PRIME MINISTER SANCHEZ OUTLINES PROPOSED STEPS FOR DE-ESCALATION OF LOCKDOWN
The Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez and his team, have designed a de-escalation plan on how to return to a ‘new normality’ and reopen businesses after quarantine.
The de-escalation phase will be asymmetrical and applied equally to all areas of the country, which will start on phase 0, but areas including La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa and Formentera, will start at phase 1 due to their low numbers and favourable conditions of coronavirus.
The steps and rules will be set by the central government, but each autonomous area will begin to de-escalate at different times and rates depending on their own situation.
The phases outlined below have been created by analysing other countries responses to this crisis whilst adapting them to Spain’s situation and culture. Sanchez confirms that the only goal of this phased approach is to gradually return to a new normality, whilst we find a cure for the coronavirus but only whilst prioritising the stability of Spain’s health system and the health of its residents.
Each phase will take at least two weeks to transition to the next one, and caution has been taken because symptoms take 14 days to show and therefore the situation can be controlled, so any negative impact is seen.
This is the phase we are currently in, it can be considered to be the ‘preparation phase.’
This phase includes some changes made in the last week, such as allowing children to go for short walks with their parents
This initial phase will allow each province to open retail and trade establishments albeit under strict security protocols, however this will not include large shopping centres or leisure complexes.
Individuals over the age of 65 will have a designated time to enjoy these shops as they are the largest risk group.
Cultural establishments may open but they must limit their capacities to 50 per cent.
Face masks and protective gear will be strongly recommended on public transport.
Professionals and individuals can return to training.
Businesses who take advanced bookings can also open.
Hotels and tourist accommodations will be allowed to reopen however they must close common spaces.
Bar and restaurant terraces will also be allowed to open but at a limited capacity and always when respecting the new security protocols.
This phase is the intermediate transitional period which will allow restaurants to open and begin serving tables inside.
Cultural events will be allowed to happen however there will be an attendance limit of 40 people.
If this event is open air and everyone has an assigned seat then the maximum capacity will be 400 people.
If all the measures and data correlate effectively, then general mobility will be more flexible.
This is the most advanced phase and will increase maximum capacity at establishments to 50 per cent.
Face masks and protective gear will still be recommended.