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Some businesses in Spain will reopen on Monday

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People exercise in Granada, Spain, on May 2, during the hours allowed by the government to exercise for the first time since the start of national lockdown to prevent the spread of the corona virus. Jorge Guerroro / AFP / Getty Images

Some businesses will reopen in Spain on Monday when the country starts the “Zero Phase” of easing coronavirus restrictions.

Following eight weeks of tight confinement since an emergency across the country was announced on March 14, the transition process in Spain will be gradual.

The four phases will be determined by “a set of indicators, such as strategic capacity available in the health care system,” officials said.

Some of these indicators include the ability to test and identify the source of transmission and the ability to isolate and control these sources.

Some other contexts: The Spanish Ministry of Health says another key to reopening the economy is the availability of hospital beds.

For every 10,000 residents, the hospital must be able to add between 1.5 to 2 beds in the intensive care unit, and between 37 and 40 beds for terminally ill patients, as outlined by the Ministry.

Throughout Spain, masks will be mandatory on public transportation on Monday.

Here are some reopening guidelines for businesses:

  • Hotel and restaurant terraces will be able to operate with a capacity of 50%, but must clean and disinfect tables, chairs and other surfaces, among clients.
  • Small retail and commercial businesses will be open to the public with a capacity of 30%, and will offer priority services to people over 65 years.
  • Clothing stores will be asked to disinfect the right area, and “clean up any clothes before other clients have access to it.”
  • Businesses are responsible for providing personal protection equipment to their employees.
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