Some businesses will start to reopen in Spain on Monday as the country starts "Phase Zero" of loosening coronavirus restrictions.
Following eight weeks of strict confinement since a country-wide state of emergency was declared on March 14, the process of transition in Spain will be gradual.
The four phases will be determined by a “series of indicators, such as the strategic capacities available in the healthcare system," officials say.
Some of these indicators include being able to test and identify sources of contagion and the ability to isolate and control those sources.
Some other context: Spain's Ministry of Health said another key to reopening the economy is the availability of hospital beds.
For every 10,000 residents, hospitals have to be able to add between 1.5 to 2 intensive care unit beds, and between 37 to 40 beds for severely ill patients, as outlined by the Ministry.
Across Spain, masks will be mandatory on public transport as of Monday.
Here are some of the reopening guidelines for businesses:
- Hotel and restaurant terraces will be able to operate at 50% of capacity, but will have to clean and disinfect tables, chairs, and other surfaces, between clients.
- Small retail and commercial businesses will be open to the public at 30% capacity, and will offer priority service to people over 65.
- Clothing stores will be required to disinfect fitting areas, and “hygiene any garment before other clients have access to it."
- Businesses are responsible for providing personal protective equipment to their employees.