MADRID | The Madrid and Barcelona were on Monday, their friends, their parks and their terraces after ten weeks of a sub-the strictest in the world, while the inhabitants of other Spanish regions less affected by the pandemic can again enjoy the pleasures of bathing in the sea.
Madrid, Barcelona and a large part of the region of Castile-León (north of the capital) started to turn the first phase of a déconfinement progressive than the rest of the country has started in recent weeks.
The two largest cities in the country have been hardest hit by the pandemic of the new coronavirus which has a 28-752 dead and infected 235 772 people in Spain.
Their people can now gather in groups of ten maximum, at home or on the terraces of bars and restaurants, whose capacity is however limited.
In Madrid, where the parks were closed since mid-march, the gates of the Retiro park have reopened, and hundreds of People ran or walked early in the morning. “I came to see the sunrise on the lake before 7 am, the park I missed a lot”, told AFP Alfonso López, architect to the retirement of 67-year-old.
As all Spaniards, however, he must continue to wear the mask, which is mandatory in the buildings and on the public highway when it is not possible to keep a safety distance of two meters.
In Barcelona (north-east), the country’s second city, Nacho García, director of the restaurant Barna Beach, kicked him in big drops going up the terrace on the beach of the Barceloneta.
“We very much want to resume, I have employees who would cry almost of joy. They were in part-time unemployment, and many of them had not yet received the compensation,” said the young man 28 years of age.
Nearly half of the country — some 22 million inhabitants on the 47 account of the Spain — pass to the second phase of the déconfinement by steps, which should be spread until the end of June.
The restaurants can reopen their rooms, limiting the number of clients, and the outputs, for walking or sport, is no longer limited to certain hours of the day.
And most importantly, while the heat have started, swimming pools and beaches can reopen as in the Balearic and Canary islands or in a large part of Andalusia, but always with strict security measures.
Some cities, including Barcelona, had already opened their beaches in recent weeks, but only for the sport or the walk.
The ministry of Health recommends limiting the number of visitors to the beaches, to delineate spaces for each group and spacing the umbrellas of 4 metres.
For the moment, only the local will benefit, since travel from one province to the other will remain banned and that the foreigners who arrive in Spain must observe a quarantine of fifteen days.
The government, however, provides for re-opening the borders to foreign tourists in July.
The restrictions imposed during confinement as decreed in mid-march were among the most stringent in the world. For a month and a half, the Spaniards did not practically able to put the nose outside and their children remained cooped up.
This thoroughness and slowness of déconfinement have generated a discontent that was expressed gradually through concerts of pots and pans and demonstrations, encouraged by the extreme-right party Vox.
It was convened successfully on Saturday, the protests of thousands of cars that have crowded the centre of the major cities of the country, their drivers honking and waving the Spanish flag-red, yellow, and red, to denounce the government.