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The Supreme Court knocks down ‘covid passport’ to enter bars, restaurants and nightclubs in Andalucia

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The Supreme Court knocks down ‘covid passport’ to enter bars, restaurants and nightclubs in Andalucia. The Andalucian Government had hoped to use a COVID passport, but the Supreme Court has prevented this.

The Andalucian Government had hoped to use a COVID passport control entry to hotels, nightlife venues and nightclubs across Andalucia. The Supreme Court has now rejected this request. The court believes that the proposed measure “does not pass the proportionality test” and that it shows a “justification deficit”. Therefore, it has decided to stand by the decision previously taken by the Superior Court of Justice of Andalucia.

This basically means that anyone in Andalucia will not have to show a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test which was taken in the last 72 hours in order to enter nightclubs, restaurants and bars. The government of Moreno Bonilla had requested these measures, but Supreme Court have decided to overturn the request.

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The decision was made on two main arguments. The first is that the measure is not sufficiently justified. For the measure to be justified the government in Andalucia would need to prove “that the so-called fifth wave originates precisely in nightlife venues.”

The second argument is one of being proportionate. The measure was intended to apply “over a large territory and in very different situations”. This meant that the measure would be used across the whole of Andalucia, and the local coronavirus situation within each territory would not be considered. The measure failed the proportionality test.

If applied the measure would have hit the hospitality sector without it ever having been proven that the main source of coronavirus infections came from this sector.

As reported 20 minutes, “Finally, the court argues that it is not possible to restrict the fundamental rights of citizens with a preventive measure such as the ‘covid passport’: ‘It is not a measure that is punctually indispensable to safeguard public health (…), but rather a preventive measure when it happens that, for the restriction of fundamental rights, mere considerations of prudence or precaution are not sufficient’, the Supreme Court argues.”


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IMAGES: First snow of the season falls in Sierra Nevada in southern Spain

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The peaks of Spain’s Sierra Nevada received their first dusting of snow during the night on Friday, as the weather turned colder across the peninsula.

Operators of the ski resort in the mountain range shared images of the first snow fall on the pistes, although it isn’t yet quite enough to start the ski season.

Snow fell across the area of Borreguiles and Laguna, said Cetursa, the company that runs the resort which shared some images of the early snowfall.

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Images from the slopes of Sierra Granada’s ski resort on Saturday morning. Andrés Amaro/Cetursa Sierra Nevada SA

Located just outside Granada in Andalucia, the Sierra Nevada is Spain’s largest natural park and boasts the highest peak on the peninsula,  the 3,478-metre (11,411-foot) Mount Mulhacén.

But it is Mount Veleta’s northern slopes which provide the slopes used as a ski resort, offering over 100 kilometres (62 miles) of skiable routes spread between 124 pistes.

In some years the season opens as early as mid-November if there has been sufficient snowfall and can run until mid-May.

Other images of the sprinkling of snow was shared from the Sierra Nevada Weather Station and the Observatory.

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Are town halls across Spain deliberately targeting expats for cash?

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AN Olive Press reader has claimed that foreigners are being targeted by Spanish town halls wanting to pocket extra cash.

The expat, based in Madrid, believes that a penalty fine for non-payment of ground rent on a property was ‘a set up’.

It comes after the Olive Press reported on two cases in Andalucia, where expats lost their homes due to the incorrect mailing of legal notices.

In one case, Gurney Davey was forced to knock down his home after his house was ruled to have been built illegally in a court case that he knew nothing about.

The Guadalhorce resident only found out about the judgement when a neighbour told him about a demolition notice which had been wrongly addressed to them instead

And earlier this month we reported how Victoria Jenkins and her son were thrown out of their home that had been ‘secretly’ sold from under them at auction over a paltry €4,000 debt to the local council.

“For months and months all the legal notices were sent to an address that didn’t exist,” explained Jenkins. “By the time I found out it was too late.”

Meanwhile a hotelier in Ronda was left furious after having to pay a €900 fine when a IBI letter was inexplicably sent to her ex-partner’s office in Marbella – despite all her documentation being registered at the Ronda address.

The British resident in Madrid told the Olive Press how letters demanding the annual ground rent tax on her property were sent to totally the wrong building.

“Meanwhile I kept asking for the bills, and was told by Madrid town hall that they would come in the post. Eventually when I found out what had happened and complained, I was told ‘these things happen sometimes’ but I still had to pay the penalty for late payment.

“It stinks of a racket to deliberately make money and I have to wonder whether they are targeting those with foreign names around Spain as we are less capable of fighting back?”

Have you been deliberately targeted? Do you have a story about legal and official notices going deliberately to the wrong address? How has it affected you? Get in touch at newsdesk@theolivepress.es

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Horrific axe attack in Spain’s Fuengirola leaves woman with head injury

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A WOMAN attacked with an axe in a domestic incident was rushed to hospital on the Costa del Sol with multiple injuries. 

The victim was allegedly kicked, punched, and struck in the head with the back of the axe during the horror attack which took place at 8am on Saturday 16th in Fuengirola. 

Officers raced to the scene after neighbours raised the alarm and the woman was found seriously injured on the bed before being taken to the Costa del Sol Hospital where she was treated for multiple injuries.

Police have arrested her husband, 40, on suspicion of attempted murder and gender-based violence. 

Cops said the foreign-born man was in an obvious state of intoxication when they found him at the scene. He attempted to conceal himself from the police by hiding in the bathroom. 

Inquiries are ongoing. 

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