Life has returned to Lanzarote this Monday, May 11, the first day that the island enters the First Phase of Sánchez’s de-escalation plan. The shops begin to reopen their doors and the cafeterias have taken down the closed sign to serve customers again.
Of course, the new normality requires that it be carried out by complying with strict hygiene and safety measures and maintaining distances between customers, so that only, in this first phase, they can be occupied by 50 percent.
Predictably, activity will increase in the coming days, as there are still many people who fear going out again with a certain freedom of movement due to a possible outbreak of the pandemic.
Little by little, the dormant economic activity for almost two months reactivates, returns, bringing life back to a city that until this Monday remained asleep.
It must be remembered that, in this first phase, citizens who take advantage of this flexibility will be able to gather in groups of a maximum of 10 people, participate in wakes with a maximum of 15 attendees and attend worship centers, among other measures.
Phase 1 also allows the opening of commercial premises with an area equal to or less than 400 square meters, with 30% of the total capacity, and to install outdoor terraces with 50% of the tables, with a maximum occupancy of 10 people per table.
This stage was activated last week in four islands of the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands and extends from this Monday to all of these archipelagos, Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, La Rioja, Navarra, Aragon, Extremadura and Murcia, the cities autonomous regions of Ceuta and Melilla and areas of Castilla-La Mancha, Andalusia, Catalonia and the Valencian Community.
The territorial expansion allows greater contact with those close to them and more intense commercial activity and occurs after the number of fatalities has risen to 26,621 and there has been a slight rise in the number of infected confirmed by PCR, 621 new cases that increase the total to 224,390.