Phase 3 of the de-escalation: what can be done (and what not) in the provinces that advance on June 8

Little by little, the restrictions imposed by the alarm state are relaxing. As of June 8, 52% of the Spanish population will go to Phase 3, while the remaining 48% will advance to Phase 2. Therefore, it is necessary to review which territories are going to pass to the new phase and what is can do from next Monday.

Territories that pass to Phase 3

As we can see on the map published by the Ministry of Health, the territories that will go to Phase 3 of the de-escalation are as follows. Those not mentioned go to phase 2.

  • Andalusia
  • Aragon
  • Asturias
  • Balearic Islands *
  • Canary Islands*
  • Cantabria
  • Castilla-La Mancha: Guadalajara and Cuenca.
  • Catalonia: Alt Pirineu i Aran, Terres de l'Ebre and Camp de Tarragona health regions.
  • Extemadura
  • Galicia
  • The Rioja
  • Navarre
  • Melilla
  • Murcia
  • Basque Country

** The Islands of Formentera (Balearic Islands) and La Gomera, El Hierro and Graciosa (Canary Islands) already went to phase 3 on June 1. *

What can be done in Phase 3

Although some territories pass phase, restrictions on mobility between provinces remain. Those who live in Seville will only be able to move within Seville, to give an example, however, it will be up to the Autonomous Communities to determine how mobility will be between provinces in this new phase.

Regarding the obligatory use of masks, it is still in force as before. With the few exceptions contemplated by the BOE, all citizens over the age of six will have to wear them on public roads, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, provided that they are not It is possible to maintain an interpersonal safety distance of at least two meters.

Having said which, these are the novelties contemplated by Phase 3 of the de-escalation:

  • Meetings with friends: the limit is extended to 20 people.
  • Walks: time slots for all groups are eliminated.
  • Social contact: it is allowed with non vulnerable people or with previous pathologies.
  • Public transport: they begin to work at 100%.
  • Work environment: protocols for face-to-face reincorporation to companies for work activity (use of PPE and / or other security measures) will be developed, with staggered hours and conciliation guarantees.

Bars and restaurants: the use of the bar with two meters of separation between customers is allowed and the capacity is increased to 50% as long as the safety distance can be guaranteed. The terrace can also be opened to 75% of its capacity.

Shopping centers: the capacity (both the shopping center and the establishments) is expanded to 50% and the common and recreational areas are opened. The safety distance must be maintained.

Worship: the capacity becomes 75%, but the appropriate security measures must be followed.

Weddings: the maximum capacity outdoors and indoors is extended to 150 and 75 people, respectively. In no case may 75% of the capacity of the venue be exceeded.

Wake: the maximum capacity becomes 50 people in open air events, burials or cremations, and 25 in closed spaces.

Flea markets: the number of stalls may be expanded up to 50% of the total.

Hotels and tourism: the capacity increases to 50% and the common areas are opened with a capacity limited to one third.

Sport: the games return with a capacity limited to one third and maintaining the safety distance between the attendees. Sports activities in closed spaces may be held, provided they are not contact sports and with one assistant for every 20 square meters. You can go to the gyms, but you will have a capacity limited to half and you will not be able to use the changing rooms.Pools and sports centers may also open at 30% capacity.

Cinemas, theaters and auditoriums: they can work if they have pre-assigned seats and do not exceed half the capacity of each room. Congresses with up to 80 participants may be held

Leisure: zoos and aquariums open to 50% of the capacity. Groups for active tourism activities become up to 30 people and guides will be allowed in groups of up to 20 people, although audio guides or brochures cannot be distributed. You can also do cultural activities in libraries and museums and bathing on the beach will be allowed while keeping your distance.

Gambling venues, casinos and games rooms: they will be able to open at 50% capacity and they will have to clean the chips and cards every two hours.

What can not be done

The "new normal" is getting closer, but for the moment there are still things that cannot be done. There is still time to go back to see crowded soccer stadiums or celebrate events with many people. At the moment, it is also not possible to travel for other important reasons to other provinces, although the BOE that will be published on Saturday should clear up the doubts.

On June 21, the sixth and last extension of the state of alarm ends, so the mobility restrictions throughout Spain will end, regardless of the Phase in which each territory is. Theoretically, by that date some provinces should move to Phase 3 and others advance to the new normal, but without a state of alarm there is no legal instrument to control mobility.

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