As Europe starts to ramp up its response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak many of the facilities and services along the Camino de Santiago are affected. Spain is in state of emergency and people are being urged to stay in their homes.
Here are some of the services we know are affected –
All public shows and leisure activities are closed.
Spain has closed many museums, shows, sports games, and public gatherings.
The Santiago Cathedral is closed to visitors, but the museum remains open.
As of midday on Friday the 13th of March the Cathedral will not be open to visitors. This will be the case until further notice.
The pilgrim office in Santiago is closed.
You will still be able to receive your Compostela at the end of your pilgrimage. The Pilgrim’s Office has set up a table with envelopes and a mailbox outside the building. Pilgrims can put their credentials in the envelope with their address and the Compostela will be posted out to them later.
Some alberges are closed.
The information on smaller independent alberges can be hard to find. Please call ahead if you are staying in alberges to check they are still open.
There are a few places online that the community is sharing closure information. Look through forums and do a google search if you are unable to contact them directly.
Semana Santa celebrations have been cancelled.
Holy Week celebrations (Semana Santa) have been cancelled across the country. This is especially impactful in Seville – the normal hub of the celebrations.
The Camino Society Ireland info centre is closing for 4 weeks due to coronavirus.
They are open until the 14th of March and then closing. Their website has loads of good information, and we will be able to help you with any queries related to our products.
If you are currently in Spain – listen to the advice of local authorities and contact your local embassy. If you need to change your flights or trains you will most likely be directed to the company that you booked them through.
Information Points in Castilla Y Leon
The province of Castilla y Leon has setup information points along the Camino Frances to assist any pilgrims that are stranded and need assistance making their way home.
The information points are located at the following albergues and municipal locations:
- Belorado. Oficina de Turismo.
- Burgos. Policía Municipal
- Castrojeriz. Ayuntamiento
- Frómista. Albergue municipal
- Carrión de los Condes. Albergue Espíritu Santo
- Moratinos. Albergue
- Sahagún. Albergue municipal
- León. Policía municipal y cartel oficina de turismo
- Astorga. Albergue de la Asociación de Amigos del Camino
- Ponferrada. Albergue S. Nicolás de Flue
We will continue to update this post and our social media platforms as we learn more.
Remember to maintain high levels of hygiene and be kind to one another.
~ The Follow the Camino Team