Prime Minister Sánchez speaking on Tuesday.

28-04-2020

On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Sánchez set out the Spanish government's plan for de-escalation of coronavirus restrictions.

He said that the transition will be gradual, asymmetric (therefore different according to region) and coordinated. There will be a "gradual recovery by phases for which the unit will be the province or the island"; there will be no movement between provinces or islands.

In Phase 0, there will, for example, be takeaway from restaurants with prior appointment; individual training for professional athletes and professional leagues.

In Phase 1, certain activities will be allowed to start, such as small retailers under strict security conditions, but not shopping centres. Terraces will be opened with an occupancy of 30% and there will be preferential hours for people over 65. Hotels can open with restrictions and avoiding common areas; places of worship with a capacity of one third; the opening of high-performance centres and training for professional leagues. Face masks for public transport will be recommended.

In Phase 2, restaurants will open at 30% occupancy; schools will open for refresher activities or for children under six if the parents work (they will fully open in September); cultural facilities with a third of capacity; shows with fewer than 50 people in closed environments or 400 outdoors; and places of worship will raise their capacity to 50%.

In Phase 3 in the commercial sector, capacity will be limited to 50%. Restrictions on restaurants and mobility will be relaxed.

Each phase will have a minimum duration of two weeks. In the best case, the transition will have a minimum duration of six weeks, one and a half months - a maximum of eight weeks for the whole of Spain. By the end of June we will be at a situation of the "new normality".

On 4 May, Phase 0 will start. Gomera, El Hierro, Graciosa and Formentera will be at the forefront of the de-escalation for a few days, starting with phase 1. On 11 May, all provinces that meet the requirements will pass to Phase 1. "We will not all advance at the same speed, but with the same rules."

At the conclusion of the three phases, each province will have adapted to the new normality. Social and economic restrictions will end, but epidemiological surveillance and hygiene measures will continue. The de-escalation will be asymmetric.

"We are planning a horizon of between six and eight weeks. The state of alarm has been used to stop the Covid-19, and we shall be proposing a further 15-day extension.

"Following last Sunday's experience, the health ministry is studying the possibility of scheduling when people can go out. We will give more specific details in a few days."

Additional detail: The prime minister said that it will not be possible during Phase 0 to go to a friend or relative's home, suggesting that this will be the case by Phase 1. Travel from one province to another will not be possible until the situation of new normality is reached, i.e. by the end of June. But there will be the earlier possibility for this in the event of a death in the family.

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Zoe / Hace about 1 year

@Mark Badoer, Didn't we hear that the German cases have shut up after lock down was lifted? Maybe it is for once the German government have to learn from Spanish. Lives are more important than money. economy can be built up again (admittedly not easy) but bringing loved ones from death is impossible!!!

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ab / Hace about 1 year

It's the usual complete bloody mess. Everyone is confused, no one knows that the rules are and the government has decided to make it as complicated as possible.

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Pamela Archer / Hace about 1 year

I don't agree that certain age groups should only be allowed to go out for walks at set times. Many people with disabilities such as severe arthritis take a long time to get up and get ready in the morning and they couldn't be limited to walking early in the day. In my opinion the best time for older people to walk is late afternoon when it is cooler.

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JImbo / Hace about 1 year

I understand everyone needs to be careful and caution needs to be exercised, but why are the elderly constantly being penalised? There are many over 65's that exercise daily, by means of walking, cycling, gym etc and do this is many cases as they have experienced health problems in the past, e.g heart. In most cases they are more healthy than people younger, so why are they constantly being restricted to times, location and whatever.

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Mark Badoer / Hace about 1 year

Just spoken to one of my mallorquin friends who owns 14 hotels on Mallorca. He is not even going to bother opening them anymore this year. It's cheaper. This governement is responsible for a mountain of debt, unemployment, misery and no doubt a multitide of suicides. I hope it haunts Pedro and his communist buddies for the rest of their lives.

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Mike / Hace about 1 year

Palma airport is expecting 7.7m passengers this year instead of 29.7m and they agree that is optimistic. Half those 7.7m are Spanish and visiting friends etc. So not high spending. Most passengers will arrive after the summer. So the one quarter of tourists figure is actually skewed and there will be virtually no tourism July to Sept. It doesn't take a business genius to work out that if you have a business that relies on summer tourism, you don't have a business. In places like Palma Nova, Magaluf and Paguera in Calvia I don't see how a single establishment can survive.

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Phil / Hace about 1 year

Re the article in MDB 25 April. You ARE allowed to exercise on your own from Sat 2 May, be it walking, running or cycling. The Mallorcan president is still trying to get Madrid to agree that certain age groups can only go out at certain times, but I dont think its gone anywhere.

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Mark Badoer / Hace about 1 year

This whole North Korean style governing that Pedro Sanchez and his buddies do, will not last. I am actually not joking, when I refer to North Korea, as it starts feeling very uncomfortable to live here. But, I have good hopes that either this government will fall, as they cannot beg enough money in Europe or people will rise up against this impotent government.

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Britbabe / Hace about 1 year

If you take into account that many businesses, shops, hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, nurseries, etc will never re-open, meaning that thousands will be out of work, or that people with more than a few brain cells will not revive the traditional greetings kiss, or that people will be paranoid every time they cough, I suppose you could say that things will get back to "normal" one day.

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Mark / Hace about 1 year

You cannot favour one person over another it is a breach of your human rights it’s all or nothing civil unrest will ensue and if it does it will be the same old story DOWN TO THE GOVERNMENT,,!,

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