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What changes with Madrid’s ‘new normal’? Two more phases and restrictions in place until July 20th

Spain’s state of emergency finally comes to an end on Sunday but that doesn’t mean the whole nation returns to normal.

What changes with Madrid’s 'new normal'? Two more phases and restrictions in place until July 20th
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While 78 percent of Spain has already advanced to Phase 3, the final stage before the transition to the new normal, Madrid is still officially in Phase 2.

So what happens next?

Regional authorities will take over responsibility for lifting restrictions from Sunday and in Madrid they have outlined a new plan which takes over from the Phase 3 rules that have been imposed across the rest of Spain.

Regional authorities in Madrid on Friday announced a two-step plan beginning on Sunday night when the state of emergency ends and advancing to a second step a fortnight later from July 6th.

 Here is a breakdown of the rules:

As a general rule, the capacity of enclosed spaces (shops, commercial centres, restaurants, markets)  will be restricted to 60 percent of usual occupancy extending to 75 percent after July 6th.

Outdoor spaces such as terraces will be 80 percent in the first phase followed by a return to 100 percent occupancy after July 6th as long as social distancing measures (of 1.5 metres) are respected, masks are worn and general hygiene measures in place.

Nightclubs will remain closed until July 6th.

These restrictions (60 percent occupancy until July 6th and 75 percent after) are also in place for cinemas, museums, theatres, amusement parks, zoos, auditoriums and arenas –  including the bullring – and at conferences.

Weddings and funerals

Funerals and must not exceed 75 percent of the venue’s usual capacity  and with a maximum of 50 people outside or 25 people inside.

Weddings must also not exceed 75 percent occupancy of the venue but with a maximum of 150 in the open air or 75 inside.

Swimming pools

Municipal swimming pools run by the Communidad will open in Madrid on July 1 but will be subject to restrictions on occupancy during the first phase being limited to 50 percent as will private pools in urbanisations.

From July 6th, full occupancy will be allowed as long as users maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others.

Children’s playgrounds

These will remain closed until further notice.

Fiestas and festivals

These are on hold until authorities determine that they will be safe to go ahead depending on the epidemiological evolution of the coronavirus.

Travel

For the first time since March 14th when the state of emergency was declared and people were confined to their homes, freedom of movement has resumed across Spain and people will be allowed to travel outside their province to other parts of Spain.

Remember:

Social distancing is still necessary from those who are not within your household and the wearing of masks is mandatory if social distancing can’t be guaranteed.

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When and where will face masks still be mandatory in Spain?

Masks will soon no longer be mandatory on public transport in Spain, but when and where will they still be obligatory?

When and where will face masks still be mandatory in Spain?

Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias confirmed on January 26th that face masks would no longer be compulsory on public transport, a measure that has been in place in Spain for almost three years.  

She added that it would be approved at the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System on Tuesday, February 7th.  

Then on Thursday, February 2nd Darias elaborated further, confirming that as well as on public transport masks will not be required in health establishments such as opticians, hearing and orthopaedic centres, where they had been up until now.  

She said that they will, however, still be mandatory in all other health centres, pharmacies and hospitals, as well as in care homes.

The Spanish government will approve the measure on Tuesday February 7th and it will enter into force when it is published in the Official State Bulletin (BOE), which usually occurs the following day.

READ ALSO: Spain announces end of public transport face mask rule

This means that most likely from February 8th masks will no longer be required on public transport, but you will still have to wear them in pharmacies and hospitals and doctors’ offices. 

The use of masks ceased to be mandatory outdoors almost a year ago, on February 10th, 2022.

Then, two months later on April 20th, the government announced they wouldn’t be required indoors either, except in health centres and on public transport. 

Covid-19 controls at airports in Spain

Darias also announced the results of the controls carried out by the Foreign Health Department on travellers coming on direct flights from China.

Controls have been carried out on a total of 1,765 travellers and three people have tested positive for Covid-19, she confirmed.

The three positives were confirmed by PCR and the virus was sequenced, showing that it was the same strain that is currently already dominant in Spain. 

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