After all non-vital businesses in Spain have been closed for two weeks, the Spanish government has announced to ease strict lockdown measures. Most of the country is now in “phase 1” of easing the lockdown, which includes more retailers opening up again. Barcelona and Madrid are currently the only two regions in “phase 0.5”, as they were hit hardest. There, only smaller shops are allowed to reopen again.
The Spanish authorities have confirmed that the transport of goods is generally considered “essential” and drivers, therefore, do not need a certificate for every shipment confirming its relevance. We are still expecting delays in the Spanish domestic networks, as many customers have now adjusted their opening times.
Spain is expected to lift the state of alarm in the upcoming days but will differentiate between regions, as the situation is not the same across the country. The following areas will start Phase 1 from the 25th of May 2020, which includes opening retail stores with less than 400m², open air markets, bars and restaurants, hotels and tourist accommodation: Andalusia (Malaga and Granada); Madrid; Catalonia (the whole territory except for the areas of Camp de Tarragona, Terres de l’Ebre and Alt-Pirineu); Castilla y León; Castilla – La Mancha (Toledo, Albacete and Ciudad Real); and Valencia.
The following areas will start Phase 2 from 25 May 2020, which included opening shopping malls, hotels, bars and restaurants can reopen inside: Andalusia (Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Huelva, Jaén, Sevilla); Aragón (Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza); Asturias; Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Menorca, Mallorca and Formentera); Canary Islands (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, El Hierro, La Graciosa and La Gomera); Cantabria - Castilla-La Mancha (Guadalajara, Cuenca); Catalonia (Camp de Tarragona, Terres de l’Ebre and Alt-Pirineu); Ceuta; Extremadura (Cáceres and Badajoz); Galicia (A Coruña, Lugo, Orense and Pontevedra); La Rioja; Melilla; Murcia; Navarra; and Basque Country (Álava, Vizcaya and Guipúzcoa).
From Thursday, 21 May 2020, the use of face masks is compulsory in all public spaces – open and closed – where social distancing cannot be respected. A distance of two meters between clients needs to be respected. Relaxations on driving and resting times have also been established and are valid until 31 May 2020. The border controls at the Spanish borders will be extended until 24 May 2020 as well. The mandatory 14-days quarantine for individuals returning from abroad, announced by the Spanish government on 12 May 2020, does not apply to drivers performing international transport operations.