Government announces the beginning of the de-escalation of lock down, for a return to normality


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The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez announced today at a press conference from La Moncloa that the de-escalation will begin on the 4th May and will be gradual, asymmetric and coordinated in 4 phases that will begin next month and will be determined in the publication of the State Bulletin (BOE).

Preparation and planning. Certain businesses will re-open with an appointment system. Restaurants will be able to prepare ‘takeaways’, in which customers can collect their order. Exercise and walks, with those who you live with, allowed 2nd May, maybe with staged time slots, etc. More details to come.

Open small businesses. There will be schedules/time slots for elderly. Terraces of bars/restaurants 30% capacity, always with sufficient social distances (at least 2 metres). Hotels and tourist accommodation can open (under certain measures, e.g. no common areas allowed open), also 30%. Religious sites can open, 30% capacity, always with sufficient social distances. Funerals permitted (under certain measures). The use of masks in public transport will be highly recommended.

▪ PHASE 2 of the de-escalation:
Inside of restaurants/bars can open, 30% capacity, social distancing, only table service. Schools will re-open in September for most students, but different measures will be taken for those with children under 6 years old, in which both parents work, also there may also be measures for re-enforcement classes for those most vulnerable students, also for EBAU students, bachillerato, etc. Cinemas, theatres etc may open, 30% capacity, social distancing. Also expositions and meeting rooms. Religious sites 50% capacity.

▪ PHASE 3 of de-escalation:
Easing of movement between different territories. Restaurants/bars 50% capacity, social distancing.

▪ Each of the phases will last 2 weeks as a MINIMUM.
According to the Government's plans at the end of June we would be, as a country, in the new normal if the evolution of the epidemic is controlled across all regions.

The school year will begin in September.