Journalist and producer based in Spain working for UK press. My focus here is safe travel and tourism in Spain. 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.


There are four phases from lockdown to the new normality in post-COVID Spain, and on May 25 almost half the country advanced from 1 to 2. So what does that mean in day-to-day terms? And which provinces and municipalities are in phase 1?

Spain is not open to international visitors though the government has indicated that international tourism will resume in July but between countries with mutually agreed health safety standards in place. And Spanish nationals and residents still can not cross between provinces. But Phase 2 does ease the following day-to-day restrictions

Beaches and swimming pools. Physical spacing has to be observed and it is necessary to book a slot in order to visit a swimming pool where capacity is limited to 30%. 

Hotels can open their common areas but under the strict spacing and disinfecting protocols and with a third of the capacity.

Bars and restaurants can seat customers inside but at 40% capacity and 2m between tables.

Galleries, libraries and historic monuments open but at 30% of capacity. Theatres and cinemas at 30% capacity and with pre-assigned seats. Outdoor cultural events can go ahead with maximum crowds of 400 people outdoors, indoor events with 50 people. 

Births, weddings and funerals (and presumably confirmations at this time of year that traditionally is marked by mass confirmations every Saturday), can take place now with 50% capacity and limited numbers, for example a maximum of 100 wedding guests for an outdoor service and 50 indoors as long as that figure does not exceed 50% capacity for the particular venue.

Sports facilities open on the same basis, and with periods reserved for the over-70s: 10-12am and 7-8pm. Professional competitions can take place – but without spectators.

Shopping centres open but at 30% capacity in common areas. 

The provinces and municipalities in Phase 1 are shown in blue. They are Malaga, Granada, all of Valencia, Madrid, Castilla y León, parts of Lleida as well as Tarragona in Catalonia, Albacete, Toledo and Ciudad Real in Castilla La Mancha.



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This entry was posted on May 25, 2020 by in COVID, Society, Spain, Travel.