The Spanish Health Ministry agreed on Friday to allow the Madrid region to move to Phase 1 of the country’s four-phase deescalation plan. This stage allows social gatherings of up to 10 people and sidewalk cafés to reopen at 50% capacity.
Health Minister Salvador Illa informed regional health chief, Enrique Ruiz-Escudero, of the decision on Friday morning. Madrid, considered the epicenter of the Covid-19 epidemic in Spain, had twice requested a looser lockdown since May 7, but on both occasions it was told that it failed to meet the requirements set out by health experts.
The central government announced this afternoon what other regions have been given the green light to transition to a new phase of the deescalation plan. With the exception of Valencia, all regional authorities have asked to move partially or completely to the next stage of the deescalation plan.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Illa indicated that all the provinces of Castilla y León, as well as the metropolitan area of Barcelona will move to Phase 1.
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