We received a message from Ms. Marina Saiz, the person responsible for the running of the much-loved San Juan Bautista albergue in Grañon, in La Rioja, in Spain.
The following is a paraphrase of it:
“Due to the pandemic of Covid-19, we are not going to open the albergue
this summer. Since we are first and foremost a parish, and our priority is to protect the health and well-being of our elderly parishioners in Grañón.
Therefore, we feel obliged to ask you if you could please warn pilgrims of the risk they inadvertently pose to our elderly parishioners who stand to suffer from a fresh outbreak of Covid-19. Therefore if you were still planning to undertake a Camino this year we please ask you to reconsider.”