The Andalusian Government has transferred to the Government of Spain this Monday a proposal for unconfinement in this community, where the incidence level of the spread of coronavirus and the hospital pressure of the epidemic is much lower than the national average.
The calendar proposed by the Board, and which must pass through the filter and authorization of the Ministry of Health, is as follows: on May 1, older people could take to the streets and individual sports activities would be allowed, something that is already the central government has confirmed; on May 3 religious celebrations will resume; on May 10, the family unit, all members, will be authorized to go outside, keeping the safety precautions; on May 11, the hairdressing salons, beauty centers and shops would reopen; on May 18 funerals would resume without a wake; on May 25 the bars, restaurants and cafes would reopen; and lastly, the opening of hotels and beaches in Andalusia is planned for the first fortnight of June.
This calendar is attached to a series of security and virus prevention recommendations. For example, in bars and restaurants it is requested “not to share plates or cutlery, that only individual dishes be served, and that filters be installed in the air conditioning system”; that the entrance of clients be organized in turns and through telephone reservations, with an interval of time sufficient to disinfect and clean the table occupied by the last client. The maximum time in a cafeteria or restaurant is 30 minutes for breakfast and 90 minutes for lunch and dinner. The maximum number of people who can reserve a table will be four, although if these four people can prove that they live together, the diners at the table could be expanded.
The vice president of the Board and tourism adviser, Juan Marín, anticipates that the transition period of the hospitality sector to these conditions may last “20 days or a month, because not all bars and restaurants are the same.” Marín believes that hotels “will have it easier” to condition their common facilities to the protection and security measures -pool, gym, dining room-. “There it is easier, for example, to organize individual lunches and dinners that can be brought up to your room,” says the Minister of Tourism, after stressing that all the proposals have been “agreed” with the sector. “These measures can be provisional or permanent, because we do not know how long the pandemic will last,” he adds.
In shops and clothing stores, disinfection of returned or used garments in fitting rooms is requested. The maximum length of stay is 30 minutes in retail stores and 90 minutes in large establishments. It is also proposed to avoid specific periods of sales, as until now, and that stores offer offers maintained over time.
As for outdoor activities, the Board proposes a distance of four to five meters between people who are walking in the same direction; ten meters for those who are running or doing sports, and 20 meters for cyclists. Runners and other types of athletes have the strip from 7.00 to 10.00 in the morning, and between 21.00 and 23.00 in the evening. For outings and walks in the fresh air, the Ministry of Health proposes that there be time slots by age, that is: between 9:00 and 14:00, the oldest can leave, and between 16:00 and 21:00 children.
Regarding the reopening of the beaches, the Chairman of the Board, Juan Manuel Moreno, advanced that it could be done by “grids”, with a “limited capacity”, such as in bars and hotels, and with security agents monitoring the security distance between towels and hammocks. However, Marín has clarified this Monday that the reopening of the beaches is a competence of the central government, “unless they give us that competent authority”, and for now there is no concrete plan to reopen the beaches in Andalusia.