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COVID-19 Update

07/09/2021
The following text is only a summary of the government regulations, only the full text is legally binding, and are valid until 27/09/2021 ( If necessary, we're glad to help you with the translation of some paragraphs)

CURFUE
There is no curfue anymore
Social or family reunions are no longer limited to a maximum of 10 persons, both in public and private places.

HORECA ; HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, CAFES, BARS, BANQUET HALLS, ETC
Capacity is limited to 50% of their capacity indoors, and 100% outdoor.
All establishments must close at 00:30 AM, with last serving at 00:00 h,
Tables are limited to a maximum of 10 persons per table outdoors, or 8 persons indoors.
Tables must be 2 meters apart indoors, and 1,5 meters outdoors.
Any consumption of food and/or beverages is only allowed while seated.
Acts by professionals are allowed, if sufficient ventilation and a distance of at least 2 meters to the public.
Smoking of any kind, sitting at the bar, dancing, karaokes and amateur acts are prohibited.

NON RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES AND CELEBRATIONS.
Wedding ceremonies are allowed up to a maximum of 50% of the capacity indoors, or 100% outdoors, and social distancing and hygiene regulations apply.
For catering, the 'Horeca' restrictions apply

MOUTHMASKS
Mouthmasks are mandatory for persons of 6 years and above in public indoor areas, in outdoor areas when it's not possible to maintain a social distance of 1,5 m between social bubbles, in public or private transport.
The use of mouthmasks is not mandatory during seated consumption of food and beverages.
In all other situations the use of mouthmasks is still recommended, even outdoors, except on beaches and parks.

16/08/2021
The following text is only a summary of the government regulations, only the full text is legally binding, and are valid until 6/09/2021 ( If necessary, we're glad to help you with the translation of some paragraphs)

CURFUE
There is no curfue, except in following towns ; In Alicante: ’Alfàs del Pi, Alicante, Almoradí, Altea, Aspe, Benidorm, Calp, El Campello, Cocentaina, Dénia, Dolores, Finestrat, la Nucia, Montforte del Cid, Monóvar, Mutxamel, Novelda, Onil, Pedreguer, Pego, Santa Pola, San Vicente del Raspeig, Sax, Teulada, Villajoyosa, Villena and Javea.
There is no curfue for professionals during their work, or returning home.

Social or family reunions are limited to a maximum of 10 persons, both in public and private places.

HORECA ; HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, CAFES, BARS, BANQUET HALLS, ETC
Capacity is limited to 50% of their capacity indoors, and 100% outdoor.
All establishments must close at 00:30 AM, with last serving at 00:00 h,
Tables are limited to a maximum of 10 persons per table outdoors, or 6 persons indoors.
Tables must be 2 meters apart indoors, and 1,5 meters outdoors.
Any consumption of food and/or beverages is only allowed while seated.
Acts by professionals are allowed, if sufficient ventilation and a distance of at least 2 meters to the public.
Smoking of any kind, sitting at the bar, dancing, karaokes and amateur acts are prohibited.

NON RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES AND CELEBRATIONS.
Wedding ceremonies are allowed up to a maximum of 50% of the capacity indoors, or 100% outdoors, and social distancing and hygiene regulations apply.
For catering, the 'Horeca' restrictions apply

MOUTHMASKS
Mouthmasks are mandatory for persons of 6 years and above in public indoor areas, in outdoor areas when it's not possible to maintain a social distance of 1,5 m between social bubbles, in public or private transport.
The use of mouthmasks is not mandatory during seated consumption of food and beverages.
In all other situations the use of mouthmasks is still recommended, even outdoors, except on beaches and parks.

25/07/2021
The following text is only a summary of the government regulations, only the full text is legally binding, and are valid until 16/08/2021 ( If necessary, we're glad to help you with the translation of some paragraphs)
Restaurants and bars are limited to 50% of their capacity indoors, and 100% outdoor.
There is no curfue, except in following towns ; In Alicante: ’Alfàs del Pi, Alicante, Banyeres de Mariola, Benidorm, Callosa d’en Sarrià, Callosa de Segura, Calp, Dénia, Gata de Gorgos, la Nucia, Muro de Alcoy, Ondara, Pego, Santa Pola, San Vicente del Raspeig, Sax, Teulada y Villajoyosa
Establishments, venues, restaurants, etc must close at 00:30 AM, with last serving at 00:00 h.

Wedding ceremonies are allowed up to a maximum of 50% of the capacity indoors, or 100% outdoors, and social distancing and hygiene regulations apply.
Indoor consumption of food and beverages ( except water ) is prohibited.

Wedding banquets are allowed, but the consumption of food and beverages is only allowed in the restaurant area, which needs to be separated from other areas, and in which the restrictions of hotels, restaurants and bars apply, up to a maximum of 75% of the capacity indoors or outdoors, with a maximum of 10 persons per table outside, or 6 persons inside, and tables must be separated with a distance of 1,5 m outside, 2m inside, and any type of consumption of food or beverages while not seated is prohibited, as are self-service arrangements and buffets.
Professional acts by DJ's and musicians are allowed with a minimum distance of 2 m between the performers and the public. Dancing is not allowed.
Smoking, vaping, ... is only allowed in public areas and streets if a distance of 2 m to other persons can be respected, and is never allowed in venues, restaurants, bars, etc,
open bar and dance are not allowed.
Mouthmasks are mandatory for persons of 6 years and above in public indoor areas, in outdoor areas when it's not possible to maintain a social distance of 1,5 m between social bubbles, in public or private transport.
The use of mouthmasks is not mandatory during seated consumption of food and beverages.
In all other situations the use of mouthmasks is still recommended, even outdoors, except on beaches and parks.

14/7/2021
The following text is only a summary of the government regulations, only the full text is legally binding, and are valid until 25/07/2021 ( If necessary, we're glad to help you with the translation of some paragraphs)
Restaurants and bars are limited to 50% of their capacity indoors, and 100% outdoor.
There is a curfue anymore, except in following towns ; In Alicante: Sant Vicent del Raspeig, In Castellón: Benicàssim., in València: Alaquàs, Alboraia, Aldaia, Almàssera, Benaguasil, Benetússer, Benifaió, Bunyol, Burjassot, Catarroja, El Puig, Gandia, L’Eliana, Meliana, Mislata, Moncada, Paterna, Picanya, Picassent, Puçol, Quart de Poblet, Requena, Riba-roja de Túria, Sedaví, Silla, Tavernes Blanques, Utiel, València, Vilamarxant y Xirivella
Establishments, venues, restaurants, etc must close at 00:30 AM, with last serving at 00:00 h.

Wedding ceremonies are allowed up to a maximum of 50% of the capacity indoors, or 100% outdoors, and social distancing and hygiene regulations apply.
Indoor consumption of food and beverages ( except water ) is prohibited.

Wedding banquets are allowed, but the consumption of food and beverages is only allowed in the restaurant area, which needs to be separated from other areas, and in which the restrictions of hotels, restaurants and bars apply, up to a maximum of 75% of the capacity indoors or outdoors, with a maximum of 10 persons per table, and tables must be separated with a distance of 1,5 m outside, 2m inside, and any type of consumption of food or beverages while not seated is prohibited, as are self-service arrangements and buffets.
Professional acts by DJ's and musicians are allowed with a minimum distance of 2 m between the performers and the public. Dancing is not allowed.
Smoking, vaping, ... is only allowed in public areas and streets if a distance of 2 m to other persons can be respected, and is never allowed in venues, restaurants, bars, etc,
open bar and dance are not allowed.
Mouthmasks are mandatory for persons of 6 years and above in public indoor areas, in outdoor areas when it's not possible to maintain a social distance of 1,5 m between social bubbles, in public or private transport.
The use of mouthmasks is not mandatory during seated consumption of food and beverages.
In all other situations the use of mouthmasks is still recommended, even outdoors, except on beaches and parks.

5/7/2021
The following text is only a summary of the government regulations, only the full text is legally binding, and are valid from 1 - 15/07/2021
Restaurants and bars are limited to 50% of their capacity indoors, and 100% outdoor.
There is no curfue anymore, but establishments, venues, restaurants, etc must close at 01:00 AM, with last serving at 00:30 h.
Wedding ceremonies are allowed up to a maximum of 50% of the capacity indoors, or 100% outdoors, and social distancing and hygiene regulations apply.
Wedding banquets are allowed, up to a maximum of 75% of the capacity indoors or outdoors, with a maximum of 10 persons per table, and tables must be separated with a distance of 1,5 m outside, 2m inside, and any type of consumption of food or beverages while not seated is prohibited, as are self-service arrangements and buffets.
Professional acts by DJ's and musicians are allowed with a minimum distance of 2 m between the performers and the public. Dancing is not allowed.
Smoking, vaping, ... is only allowed in public areas and streets if a distance of 2 m to other persons can be respected, and is never allowed in venues, restaurants, bars, etc,
open bar and dance are not allowed.
Mouthmasks are mandatory for persons of 6 years and above in public indoor areas, in outdoor areas when it's not possible to maintain a social distance of 1,5 m between social bubbles, in public or private transport.
The use of mouthmasks is not mandatory during seated consumption of food and beverages.
In all other situations the use of mouthmasks is still recommended, even outdoors, except on beaches and parks.

15/06/2021
The government has announced that following restrictions remain in place until June 30, 2021.
Wedding ceremonies are allowed
Wedding banquets are allowed.
Self-service, buffets, open bar and dance are not allowed.
The wedding banquet is allowed with a maximum of 10 persons per table.
There is no curfue anymore, but establishments, venues, restaurants, etc must close at 01:00 AM
Mouthmasks are mandatory at all times, except during seated consumption of food and beverages.

09/04/2021
The government has announced that the 'state of alarm' which allows them to impose the Covid restrictions will be lifted on May 9. 2021, so from then on, only the regional government can impose restrictions.
Following restriction are in place until 25/04/2021.
Wedding ceremonies are allowed, up to a maximum of 20 persons in the open air, or 15 persons indoor, always occupying a maximum of 50% of the available space.
Wedding banquets are allowed, up to a maximum of 20 persons in the open air, or 15 persons indoor, always occupying a maximum of 100% of the available outdoor space, 30% indoor.
Self-service, buffets, open bar and dance are not allowed.
The wedding banquet is allowed but only up to 18:00 h ( 6 PM ) with a maximum of 6 persons per table.
A curfew is still in place from 22:00 ( 10 PM ) until 06:00 ( 6 AM )

12/03/2021
Weddings are allowed, up to a maximum of 20 persons in the open air, or 15 persons indoor, always occupying a maximum of 30% of the available space.
The wedding banquet is allowed but only up to 18:00 h ( 6 PM ) with a maximum of 4 persons per table.
A curfew is still in place from 22:00 ( 10 PM ) until 06:00 ( 6 AM )

02/03/2021
Weddings are allowed, up to a maximum of 15 persons in the open air, and 10 persons indoor
The wedding banquet is allowed but only up to 18:00 h ( 6 PM ) with a maximum of 4 persons per table.
A curfew is still in place from 22:00 ( 10 PM ) until 06:00 ( 6 AM )

01/02/2021
For now, the situation on Covid-19 remains unchanged.
Spain is not in lockdown, but restrictions on travelling depend on the country and region in Spain.
Mouth masks are mandatory everywhere.
Vaccination has started at full speed but it seems unlikely that weddings will be possible before September 2021.
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How COVID-19 can affect your wedding

We understand the concerns about the coronavirus COVID19, and we, too, keep a close eye on its evolution.

Therefore we’ve created this blog post(s), to inform our couples and their guests of ;

  • The situation of the virus in our region ( on our COVID-19 update page )
  • The options and conditions for postponement or cancellation

Although international media are reporting on the situation in Spain as a whole, the truth is that the situation is very different across the autonomous regions of Spain, as shown on the map on the following link ;

https://www.rtve.es/noticias/20200329/mapa-del-coronavirus-espana/2004681.shtml

We’re based in Altea, approximately halfway between Valencia and Alicante, on the east coast.

However, regardless of these differences, the measurements taken by the Spanish government are for the whole territory, and foreign governments and airlines have imposed additional travel restrictions.

Nobody knows when these measurements and restrictions will end, but it’s assumed that they will be lifted gradually as soon as the virus is under control.

Meanwhile, we understand that our wedding couples have been looking forward to their dream wedding for a long time and that the uncertainty about their planned wedding must be a huge disappointment.

Depending on the time remaining to the wedding date, decisions must be taken.

If your wedding was scheduled on a date while the restrictions are still in effect, then it’s obvious that postponement is the only option.

If your wedding is scheduled on a later date, then the decision is more difficult.

Nobody knows at what date the situation will return to normal and restrictions are lifted, making it possible to celebrate your wedding as planned.

This may not alone create uncertainty for you as the wedding couple, but also for guests who need to make or change their travel arrangements.

Though it may be possible to further delay the decision to postpone the wedding - depending on the planned date - we understand that wedding couples may want to decide to already set a new date.

But we don’t want to be the reason for the postponement, so unless the government or travel restrictions are in place on your planned wedding date, we’re keeping everything in place.

However, if you do want to postpone, below please find the options, but you’re more than welcome to make an appointment for a video call to discuss the options in person.

Make an appointment for a video or personal meeting

WEDDINGS WITH RESTRICTIONS

If you decide to proceed with the wedding as planned, while restrictions or extra requirements are still in place, we, of course, are required to adapt to them, but we'll try our very best to minimize the effect of these regulations as much as possible,

First of all, we recommend our wedding couples prior to the wedding to - as much as possible - avoid exposure, and to recommend their guests to do the same.
Do not attend the wedding If you’re unsure about your health, infection or if you have symptoms.
As a protective precaution, we reserve the right to deny persons (staff, guests and anyone attending or cooperating with the wedding) access to the wedding if they show symptoms.

These restrictions or obligations may require us to take charge or to change, even at last minute if required, the planning and proceedings of the wedding, such as a.o. the setting, movements of the wedding couple, guests and staff, dinner setting and distribution, catering, menu and (dance) party.

Throughout the wedding, everyone will need to abide to the requirements and obligations on a.o. social distancing, mouth masks, the maximum number of people per table, etc., and again we reserve the right to deny persons further attendance if they do not respect any of the restrictions or obligations, or as a last resort cancel the further proceedings.

Any of the above shall be decided unilaterally by the wedding planners and can never result in any refund or compensation.

If any of these requirements impose extra organisation, rental equipment or other costs, we will advise the wedding couple as soon as possible, and request payment for them.

Proceeding with the wedding means that you'll accept all above, and you agree to contact and get the agreement of your guests with these terms.

POSTPONING THE WEDDING

I cannot but start to explain the options by referring to our general conditions of use and sale, to which you have agreed when you booked the wedding. You can find them via the following link ;

https://www.yoep-p.com/terms.php

That being said, and because this a truly exceptional situation, we’ve contacted our venues and vendors to discuss and negotiate the options for any postponements due to the Corona virus, and it has not been easy, because a lot of them are facing harsh financial times.

Venues and vendors have agreed to evaluate each request for postponement individually, based on the foreseeable situation and restrictions on the planned wedding date, and based on the following situations ; 

If you wish to postpone a wedding which is planned on a date where restrictions in Spain, or travel restrictions between your country of origin and Spain are in place, or on a date within 6 months of such restrictions, and your new date is on a Monday to Thursday, then most venues and vendors are likely to agree to not charge a change of date fees. 

Since Spanish weddings are almost exclusively celebrated on weekend days ( Friday, Saturday or Sunday ), and there are only so many weekend days in the wedding season, they may charge a fee if your new date is on a weekend.

If you wish to change a date for a wedding which is still more than 6 months in the future, then the change of date fees will apply, because they consider that 6 months is sufficient time for you and your guests to make arrangements.

In both cases, surcharges - for example if you change to a date which is more expensive than the original date, or because prices have increased - will still apply.  

If you decide to postpone, we kindly request you to send us a list of minimum 4 dates, preferably more, so that we can contact the venues and vendors already contracted by you to check availability.

Once we have obtained one or more dates that all are available, we will advise you, with - if any - applicable extra costs - with the request to confirm the new date within 3 working days, because venues and vendors in these situations are not able to block the new date for you, until so instructed.

Then, once confirmed, we’ll update your wedding script accordingly.

CANCELLING THE WEDDING

Though nobody ever imagined that something like Covid-19 could occur, the unvoluntary cancellation of a wedding is something that unfortunately can occur, due to unforseeable situations like the illness, accident or death of a close relative.

This is why we've always recommended our couples to contract a wedding insurance, but unfortunately, few actually do.

When you contracted the wedding, you entered into an agreement with us and agreed to our conditions of use and sale.

Based on your instructions, we've contracted the services of venues and vendors you ordered, and for those, their general terms and condictions apply to us.

As a result, since there is no direct agreement between you and them, only we can negotiate with the contracted venues and vendors.

It has always been our policy to limit payments from our couples to the maximum until shortly before the wedding, when we close the planning, and it has become extremely unlikely that any unforseeable event causing a cancellation would occur.

But the payments we did request, were required in accordance with the agreements we've entered into based on your instruction, and the amounts are either paid or committed.

If you decide to cancel, according to our conditions of use and sale, all paid amounts are not refundable, and cancellation fees are applicable, often for a total higher than the already paid amounts.

That being said, if you decide to cancel, we'll enter into talks with the ordered venue and vendors to see if they're willing to make a commercial gesture, limitting or cancelling extra cancellation fees, and perhaps even willing to refund or cancel existing commitments, even partially.

However, we can only do so without jeopardizing the cooperation and the conditions, since that would effect all other couples too.

In the past, they've often been understanding in not insisting on additional payment of cancellation fees, but recovering any paid or committed amounts has proven to be extremely difficult, if not impossible.

This is something you need to keep in mind when taking a decision to cancel the wedding, and understandably, we can not enter into negotiation with them before we have your irrevocable decision to cancel.

So therefore, should you decide to cancel, it's best to assume that all paid amounts are non refundable, and possibly extra cancellation fees may occur, though we'll try our very best to get the best possible result for you.

HOTEL SH VILLA GADEA

With the hotel SH Villa Gadea, we've negotiated the conditions for postponing or cancelling reservations, and I think we've obtained a good result.

These are different situations ;

1 ) You've booked a room choosing the 'non-refundable' rate on the hotel website via the special link we've provided for your group.

In this case, the rate is 'non-refundable' which means that you would lose your booking without refund or possibility to change to another date.

However, we've negotiated that you can change your booking to another date.

But if you wish to cancel, then the hotel will only refund if the hotel is closed due to lockdown on the days of your planned stay.

2 ) You've booked a room choosing the 'standard' rate on the hotel website via the special link we've provided for your group.

In this case, the rate is 'refundable'  and you can either change your booking (*) or cancel with a full refund, but it's important to do this asap.

3) You've booked via another website. In this case, we cannot help or mediate for you.

In situations 1 and 2, please send an email to the hotel ( In English ) with your booking reservation number and your decision to change or cancel the booking. 

All changes are of course subject and conditional to availability on the new date and subject to payment of any difference in price between the original booked date, room type and duration, and the new one.

INSURANCE

Since long, we've been advising our wedding couples on our websites, and in our general terms of use and sale, to contract wedding insurance, but even if you did, not all policies will cover for these exceptional circumstances, so please contact your agent.

CONCLUSION

We know that these are difficult times for all, and above all, our thoughts go to all the persons who have lost family members or friends, or who are sick, and to all the people who are working so hard to take care of their loved ones or patients.

Our thoughts also go to all who are working so hard to maintain a working society, in so many sectors.

Finally, our thoughts also go the many businesses, who have been forced to suspend their activities until further notice, and are facing difficult financial times.

structure and costs, so there is no reason to worry about us not surviving this crisis.

We’ll stand strong, waiting for the situation to return to normal, so we can continue creating dream weddings for many more couples to come.

OUR COMPANY

Recrea Service & Consulting SL, c.q. Costa Blanca Events, is a Spanish limited company, with a solid financial base, and minimal fixed infrastructure and costs, so there is no reason to worry about us not surviving this crisis.

We’ll stand strong, waiting for the situation to return to normal, so we can continue creating dream weddings for many more couples to come.

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