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Malaga and Granada provinces remain in Phase One of lockdown easing plan

Malaga and Granada provinces remain in Phase One of lockdown easing plan
/ ÑITO SALAS
  • The other six Andalusian provinces, which have been in Phase One for nearly two weeks, move into Phase Two on Monday

Malaga and Granada provinces remain in Phase One of Spain's lockdown easing plan, the Health minister, Salvador Illa, announced on Friday.

Illa, and the government spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, announced at a press conference on Friday afternoon which areas of Spain would move into a new phase of lockdown easing from Monday 25 May.

As expected, six Andalusian provinces, Cadiz, Almeria, Seville, Huelva, Jaén and Cordoba, will move to Phase Two after the stipulated two weeks in Phase One.

Malaga and Granada, however, have only been in Phase One since Monday 18 May, although the local and regional authorities had urged the government ministers to move all eight provinces together to avoid having a two-speed Andalucía.

Illa explained that it was important for areas to remain in each phase for two weeks, to establish whether the relaxation of restrictions has affected the rate of infection of Covid-19.

The Costa del Sol, therefore, is likely to move into Phase Two on 1 June.

Phase Two relaxes coronavirus lockdown restrictions even further, allowing bars and restaurants to serve customers at some of their indoor tables, meetings of groups up to 15 people and the opening of shopping centres, with restrictions. Beaches may also open in Phase Two, although social distancing will have to be maintained.

Castilla y León, Madrid and Barcelona, which are still in Phase Zero, will be moving into Phase One on Monday.

Phase One

Current in Malaga province

Exercise: Timetables to go outside for exercise continue for municipalities over 10,000 people (including staying in your own municipality) but regions can modify start/end times.

Social contact: Allowed in groups of up to ten for non-vulnerable people. You can travel within the province for this.

Second homes: Travel to second homes in same province.

Car travel: Two people per row of seats if not same household, with masks. If same household, up to vehicle capacity.

Shops and businesses: These can open to the public with reduced capacity up to 400 square metres if they have an entrance directly to the street.

Cafes, bars & restaurants:

Opening of outdoor terraces only, with 50% of capacity. Terrace areas can be increased if local town halls allow it.

Hotels and self-catering: These can open but communal areas, such as gardens or bars cannot. Strict disinfecting and social distancing rules.

Cultural activities and leisure: Events and shows for under 30 people, or 200 if the venue is outdoors. Museums can open but with reduced capacity.

Sport:

Professional or clubs - Opening of specialist spaces with protective hygiene measures and with a rota system.

Non-professional sport /exercise: Sports facilities in the open air and without spectators (athletics, tennis...). Individual sports with an appointment and without contact (including personal trainer). No dressing rooms allowed. Reduced capacity. No indoor gym classes.

Places of worship: Limited to a third of normal capacity.

Public transport: Face masks.

Phase Two

Earliest 1 June for Malaga province

In Phase Two, the restrictions will be relaxed even more, although activity can still only be within the province where you live, except for work. Details can change as the government announces the start of each phase.

Exercise: The timetables for excercise will be scrapped in Phase Two, apart from the times set aside for the over-70s - between 10am and 12 noon and from 7pm to 8pm. Times do not apply in municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants.

Social contact: Groups of 15 (excl. the vulnerable still).

Shops & businesses: Shops can open with 40% capacity and time slots for vulnerable people. Shopping malls can open but with 30% capacity restrictions in communal areas.

Bars and Restaurants: Interiors can now open with 40% capacity and no bar service.

Hotels: Communal areas too but with capacity restrictions.

Sport:

Non-professional sport: Swimming pools can open at 30% capacity and gyms with limited capacity and by appointment. No contact sport.

Professional or amateur league sport: Basic training. Matches and competitions behind closed doors.

Leisure:

Cinemas and theatres with reduced seating. Beaches are expected to open for bathing.

Schools: Up to 6 years. The rest in September.

Care homes: Visits by appointment only