Phase 2 of the de-escalation: what can be done (and what not) in the provinces that advance on May 25
Starting Monday, May 25, some provinces will go to Phase 2 of the de-escalation, so the restrictions in force until now will be relaxed. Next we will review which are the provinces that pass to Phase 2 and what their inhabitants will be able to do starting next Monday.
Communities that pass to Phase 2
As reported by the Ministry of Health, the provinces that pass to Phase 2 are those that appear on the map on these lines. Broken down by autonomous communities, the photo is as follows:
- Andalusia: Almería, Córdoba, Cádiz, Huelva, Jaén and Seville.
- Aragon: Huesca, Zaragoza and Teruel.
- Balearic Islands: Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca.
- Canary Islands: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma.
- Castilla-La Mancha: Guadalajara and Cuenca.
- Catalonia: Campo de Tarragona, Alto Pirineo y Arán and Las Tierras del Ebro health areas.
- Extremadura: Cáceres and Badajoz.
- Galicia: Lugo, La Coruña, Orense and Pontevedra.
- Basque Country: Guipúzcoa, Vizcaya and Álava.
- The Rioja.
On the contrary, the territories that pass to Phase 1 are Ávila, Segovia, Soria, Burgos, Palencia, León, Zamora, Salamanca, Valladolid, the sanitary zones of the city of Barcelona, Metropolitana Sud, Metropolitana Nord and Madrid. In this way, all of Spain has already left phase 0 and is in phase 1 or phase 2, depending on the province.
What can be done in Phase 2
The first thing is that movement limitations remain the same as in Phase 1. What does that mean? That we can only move within our province. That means that we can leave our municipality to see a relative, but as long as it is within the province. For example, you could leave Córdoba (capital) to go to any town in the province of Córdoba, but not visit someone from Malaga.
On the other hand, the slots are almost completely eliminated. You can go for a walk or do outdoor sports (with your respective mask when necessary) whenever you want, except between 10: 00-12: 00 and 19: 00-20: 00, which is the strip reserved for the elderly (70 years and older). However, the autonomous communities may move the strip in a two-hour window depending on the circumstances.
As for leisure activities, our colleagues from Vitónica have reviewed everything related to doing sports, both alone and in groups. Our colleagues from Motorpasión have done the same with regard to transport, so below we will review all the points to keep in mind:
- Meetings with friends: the limit becomes 15 people and we can move to a friend's house as long as he is in the same province.
- Visits to residences: you can visit people in residences by appointment, authorization from the autonomous communities and always individually. The use of protection elements is mandatory for both visitor and visited. You will not be able to go to those residences if there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 or residents in quarantine.
- Places of worship: its capacity is extended to half.
- Weddings: weddings can be held with 50% of the capacity. You cannot exceed 50 people in closed spaces or 100 people in open spaces.
- Wake: up to 15 people can attend in closed spaces and up to 25 people in open spaces, regardless of whether they are living together or not.
- Bars: it is allowed to open the interior of the premises with a limited capacity of 40% and only with table service. The terraces do not change, so the capacity is still 50%.
- Retail stores: capacity limited to 40% and application of priority hours for over 65s.
- Shopping centers: they can open, even those that exceed 400 square meters, but with a limited capacity of 40%. Recreational areas must remain closed and the distance of two meters between people must be maintained.
- Flea markets: a third of the stalls can be put up.
- Beaches: they are open and you can do sports that do not involve contact.
- Pools: both recreational and sports, indoor and outdoor pools are opened. An appointment must be made, there can only be one athlete per street and the capacity will be limited to 30%.
- Gyms and sports facilities closed: an appointment will be required for individual activities and the capacity will be limited to 30%.
- Cinemas, theaters and auditoriums: capacity limited to one third. The seats will have to be pre-assigned and a restaurant service may be provided, but not a left-luggage office or cloakroom.
- Libraries: the use of computers and computer means of common use is allowed. File lending and access to the reading room are also enabled, although with limited capacity.
- Monuments and exhibitions: the capacity is limited to a third and the visits will have to be made with people living alone or together.
- Outdoor tourism: up to 20 people per group.
- Congresses, meetings and conferences: Congress halls, conference and multipurpose rooms and other similar facilities may reopen. The limit is 30 people.
- Hotels and tourist establishments: the common areas are open as long as the capacity does not exceed 30%. Animation activities or group classes can only be done with up to 20 people.
- Professional sport: official competitions return, but always behind closed doors
What can't be done yet
We still have a little bit left to advance to Phase 3, even more so for Phase 4. Among the things that still cannot be done we find going to nightclubs (which will open in Phase 3 with a third of the capacity). In the same way, you cannot fill a cinema completely or visit monuments in large groups without an appointment. Something similar applies to gyms, to which you will have to go by appointment and not at any time.
It is also not possible to go with the children to the park or leave them in the children's areas of the shopping centers. Weddings are still limited to a maximum of 50 or 100 people, depending on whether they are indoors or outdoors, and the terraces of the bars cannot be filled. As for visiting relatives in residences, it is already possible, but with many limitations. At the moment only one person can go and if certain conditions are met, so there is still no complete freedom.
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