Moving forward to freedom
AS of today, some 25 million people moved into Phase 3 of Spain’s de-escalation from the State of Alarm.
The areas that advanced to Phase 3 are: Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Basque Country, La Rioja, Navarre, Aragon, Extremadura, Andalucia, Murcia, Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
The autonomous communities have now been given the power to decide how long this period of de-escalation should last and when State of Alarm ends.
In Phase 3, restaurant and bar terraces, which were currently limited to 50 per cent of their capacity, will be able to open up to 75 per cent of capacity. The common areas of the shopping centres may reopen, although with a capacity limit.
Socially, in Phase 3 the capacity is increased in social celebrations such as weddings and funerals and there may be up to 150 guests in open spaces and 75 indoors. The wake may have up to 50 attendees outdoors and 25 indoors. And the churches, up to 75 per cent capacity.
Nightclubs can now open with a third of their capacity. However, there will be no dancing as social distancing measures will still apply.
Casinos and gambling halls can also open, with a maximum of 50 per cent of capacity.
At this point in time, only those living in Andalucia can travel between provinces.
Each autonomous community will also control measures around the reopening beaches.