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The covers of Spain joined in the face of mistrust: "We came out stronger"

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The covers of the main Spanish media, united by the same slogan
The covers of the main Spanish media, united by the same slogan

The main newspapers of Spain published this Monday the same cover, labeled #SalimosMásFuertes, while the country advances in a progressive lack of confidence, with the figures of the pandemic in frank decline.

The covers, only differentiated by the logo of each publication, carry the message promoted by the Pedro Sánchez government, which also used the label on its social networks. "We are succeeding. Thanks to the effort and responsibility of each and everyone we have come this far. It is you who have pushed back the virus. Spain begins with firm foot the transition towards the New Normality ”, he wrote on his Twitter.

For their part, the Catalan newspapers El Periódico and Diari de Girona used the slogan in the language of the region (En Sortim Més Forts).

The press also accompanied the edition with a explanatory graph about the first phase of deconfusion.

With the coronavirus pandemic in decline, Spain has a week with less than one hundred deaths per day and less than five hundred new cases per day, the whole country is already in full de-escalation, with almost half of its territory in the first phase and the other half (47%) in a more advanced one.

This Monday, Madrid and Barcelona recover part of their social and economic activity, its streets can be populated with terraces, although with less capacity, and the small business opens its doors without restrictions, after ten weeks of confinement.

Employees measure the distance, in preparation for the reopening of terraces in Madrid's Plaza Mayor (Reuters)
Employees measure the distance, in preparation for the reopening of terraces in Madrid's Plaza Mayor (Reuters)
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Bars and restaurants can now take their tables to the streets in the two largest cities in Spain and those most affected by the pandemic, which is why the recovery of social and economic activity has begun later, as is also the case with the capitals of province of Castilla y León, region bordering Madrid. It will also open the small business without restrictions and citizens can move to their second homes if they are within the same province.

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In Barcelona, ​​the terraces of the beach bars, known as "chiringuitos", will be able to work again in a few days when temperatures rise throughout Spain, in advance of next summer.

Reopened terraces on Las Ramblas in Barcelona (AFP)
Reopened terraces on Las Ramblas in Barcelona (AFP)

In order to meet the expected increase in mobility, the Madrid metro increased the frequency of trains and will deploy some 200 people to control capacity, especially in the 26 stations with the highest traffic on the network.

The supply of all public transport will increase 90% at peak times in the Community of Madrid to avoid crowds.

But another part of Spain, 47% of the population, almost 22 million people, access phase 2, what supposes a greater relaxation of the restrictions, for example, the opening of shopping centers, the expansion of capacity in bars and restaurants, with the use also of its interior, or the celebration of weddings. Also, in these areas the beaches can open for recreational reasons and the bars can use their interior spaces.

This is the case of the Balearic or Canary archipelagoes, the north coast and much of Andalusia, where the Ministry of Health asked that the local authorities control access to the beaches and the safety distance between bathers.

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In its recommendations, Sanidad decided to separate the umbrellas four meters away and delimit strips in the sand, something that in some municipalities did with colored ribbons, dividing the beach into numerous squares, one for each group.

At the moment, everything is focused on the local customer. International tourists, who are required to be in their forties for fourteen days when they enter the country, may begin to return to Spain "from July," as announced on Saturday by the head of government, Pedro Sánchez, in order to once again promote arrivals from foreigners to the second tourist destination in the world, where this sector represents 12% of GDP.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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