Spain's 'new normal' begins


June 21, 2020
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Most of Spain leaves behind today, Sunday, more than three months of the State of Alarm and enters a new normal with safety distance of 1.5 meters and the use of masks when this is not can be respected and regular hand hygiene using hydrogels being that normal. 

The end of the state of alarm also means the recovery by the communities of all their powers and the end of travel restrictions between autonomous regions, countries in the Schengen area and to the UK. 

The Valencian Community will maintain in the new stage most of the measures of phase 3 of the de-escalation, such as the obligation to limit the capacity to 75% or even 60% in the case of shopping centres. The mask will remain mandatory when it is impossible to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters. Open air shows, such as the concerts that proliferate in summer in various coastal towns, will not be able to gather more than 800 people.

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Yesterday in his final weekend address to the nation, Presidente Pedro Sánchez, thanked those who have been involved in battling the pandemic in Spain, and to remember the victims of Covid-19.

He said, “We will leave behind the state of alarm and we will enter the new normality,” he also said. “A virus entered our lives a long time ago now. It had crossed borders. No one knew that we were at the outset of the biggest health crisis in the last 100 years. More than 28,000 fellow citizens have lost their lives in our country. Ninety-nine days ago, the priority was to save lives, which is why on 14th March I announced the activation of the state of alarm and our country ground to a halt.”  “Thanks to all citizens for the sacrifice and the morale of victory,” he said. “Thanks to all of you for staying at home. It is an honor to be the Presidente of this great country.” He also reminded citizens that a ceremony would be held to honor the victims of the pandemic on July 16, adding that he wanted there to be “another tribute, one that lasts longer.