The phases of Spain's plan to wind down Covid-19 restrictions

Masks are compulsory on public transport.
Masks are compulsory on public transport. / ÑITO SALAS
  • Malaga and Granada provinces move to Phase One on 18 may to join the rest of Andalucía - Cadiz, Seville, Huelva, Cordoba, Jaén and Almeria - which moved to Phase One on 11 May

The Spanish government has devised a staged plan to guide the country gradually into a "new normal" after weeks of lockdown. Regions and provinces are moving through the phases at different speeds, but will spend at least two weeks in each phase from Phase One.

Phase Zero

This phase has been active since 4 May and remains in force in the provinces of Malaga and Granada, until 18 May.

Personal movement: Observe the timed slots. People 14 and over can walk 1km from home with household members (or run or cycle alone within their municipality) from 6am to 10am and 8pm to 11pm. Over 70s and other dependents from 10am to 12pm and 7pm to 8pm can go out accompanied. Children under 14 can go out, up to three with one adult, 1km from home for 1 hour from 12pm to 7pm.

Timed restrictions do not apply if the municipality you live in (not your ‘urbanización’) has under 10,000 inhabitants.

Public transport: Use of face masks compulsory.

Private transport: Two people per row of seats in vehicles up to nine occupants (according to Transport Ministry and DGT traffic authority). Face masks mandatory among passengers who do not share the same household. Maximum possible distance between occupants. The use of vehicles is only permitted for authorised journeys under lockdown restrictions: supermarket, pharmacy, appointments, to go to work when home working is not possible, etc.

Commerce: Small shops only, open by appointment.

Bars and restaurants: Only for takeaway food.

House renovation: Only if nobody lives there or outdoors.

Phase One

In force from 11 May in six Andalusian provinces: Cadiz, Seville, Jaén, Huelva, Cordoba and Almeria, as well as other parts of Spain. Malaga and Granada move into this new phase on 18 May.

Personal: Social contact is allowed in groups of up to ten people for non-vulnerable people. The timetables to go outside for walks and exercise will continue but regions can modify children's outing (currently 12-7pm) times by two hours. Movement allowed within a province for authorised activities.

Time slots for exercise still apply in towns and cities with more than 10,000 inhabitants-

Car travel: As phase Zero, but movement allowed within same province for authorised activities. All seats can be occupied if all occupants are from the same household.

Meetings: Seminars and conferences, with social distancing of at least two metres and with fewer than 30 attendees.

Small shops and businesses: Up to 400 square metres - these can open with reduced capacity and people observing social distancing. Specific times for the elderly, but not exclusive. No testers (cosmetics etc).

Shops and businesses: Bigger than 400 square metres can open but only a reserved area of 400 metres.

Street markets: Under control of local councils but no more than 25 stalls and a third of usual capacity of public.

Cafes, bars & restaurants: Opening of outdoor terraces only, with 50% of capacity. Terrace areas can be increased if local town halls allow it. Times limited to opening hours of the establishment. Maximum of ten people per table or group of tables. No serviette holders or shared olive oil bottles, etc on tables.

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. No paper or audio guides, leaflets or programmes. Libraries open for individual study, books quarantined for 14 days after being loaned. In theatres and cinemas, up to a third of capacity and controlled entrance and exit

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

Non-professional sport /exercise: Sports facilities in the open air and without spectators (athletics, tennis...). Solitary sports with an appointment and without contact. No dressing rooms allowed. Reduced capacity. No gyms.

Places of worship: Limited to a third of normal capacity. No choirs or physical contact, no Holy water. Use of masks compulsory. Spaces established on pews.

Public transport within towns: Will run at 80-100% capacity. Face masks worn.

Public transport between towns: Limit of 30% of services and 50% capacity. No catering on trains. Facemasks must be worn.

Phase Two

In Phase Two, the restrictions will be relaxed even more, although for all phases (0-3), activity can only be within the province where you live (e.g. Malaga or Granada).

Among other measures in Phase Two, you will be able to travel to a second home, visit a shopping centre (but not communal areas) or larger store.

Schools and nursery schools will open for the under sixes where parents have to work.

Restaurants and bars can open inside but with reduced seating and extra protective measures. Cinemas can open at a third of capacity.

Phase Three

Further measures towards the new normal, generally centring on more capacity in venues. Nightclubs and gyms can open at reduced capacity.

No word yet though on foreign flights which the government says depend on a pan-European agreement.