THREE Canary Islands and the Balearic Island of Formentera are one step ahead on the road to the ‘new normality’ and will move into lockdown Phase two on Monday.
El Hierro, La Gomera and La Graciosa in the Canaries and Formentera were the first places in Spain to get authorisation to enter the first phase on May 4, and will continue to be a week in front of the other islands and provinces.
The Health Ministry believes all four islands have met the conditions to continue advancing.
Phase two means greater easing of restrictions. Bars, cafes and restaurants will for example be allowed to open the doors to their premises, although there will be no bar service. Customers will have to be served at tables and there will be a maximum capacity limit of one-third.
Tables must also be well spaced out.
Night-time watering holes and discos will not be allowed to open up in this phase.
Shopping centres can open, but with a capacity limit of 40 per cent and communal and recreation areas will remain out of bounds. There must be guarantees of a two-metre space between shoppers, and where this is not possible, shops can only let in one customer at a time.
Open air markets can have a greater number of stalls than in Phase one.
Driving schools, academies and training centres can reopen. So too can cinemas, theatre and similar cultural spaces, but at no more than 30 per cent capacity.
Cultural events can go-ahead, but with no more than 50 people in an enclosed area and up to 400 in the open air if the people are seated.
Wedding celebrations are another kind of event which is possible in the second phase, but with limits on guest numbers and sticking to protocols on social distancing and safety.