The rest of the Valencia region will move to phase 1 on Monday, whilst Barcelona and Madrid get left behind in phase 0.
The entire region of Valencia has been approved for Phase 1 after Health Minister Salvador Illa and Public Health Minister for Valencia Ana Barcelo agreed following a meeting.
Phase 1 means lighter restrictions since the past few months with groups of ten people allowed to gather and businesses and schools reopening. However, the government say you cannot travel outside of your province unless essential and cannot visit place more than 400 metres away such as shopping centres.
A few areas within the region moved up from Phase 0 on May 11 including Gandia, Alcoy, Denia, Elda and Torrevieja but other areas of the province and most of the Mediterranean region was held back.
Around 50% of Spain’s entire population moved from Phase 0 to Phase 1 on Monday, which, among other measures, allows for the reopening of cafes. department stores and libraries, as well as meetings up of to 10 people provided they observe social distancing.
In Andalusia, the provinces of Almería, Jaén, Córdoba, Seville, Cádiz and Huelva were moved to Phase 1 but Málaga and Granada will stay in Phase 0.
The two largest cities in Spain, Madrid and Barcelona continue to stay in Phase 0 with Catalonia regional ministers volunteering to keep Barcelona in Phase 0 lockdown due to the infection rates there.
The Madrid region, considered the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Spain, was held back last Friday, when the government allowed some other parts of the country to move into a looser lockdown on May 11 with Isabel Díaz Ayuso of the conservative Popular Party (PP) saying via Twitter: “Madrid meets all the criteria: it has increased its bed capacity and PCR [testing], it has a lower contagion index.”
An antibody study show that over 1 in ten of the population, have at one point been infected by Covid-19. The study also shows that the region is below the national average for cases detected via lab tests.