AROUND 32 million residents, or 70 per cent of the population in Spain will now have officially commenced Phase 2 of the de-escalation plan, marking them one step closer to the ‘new normality.’
However, this means that 30 per cent of the population, or rather, 15 million people, will be stuck in Phase 1, more specifically, the Community of Madrid, parts of Catalonia and Castilla y León. Furthermore, this does not include the 45,000 residents living on the islands of Formentera, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa, who are entering Phase 3.
Costa Blanca’s Valencia will enjoy their first splash in the water today as the province enters Phase 2 of the de-escalation plan. Beaches will reopen to the public with a guided distance of two metres between umbrellas and hammocks, as well as the showers only being open to one person at a time.
Pools will be reopening at a maximum capacity of 30 per cent and under pre-booked appointments. Bars and restaurants’ can now open inside their premises at 40 per cent capacity, whilst night bars and clubs remain closed. Cinemas, theatres, and auditoriums restart their activity at a third capacity and hotels may now reopen their common spaces. Shopping centres can also open at 30 per cent capacity and 40 per cent in each shop.
Malaga and Granada will also join the rest of Andalucia in enjoying the above liberties as, they too, enter the second phase in the path towards a ‘new normality.’ They have only been in Phase 1 since May 18, whilst the rest of the autonomous region began Phase 2 on May 25.
The regional government has insisted that there are no longer any reasons to hold back Malaga or Granada in Phase 1 and that these areas even boast of better health data than other territories in the community who were passed into Phase 1 without a fuss.