Journalist, producer and media consultant based in Spain working for UK press. My focus here is safe travel and the tourism industry. I also cover current affairs, business, architecture and rural regeneration, and work / have worked for The Guardian, BBC, FT, The Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Business Life, Reader's Digest, Evening Standard.
Spain has a 4-phase plan for easing restrictions. The idea is that we reach a new normal by July 1. This is how it looked on May 11. Every two weeks, municipalities and provinces that comply with the government’s health and safety protocols and pass epidemiological checks, get to advance to the next phase. The first areas to pass to Phase 1 on May 4 were the islands of Formentera in the Balearics and La Gomera, El Hierro y La Graciosa in the Canaries.
Phase 1 means hotels can open (but not the common areas) and also the terraces of bars and restaurants (but with only 30% capacity).
Phase 2 is fairly similar – except that bars and restaurants can open inside spaces with limited capacity and social distancing between tables and customers at the bars. Cinemas, museums and theatres can open but with pre-booked time slots and 30% capacity. Up to 50 people can gather for indoor shows, and up to 400 for seated outdoor shows, but with social distancing.
Phase 3 which most provinces should reach by early June, allows people to move more freely within provinces and sees the opening of beaches and swimming pools, and a wider opening of shops although with 50% capacity.
Phase 4 is the big one when finally people are permitted to cross provincial borders.