Covid-19 Phase II

It seems like we have been waiting for ever for this phase to kick in but now the writer is delighted to announce that as from Monday, 1 June 2020, Phase II is here for all the previously held back tourist regions. Sadly, Madrid and Castellon remain in Phase I.

What does this mean. We have written about this before but, like all good news, it is worth repeating.

  • The end of the curfew hours for those under 70 and for those not considered vulnerable. We can go for walks and sporting activities as we wish.
  • We can have meetings of up to 15 people.
  • Restaurants and bars can now open to 40% of their capacity. You can now be seated inside but there will be no bar service.
  • Commerical centres can open up to 40% of their capacity, however, common areas are to be used for access only.
  • Beaches are now open for us to enjoy, as are the chiringuitos, however, each municipality will dictate how we are to enjoy these.
  • Communities will now be able to open their communal swimming pools during this Phase but it will probably take a while for the very strict rules and regulations to be understood and adhered to. So do not expect the opening any time soon. Some communities may even keep the pools closed due to the nonsensical rules they have to implement.
  • Cinemas and theatres can open up to 30% capacity.
  • Religious venues can now open up to 50% capacity.
  • Weddings can take place with 50 guests if held indoors but this doubles to 100 if the wedding is held outdoors.
  • Funerals and wakes, if held indoors can have 15 attendees or if held outdoors can have 25.
  • Visits to nursing homes are now allowed.

It remains compulsory to wear masks if the social distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained, however, this is waived if cycling or running.

We are still restricted to travel only within our own Province, this restriction should be lifted in Phase III.

Thank you for reading. Stay safe and well.