DIARIO SUR- Guide to phase 2 in Malaga and province
what is allowed to do in this new stage of de-escalation?
From Monday June 1 the province will enjoy more freedoms and fewer restrictions. These are the news In Malaga the de-escalation continues its progress and there is a new date marked on the calendar. This June 1, the province goes one step further and enters Phase 2.
An added leap in the fight to contain the virus that will bring more freedoms to reach that ‘new normal’ with progressive measures of population lack of confidence and reactivation of the economy.
Among the main novelties, shopping malls, cultural spaces reopen and social contacts are allowed in larger groups. In this intermediate phase, which should last two weeks if there are no setbacks, the aforementioned relaxation of restrictions will be especially noticeable in the area of consumption and daytime leisure alternatives.
Thus, the partial opening of restaurants with table service (not only inside terraces), common areas of tourist accommodation or large shopping areas is proposed. Of course, the safety and hygiene measures established by the health authorities must be respected and, in particular, those related to maintaining a minimum safety distance of at least two meters.
This will be the new stage:
Displacement and mobility:
In phase 2, only displacement through the province, island or territorial unit of reference continues to be allowed. The conditions for moving by car do not change with respect to the previous phase, except for the fact that the list of places to go to is now more extensive. As it has been done until now, the inhabitants of a home will be able to occupy all the seats of the same vehicle without the need to wear a mask, while if those interested do not live together they will be able to travel two for each row and with a mask. Meetings: Starting on Monday, those who enter phase 2 will be able to hold meetings of up to 15 people (in phase 1 the maximum was 10 individuals), although distance must be guaranteed.
Thus, as is already the case, during social contacts with non-cohabiting third parties, the safety and hygiene measures established by the health authorities must be respected: minimum safety distance of two meters, hand hygiene and respiratory label.
As confirmed this Thursday by Health, in phase 2, the time bands for population groups will be eliminated, with the exception of leaving a shift for vulnerable groups, particularly those over 70 years of age (initially between 10:00 and 12.00 and between 19.00 and 20.00). In this way, just as it was approved days ago for population centers of up to 10,000 inhabitants, there will be no fixed schedule as until now to go for a walk, enjoy the outdoors with children or play sports.
The Ministry of Health has decided to make walks in phase 1 and phase 2 more flexible so that up to 10 people can take them in phase 1 and up to 15 in phase two.
Starting on Monday in the territories that enter phase 2, it can be consumed within the hotel and restaurant establishments, with a maximum capacity of 40%, although the autonomous communities may modify this maximum capacity between 30 and 50% . Health also establishes that consumption within the premises may only be done sitting at the table and preferably by prior reservation. In no case will self-service at the bar by the customer be accepted. However, nightclubs and bars will still be closed at this stage.
The outdoor terraces of the hotel establishments will continue to limit 50% of the tables, with a maximum occupancy of 10 people. As is already the case, between one client and another the premises must proceed to clean and disinfect the equipment, particularly tables, chairs, as well as any other contact surface.
In phase 2, as a novelty, in tourist establishments, common areas may be reopened to the public, provided that it does not exceed a third of its capacity and the measures established in the field of hospitality and catering are maintained. Animation activities or group classes must be organized with a maximum capacity of 20 people and respecting the minimum safety distance between people and between them and the entertainer. They will be carried out preferably outdoors and the exchange of objects will be avoided.
Phase 2 of the de-escalation will allow swimming pools. Of course, they will be restrooms with restrictions and security measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The recreational pools will open in phase 2 as long as the maximum capacity of 30% of its capacity is maintained. If it is not possible to maintain the safety distance between users – 2 meters – the capacity will be further reduced. To access the pool it will be necessary to make an appointment with the managing entity of the installation. For this, schedules will be organized in shifts, outside of which “it will not be possible to stay in the facility”.
Beaches: You will be able to access the beaches of the same province, island or territorial unit of reference established in the de-escalation plan. Users of these spaces must also keep a minimum safety distance of at least two meters, or, failing that, implement alternative measures “of physical protection, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette,” specifies the BOE. The groups should be a maximum of fifteen people, except in the case of people living together. The practice of sports, professional or recreational activities is allowed on the beach, provided they can be carried out individually and without physical contact, allowing a minimum distance of two meters to be maintained between the participants.
Shopping centers and stores of more than 400 meters:
According to the BOE: “It may proceed to reopen to the public all retail establishments and commercial premises and professional services activities whose activity had been suspended after the declaration of the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19, regardless of its useful exhibition and sales area ».
That yes, with some guidelines of capacity and restrictions: «It will be possible to reopen the public to shopping centers and parks, prohibiting the permanence in the common areas or recreational areas and limiting the capacity of the commercial establishments located in them to 40% ». The capacity is limited to 30% of its common areas. Recreational areas such as children’s areas, toy libraries or rest areas may not be used, and must still be closed at this stage. In the case of establishments or premises distributed over several plants, the BOE clarifies: “the presence of customers in each of them must keep this same proportion,” he says. In any case, a minimum distance of two meters between clients must be guaranteed. In addition, businesses that open their doors must establish a service schedule with priority service for people over 65.
Flea markets: The limitation to one third of the usual or authorized positions will be guaranteed, limiting the influx of customers, so as to ensure the maintenance of the social distance of two meters. It will be ensured that the products marketed are not manipulated by consumers.
Weddings: From phase 2 the matrimonial links can be made in all kinds of facilities, public or private, as long as they do not exceed 50% of their capacity. A maximum of 100 people can attend in open spaces or 50 people in closed spaces, maintaining social distance, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
Wakings may be held with a maximum limit of 25 people in open spaces or 15 people in closed spaces, regardless of whether they are living together. The procession for the farewell of the deceased person is restricted to a maximum of 25 people and always respecting the distance and hygiene measures.
Places of worship: Attendance at places of worship will be allowed as long as it does not exceed 50% of its capacity – in phase 1 it was 30%. The safety distance of at least two meters between people will be maintained. The maximum capacity must be published in a visible place in the space for worship.
Active and nature tourism activities may be carried out in groups of up to 20 people, these activities should be arranged preferably by appointment. In this phase, also, as published in the BOE on the 27th, it is already allowed for everyone to hike or go on an excursion to the countryside, without it being necessary as until now that our home is less than a kilometer from the space we want to visit. The only limit would be to respect the age group, between 10 and 12 in the morning and in the afternoon from seven to eight.
Cinemas, theaters and auditoriums:
Cinemas, theaters and auditoriums may reopen as long as they have pre-assigned seats and do not exceed a third of the authorized capacity. In the case of other venues and establishments intended for cultural acts and shows, the resumption of the activity will be subject to some requirements: If it is held indoors, it cannot exceed a third of the authorized capacity, nor gather more than 50 people. In the case of outdoor activities, the public must remain seated, keeping the necessary distance and may not exceed a third of the authorized capacity, or gather more than 400 people.
Professional congresses and business meetings:
From May 25, congresses, meetings, business meetings and conferences promoted by any public or private entities will also be allowed. For these purposes, congress pavilions, conference rooms, multipurpose rooms and other similar establishments and facilities will be opened.
Visits to residences:
The autonomous communities may allow visits to the residents of sheltered homes, residential centers for people with disabilities and residential centers for the elderly in their territorial area. Health establishes that they will be carried out preferably in exceptional cases, such as the end of life or the relief of neurocognitive decompensation of the resident. In addition, the visit must be previously arranged.
The capacity will be reduced to 30 percent. It is not allowed to hold openings that could lead to crowds of people in a closed space.
The capacity is also reduced to a third of its capacity. Only individual visits, or visits by cohabitants are allowed, avoiding the carrying out of parallel or complementary activities unrelated to the visit itself.
Consultation activities may be carried out in the room provided that a third of the capacity is not exceeded.
Athletes integrated into clubs participating in non-professional leagues will be able to carry out basic training, individually, in the training centers available to the clubs or in other types of facilities that are open to the public. Professional leagues will be developed whenever possible in turns, avoiding exceeding 50% of the facility’s capacity for athletes. The competition will resume without an audience and behind closed doors. LaLiga matches, the ACB or MotoGP races may be held if sanitary conditions allow it, but the general public will only watch these events on TV.
The BOE establishes, among other measures, that the competent educational administrations may provide for the “flexibility” of the containment measures and the resumption of face-to-face activities in the non-university educational field and training, provided that progression is agreed to phase 2 or later in a certain territorial area. Holders are also allowed to open academies and driving schools, limiting their capacity to 1/3 and prioritizing online training.
In phase 2, the Ministry of Health continues to recommend telework whenever possible. In addition, it establishes that the companies, shops, educational centers and other entities that can reopen from phase 2 must comply with hygiene or prevention measures for their workers. You also need to supply them with hydroalcoholic gels or disinfectants.