Image of Madrid in the de-escalation

The transition to the new normality is ongoing in Madrid.

The city tries to leave the coronavirus crisis behind, doing everything possible to control the epidemiological situation, increase the capacity of its health system, comply with collective protection measures and try to reactivate the economic, social and cultural life of the capital to the extent as possible.

But what activities are allowed in each phase of the de-escalation in Madrid? With this guide of the de-climbing in Madrid you will have the phases clearest.

Phase 2 Madrid: what can be done

Locals are immersed in phase two. The Community of Madrid has passed the much-awaited phase 2 along with those of Castilla y León, Valencia, part of Catalonia, the Castilian-La Mancha provinces of Toledo, Albacete and Ciudad Real, and Ceuta.

But to what extent is this second phase an oxygen balloon for the residents of the city of Madrid? What can be done in Phase 2 Madrid?

  • Walks and sports: To begin with, the so-called “intermediate phase” eliminates the time slots except the one reserved for those over 70 and vulnerable groups (from 10:00 to 12:00 and 19:00 to 20:00), as well as the obligation to stay less than 1 km away from home. You can walk, run and bike outdoors in groups of maximum 15 people and with the family, meaning, the children can finally go outside with the two parents.Mobility: Madrid residents will be able to move to their second homes, always within the territorial unit.
  • Social gatherings: Up to 15 people in private homes or premises and up to 50 at conferences, congresses or business meetings. Of course, with a mask and two meters away.
  • Residences: Family members may be visited in residences, although with strong restrictions: one family member per resident who also has a negative PCR, by appointment and with the recommended distance and hygiene measures.
  • Commerce: They will be able to open all the commercial surfaces regardless of their size, but reducing the capacity to 40% (30% in the common areas of large shopping centers, where only you can transit) and establishing a preferential schedule for the elderly 65 years. Open-air markets will be able to open their doors with only a third of the stalls.
  • Restaurants: It can now be consumed not only on the terrace of the premises, but within its facilities, yes, with a capacity of 40% and always sitting at the table, not at the bar.
  • Tourism and leisure: The common areas can now be opened to the public in hotel accommodation with a capacity of one third. The recreational pools are open by appointment and 20% of the capacity, as are the natural parks. Environmental education centers and car parks with access to the Sierra are also opened, the latter with limited capacity as well. Group activities in nature are limited to 20 people.
  • Education: Primary students in need of educational reinforcement return to classrooms (voluntarily).
  • Public transport: The metro expands its activity to absorb greater demand, allowing it to also occupy all of the seats. This last measure is also adopted in the commuter and bus network, where accesses that were closed will be reopened. The latter reinforces 78 lines.
  • Culture: Cinemas, libraries, theaters, museums, etc. They can open their doors, but in restrictive conditions. Capacity of one third, maximum 50 people indoors and 400 outdoors and seats assigned previously. In the case of concerts, the public you must remain seated and keep the safety distance.
  • Professional sport: closed-door competitions resume.
  • Places of worship: a capacity of 50% is established, also for celebrations such as weddings or communions. The latter, in addition, may be taken up in both open and closed places with a maximum of 100 people in the first case and 50 in the second. In the wake, a maximum of 25 people is allowed outdoors and 15 indoors.
  • Work: The recommendation of telework continues whenever possible as well as the use, by employees and employees in the workplace, of hydroalcoholic gels, disinfectants or soap and water, suitable protective equipment and the guarantee of working in accordance at the ideal safety distance.

One step from phase 3

Undoubtedly, the new measures recommended in phase 2 will be a relief for many people from Madrid who have seen how neighboring autonomous communities already enjoyed the flexibility of phase 3.

In its progress towards the long-awaited phase 3 in Madrid, the Community of Madrid plans to ask the Ministry of Health for an acceleration from June 15, provided that health indicators such as the number of patients and the control of suspected cases continue as before, which would imply being able to, for example, increase the capacity of shopping centers by up to 50%.

If, on the other hand, it remains in phase 2 for 15 days, it could request the phase change for Monday, June 22, a date that also marks the end of the last extension of the current one state of alarm.

Written by Ana Calero
Degree in Business Studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid. She is part of the Proinca Apartments team and is a lover of Madrid.

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