La Graciosa, La Gomera and El Hierro the first regions in Spain to ease restrictions

Published on April 29, 2020
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The three Canary Islands: La Graciosa, La Gomera and El Hierro will go into phase 1 of easing the restrictions on May 4th. The rest of the islands will have to wait and see how the number of infections evolves.

The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, announces that these three islands begin the de-escalation on May 4, moving from phase zero in which they are now to phase one, the initial phase of de-escalation.

Thus, La Graciosa, La Gomera and El Hierro, will be the first places in Spain to ease the lockdown conditions, along with the island of Formentera, in the Balearic Islands. All these islands were chosen due to their low rate of coronavirus infections. These islands are now free of COVID-19 or have a sporadic incidence at this time, so they will go directly to phase 1 starting on May 4.

This will mean that free movement within the island will be allowed, and some businesses may begin to open, but with restrictions.

Phase zero in the rest of the islands and the peninsular territory

Phase zero will begin on May 4 throughout Spain with the exception of the islands of La Gomera, La Graciosa and El Hierro, and Formentera in the Balearic Islands, which will already be in phase 1.

The Government's objective is that one week later On May 11, all the provinces enter phase 1. Thereafter, each phase will last at least two weeks - the incubation period for the virus - but the government plans the entire plan to last eight weeks at most, so until the end of June.

In public transport the use of masks will be highly recommended in all phases and also in the "new normality", only then will displacement between provinces be possible. 

The four phases for de-escalation announced by the Spanish prime minister

Phase 0 Current Phase: It is the preparation phase of the de-escalation, in which Spain is now. In addition to the relief measures, such as allowing the kids to go out for walks since April 26, some businesses will also be opened only by appointment. In addition, the opening of restaurants with home delivery will gradually be allowed. Another example will be the opening of the possibility of doing basic training for professional leagues and individual athletes.

Phase 1: Initial Phase. Movement in the province will be allowed, with the partial start of some activities. The small commerce will be able to open with restrictions, but not yet the big commercial centers with big crowds. For example, in this phase the opening of terraces at 30% capacity will be allowed, as well as tourist complexes and hotels, but with capacity restrictions regarding the public areas.

Phase 2: Intermediate. Restaurants will be able to open, but only for table service. The school year will begin again in September. Visits to cultural centers will be possible, but only with a third of their usual capacity. Outdoor cultural events will also be allowed, but with less than 400 people and respecting the social distance

Phase 3: Advanced. General mobility will be made more flexible, but using a mask will be recommended. In this phase, the beaches and natural spaces will open.

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