Other regions in Spain, in turn, began today, Monday, the relaxation of restrictive measures, which are now a reality for 70% of Spaniards, but Madrid and Barcelona are currently excluded.
In Madrid, the region’s right-wing government has not stopped expressing its strong opposition to the central government’s decision to maintain restrictive measures in the capital, where hundreds of people rallied in several districts over the weekend, demanding the resignation of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
This protest movement, which started on social media and bears the right ‘seal’, also took place in other cities of the country.
“The Madrid region is ready to change phase,” he said, adding that he was beginning to relax the government’s “we don’t understand the decision” restrictive measures, Health Minister Enrique Ruiz Escudero reiterated today. The government estimates that Madrid, the most affected region of Spain by the epidemic, has not yet strengthened its means enough to deal with a possible second wave of Covid-19.
Which areas remain in lockdown
Like Madrid, much of the neighbouring region of Castile and Leon and Barcelona are not included in the first phase of relaxation, which allows for the opening of outdoor bars and restaurants or family and friendly gatherings of up to 10 people at most.
But in order to reduce the economic impact of staying in this “phase zero”, the government eased some conditions by allowing these regions to open small shops without an appointment.
New zones in the country, such as the provinces of Grenada and Malaga in the south, Toledo in the centre of Valencia in the east, are among those that have begun to relax the restrictive measures last Monday.
Now 70% of Spaniards have therefore begun a gradual easing of the restrictive measures in three phases that are expected to be completed by the end of June.