The hairdressers will give tomorrow, Monday, the symbolic “snip” to the access cord to the “Phase 0” of the de-escalation in Spain, which also activates the physiotherapy, dental, hardware, haberdashery or florist services whose premises do not exceed 400 square meters of surface.
Thus begins the path divided into four phases towards the “new normal”, initially planned for June 22, but not without restrictions. Previous appointments (by phone or Internet) and sanitary measures will be mandatory in this preparatory phase that will last from Monday 4 to May 11.
Hairdressers, for example, already have a guide indicating the mandatory use of masks, frequent hand washing, the use of gloves when appropriate, disposable towels, charging by electronic means, the restriction of the number of customers or that individual disposable protective material be placed in specific containers.
The small reform sector will also be launched tomorrow, but only in homes or premises without neighbors or workers.
The collection of food in restaurants and cafeterias will already be possible in this “Phase 0”, but only on request, preferably for the elderly or with dependencies and without consumption on the premises.
The general caveat is that anyone who uses public transportation will be required to wear masks.
As an exception and due to its hitherto lower incidence of infections, the opening to Phase 1 is anticipated to Monday in the Balearic island of Formentera and in the Canary Islands of La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa.
The hoteliers of the Balearic island of Formentera have warned that they will not have clients, because there are no maritime connections with the island or air with Ibiza (which is the reference airport since Formentera does not have one), so it is very likely that they will not open until the end of June.
The fourth vice-president of the Government and minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, commented on trade and the transition plan to the new normality that “whoever does not feel comfortable, does not open.”
It is also allowed from tomorrow, Monday, that the owners access their boats to perform security and maintenance tasks.
Only one person will be able to access the boat and as long as it is moored in the same municipal area as that of the owner’s residence, although to go sailing you must wait until May 11 and in small groups, with the maximum possible hygiene measures and with certain geographical limitations.
Real estate agencies, which in principle were also to be activated in this preparatory phase, will have to wait until May 11 to resume visits to apartments by appointment, after the government rectified the measure.
The autonomous communities will have the last word to modify the schedules in terms of trade and professional services. In this way, the Government and by obtaining more information about it from each regional government tries to avoid massive concentrations of people in certain time zones.
Regarding SMEs, the Government has given the green light to a third line of guarantees from the Official Credit Institute (ICO) also for freelancers and companies, with a first tranche endowed with 24,500 million euros.
The objective of this new line of guarantees is to “provide liquidity” to small and medium-sized companies and to the self-employed in the face of the crisis caused by the pandemic, said the government spokeswoman and finance minister, María Jesús Montero.
The first of the tranches, which will be approved next Tuesday in the Council of Ministers, will have the aforementioned allocation of 24,500 million, of which 10,000 million will go to the self-employed and SMEs and another 10,000 million for the rest of companies.