

Rosa & Andrea

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