Comunidad Valenciana will move to Phase 2 of the Government's
phased de-escalation schedule on Monday 1st June, it
has been confirmed by Health Minister Salvador Illa.
The region joins some 70% of the population of Spain
in entering the second half of the controlled lifting
of the lockdown which has confined the nation to its
homes since mid-March. Phase 2 allows a greater freedom
of movement for walks and physical activity, bars to
open their interior spaces, access to beaches and shopping
centres to open, albeit with required capacity limitations
and health and safety procedural requirements.
one of the most important features of Phase 2, the details
of which were outlined in State Order SND/414/2020,
published in BOE-A-2020-5088 on May 16th, is the
lifting of restrictions on walks and physical activity.
From Monday 1st June, children and adults will be leave
the house and go for a walk or engage in a physical
activity such as jogging, running, cycling, etc. in
any part of the province with no time or distance limit,
except for senior citizens aged 70 years and over who
are still restricted to 10.00am-12.00pm and 7.00pm to
8.00pm for their daily exercise. The requirements for
health and safety remain, such as social distancing
of at least two metres. (SND/414/2020
Chapter II Article 7 Section 1 & 2 and Fifth Additional Provision).
regards to jobs, working from home is still to be encouraged
for those employees who are able to do so. All business
owners and manages who do re-open their premises
must comply with hygiene and prevention measures for
employees, including the use of authorised gels and
disinfectants and adequate protective equipment if an
interpersonal distance of at least two metres cannot
be guaranteed - and employees need to be trained in
its proper use. (SND/414/2020
Chapter Article 3 and Article 4).
can also re-open but with established limitations on
access and capacity in order to guarantee social distancing
of at least two metres between bathers. Some municipalities
have already been looking at roping off individual areas
for bathers and the State Order has detailed that it
considers that each bather will occupy four square metres
of beach area to assist municipalities in determining
the maximum capacity. The Order also suggests the
use of time slots to allow as many people as possible
to enjoy the beach. Outdoor showers, footbaths, toilets
and changing rooms can open but limited to one person
at a time whilst jet skis, pedal boats, etc. can be
offered for hire but all equipment must be properly
cleaned and disinfected between use. (SND/414/2020
Chapter X Article 46 with appropriate amendments SND/445/2020).
and restaurants may re-open the interior spaces but
only to a maximum of 40% of their certified occupancy
limit. Drinks and food can only be consumed at a table
and clients will not be able to stand or sit at the
bar. All other requirements established in Phase 1 remain. (SND/414/2020
Chapter IV with appropriate amendments SND/445/2020).
swimming pools can re-open with a maximum capacity of
30% of the certified occupancy limit, provided that
social distancing of at least two metres by users can
be guaranteed. Visits to the pool have to be pre-booked
and a time slot will be issued for its use; users cannot
remain in the pool area longer than their assigned time.
Chapter X Article 44).
sports centre can re-open to a limited capacity of 30%
of normal capacity and their use has to be
controlled by an appointment system to minimise the
accumulation of people. Individual sports and those
played by a maximum of two people without physical contact are
Chapter VIII Article 42).
and tourist accommodation can re-open their communal
areas but capacity must be limited to a third of the
occupancy limit set by the venue. The requirements for
the bar and restaurants above also apply to hotel and
tourist accommodation facilities. Swimming pools and
spas can be re-opened but must follow guidelines established
by the venue in accordance with standards established
by the health authorities with regards to occupancy
limits, pre-booking and assigned time slots, etc. (SND/414/2020
Chapter VII Article 22 & 23).
and theatre can re-open but only with pre-assigned seating
and a capacity of no more than one-third of the authorised
occupancy limit. Online or phone sales of tickets are
recommended and card payment should be encouraged at
box offices to avoid the use of cash. (SND/414/2020
Chapter VIII Article 38).
retail and commercial premises can re-open, regardless
of surface area, so long as the total capacity is reduced
to 40% and an interpersonal distance of at least two
metres can be guaranteed. Shopping centers can re-open
but the communal areas will have limited capacity and
loitering will not be permitted in those common areas
other than in bar and restaurant facilities which
comply with the established regulations for their opening.
Recreational areas such as children's play zones and
rest areas will remain closed and shops will be limited
to 40% of their maximum capacity with all required health
and safety protocols to be followed. (SND/414/2020
to read the State Order SND/414/2020 for more details.
Date: Friday 29th May 2020