On Monday the entire Valencian Community will enter Phase 2 .This means that our Marina Alta area will be able to enjoy more freedom from the restrictions, allowing the re-opening of many companies that have remained closed until now.

Phase Two restriction relief measures

  • Travel:  As in phase 1, journeys may be made inter-provincially, but you cannot leave the province unless it is for labour reasons.
  • Schedule: The time bands for minors and adults have been removed, but not for older people or vulnerable people, who must keep their slots from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 19:00 to 20:00.
  • Meetings: Meetings between social circles that can be held in homes, bars or restaurants with gatherings up to 15 people.
  • Hospitality Sector: Food and drink can be served in establishments but respecting a maximum capacity of 40% or 50%, (depending on the decision of the Generalitat. ) However, service at the bar area is still prohibited. Table service only, which must respect the safety distance between them. You will not be able to use a shared menu, napkin rings, salt shakers, etc.
  • Beaches and pools: The use of the beaches will be allowed in Phase 2, respecting the most common limitations of maintaining distances and respecting capacity. The groups that can go together to spend some time here will be up to a maximum of 15 people. Outdoor swimming pools and sports decks also reopen, by appointment and with a maximum capacity of 30%.
  • Shopping Centres:  This leaves the door open for the Portal la Marina shopping centre, as expected, to open its doors again. It must, however, comply with the limitations of 40% of the capacity and guarantee the safety distance between customers. The use of the common areas will be limited to passage, you will not being able to rest on the benches or play in the recreation areas.
  • Cinema and Theatre:  May reopen with a third of their capacity, provided that they do not accumulate more than 50 people in the same projection or show.
  • Hotels: the hotels will be able to use their common areas again, which were restricted during the previous phase. Of course, in 30% of its capacity.
  • Natural parks: They may reopen with a capacity of up to 20%.
  • Weddings, wakes and places of worship: Weddings can be held with a maximum of 100 guests in open spaces and 50 in closed spaces, provided they do not travel from another province. In the case of burials, the maximum capacity limit increases to 25 people outdoors and 15 in closed spaces. Places of worship, on the other hand, may have a capacity of 50%.

Phase Three

The BOE has published the easing measures in phase 3.

  • No time slot will be reserved for any group
  • Retail establishments, commercial premises and professional service activities may be opened.
  • Outdoor terraces can open to 75% of their capacity.

May 30, 2020 .- The Official State Gazette (BOE) today publishes the Ministerial Order that includes the application measures in phase 3 of the Plan for the transition to a new normality . In it it is stated that retail establishments and commercial premises and professional service activities may be opened regardless of their surface area for exhibition and sale, as long as their capacity is limited to 50%. In addition, it is indicated that a service schedule will be established with priority service for those over 65 years of age.

The same Order specifies that the public and recreational areas of shopping centres and parks are also allowed to open to the public at this stage, although their capacity is limited to 40%. In addition, the capacity of the premises and commercial establishments located in them is set at 50%.

In the case of street markets, the limitation to half of the usual or authorised stalls will be guaranteed. The individual municipalities may in this case increase the area enabled or establish new days for the exercise of this activity.

In the hospitality sector, outdoor terraces can open to 75% of their capacity and bar consumption is allowed provided the safety distance is guaranteed. In hotels and tourist accommodation, public areas are allowed to open to the public as long as they do not exceed 50% of their capacity. As regards tourist activities, the conditions for practicing active and nature tourism activities are relaxed with groups of up to 30 people.

Cultural activities

In the field of culture, it highlights the possibility of carrying out cultural activities in libraries and museums as long as they do not exceed 50% of the authorised capacity. And, in terms of sports, medium-term training in federated non-professional leagues is allowed, as well as the holding of shows and sports activities.

Cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, tent circuses and similar show spaces may carry out their activity as long as they have pre-assigned seats and do not exceed half the authorised capacity in each venue.

Tourist recreation centres, zoos and aquariums may be opened with a maximum capacity of 50%. And, the reopening of casinos, establishments for collective money and games of chance, gambling halls, arcades, raffles and tombolas and specific betting venues is also allowed, provided that they do not exceed 50% of the permitted capacity and comply with the hygiene and prevention measures provided for in the Order.

Another of the Order’s chapters indicates the conditions for carrying out leisure activities aimed at children and young people. When these are held outdoors, the number of participants should be limited to 50% of the usual maximum capacity, with a maximum of 200 participants, including monitors. When they take place in closed spaces, the number of participants should be limited to one third of the usual maximum capacity with a maximum of 80 participants.

Social measures

In this phase it will be possible to circulate through the province, island or territorial unit of reference and no time slot will be reserved for any group, although safety and hygiene measures must be taken with groups considered vulnerable to COVID-19. However, the groups should be a maximum of 20 people, except in the case of people living together.

Wakes and funerals may be held in all kinds of facilities, public or private, with a maximum limit of 50 people in open spaces or 25 in closed spaces, whether or not they live together. Participation in the entourage for the burial or farewell for cremation of the deceased person is restricted to a maximum of 50 people, including relatives and close friends.

Wedding ceremonies may be carried out either in open or closed spaces, provided that they do not exceed 75% of their capacity, and in any case a maximum of 150 people in open spaces or 75 in closed spaces.

Information via denia.com and the Spanish Health Authority press release today 30th May.