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Madrid moves into Phase 2: what this means

Restaurants and bars open their interiors, swimming pools open, and more, as Madrid moves into Phase 2 of de-escalation

By Jan Fleischer and Time Out Madrid editors
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After a successful couple of weeks in Phase 1, Madrid moves into Phase 2 of de-escalation on Monday, June 8. What's changed, what's allowed and what's not? We summarise it for you here, and encourage everyone to continue acting responsibly and complying with established safety measures.

Head to most any establishment you want. Shops of all sizes are able to open, as long as they keep to a maximum of 40 percent of their capacity and can guarantee a minimum distance of 2 metres between customers, and customers and staff.

- See a film or a play. That's right, in Phase 2 you can go to cinemas, theatres and auditoriums. A maximum of 50 audience members can be in attendance at indoor performances, and a maximum of 400 outdoors.

- Visit a shopping centre. Larger spaces, including shopping centres, can open their doors now, as long as they keep to a maximum of 30 percent of their capacity in the main areas, while individual shops can expand that to a maximum of 40 percent of their capacity.

- Shop at outdoor markets. Street markets are back with precautions: they can open to the public with 30 percent of their capacity of stalls.

- Eat and drink inside restaurants and bars. You can still enjoy the outdoor experience on restaurant and bar terraces, but in Phase 2 you can venture inside as well. Maximum capacities must be kept to 40 percent, and for now you must eat or drink seated at tables, not standing or sitting at the bar. 

- Stay in a hotel. Hotels can welcome visitors once again. Access to common areas is allowed, but at a maximum of 30 percent of their capacity and with the necessary safety measures in place.

- Visit with friends or family in residences. If you've got loved ones in nursing homes or centres for the elderly, you can visit as long as there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 and no residents in quarantine. 

- Splash around in a swimming pool. It's getting warmer outside, so it's great timing for public swimming pools to open. They must do so with a limit to 30 percent of their maximum capacity, and you can go with advance booking only. The use of locker rooms, changing rooms, showers, and water fountains is prohibited.

- Visit the library. With Phase 2 comes the opening of computer and catalogue areas in the libraries, as long as they are kept to 30 percent of their maximum capacity.

 

 

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