Spain facilitates locking of Covid-19 in Madrid and Barcelona and reopens beaches

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                Les mesures de verrouillage du coronavirus seront enfin assouplies pour les habitants de Madrid et de Barcelone à partir de lundi, tandis qu'ailleurs en Espagne, les premières plages devraient rouvrir.
            

Les habitants des deux villes peuvent désormais se retrouver en groupe de 10 personnes maximum à domicile ou sur les terrasses des bars et restaurants.

The gates of the capital’s parks will also be reopened, and large museums will be able to accommodate a limited number of visitors.

The most populated regions of Madrid and Barcelona in the country, and much of Castile-Leon in the north-west are entering the first phase of Spain’s four-phase deconfinement program, after what has been one of the strictest closings in the world.

These regions are on a slower deconfinement path as they have suffered the full brunt of the pandemic in Spain, which has killed more than 28,700 people to date, one of the highest in the world.

Everyone should continue to wear a mask, which is already mandatory in buildings and on public roads when it is not possible to keep a distance of two meters (six feet).

The rest of the country, meanwhile – 22 million out of Spain’s 47 million inhabitants – is moving on to the second phase, which should last until the end of June.

Restaurants can then reopen to a limited number of customers, and outings for walks or sports will no longer be limited at certain times of the day.

As the summer heat arrives, the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean coast and much of Andalusia, as well as the Balearic and Canary Islands, are open for swimming, subject to safety precautions.

The Ministry of Health recommends limiting the number of visitors to the beaches, creating limits and spacing the umbrellas four meters away.

Only locals will benefit from it at this time. Travel between regions is always prohibited and foreigners arriving in Spain must be quarantined for 14 days.

But the government plans to reopen the borders to foreign tourists in July.

The lockdown, in effect since mid-March, has been among the most severe in the world.

During the first weeks, the Spanish could barely set foot outside and their children were kept inside.

Many residents have become impatient with the government’s slow and prudent process of lifting the restrictions.

Thousands of people demonstrated in a car Saturday in major Spanish cities at the behest of the far-right Vox party.

The drivers honked their horns, waved Spanish flags and hit pots and pans to denounce the management of the coronavirus crisis by the left government of Pedro Sanchez.

(AFP)

            

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