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23 mai 2020 | 14h06 UTC

Spain: Authorities announce easing of some lockdown restrictions from May 25 /update 25

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Spanish authorities announce the easing of some COVID-19 lockdown restrictions from May 25; abide by government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 22/5/2020, 12h00 until 30/6/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Madrid). COUNTRY/REGION Spain

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Event

Spanish authorities announced on Friday, May 22, the easing of some coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown measures. As of Monday, May 25, municipalities across Spain that have a population density of less than 10,000 will be allowed to reopen bars and restaurants. Individuals living in the municipalities will further see an elimination of strict timetables in which they are allowed to leave their homes and a loosening of restrictions for individuals going for walks.

Additionally, on May 25, outdoor dining of up to 10 people will be permitted in Barcelona and Madrid. However, the bars and restaurants must only operate at 50 percent capacity. Churches are also permitted to reopen and individuals will be free to travel around their own province, however, social distancing measures will remain in place. Theatres, cinemas, museums, and art galleries will also be allowed to reopen in Madrid and Barcelona from May 25 at no more than a third of capacity.

As of Saturday, May 23, health authorities have confirmed 234,824 COVID-19 cases and 28,628 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the general risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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