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Sport Covid-19: Madrid and Barcelona find their terraces, tourists expected in July

14:57  25 may  2020
14:57  25 may  2020 Source:   france24.com

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MADRID (Reuters) - Spain will reopen its borders to tourists in July and its top soccer division will Restrictions on movement are being gradually eased, though residents of Madrid and Barcelona Spain has documented more than 28,600 deaths from COVID - 19 and more than 230,000 cases, and

Spain's Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Monday that foreign tourists could be allowed to book vacations in Spain starting in July . The government expects that the two-week quarantine imposed on COVID - 19 : Half of Spain enters 1st phase of reopening. Madrid and Barcelona back to life.

Les employés d'un restaurant madrilène utilisent un mètre pour placer des tables en terrasse, le 24 mai 2020. © Sergio Perez, Reuters Employees of a Madrid restaurant use a meter to place tables on the terrace, May 24, 2020.

Cafes and Restaurants in the two largest cities in Spain were able to reopen on Monday, while the Spanish Minister of Tourism called on foreign visitors to make reservations for July.

Particularly affected by the pandemic, Spain is gradually regaining life, while the government has announced the reopening of the country this summer to foreign tourists and the resumption of its football championship , new signs of a desire to back to normal.

"The hard part is over, assured Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. We have overcome the great wave of the pandemic." Above all, the head of government said that foreign tourists could return in July, a crucial announcement for the second largest tourist destination in the world, where the sector weighs 12% of GDP.

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Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said Monday that foreign travelers can already make reservations for this summer.

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Pending the return of tourists, Madrid and Barcelona have found, Monday, their friends, their parks and their terraces after ten weeks of one of the most confinements strict in the world while residents of other Spanish regions less affected by the pandemic can once again experience the joys of sea bathing.

The two largest cities in the country were the hardest hit by the pandemic of the new coronavirus, which killed 28,752 and infected 235,772 people in Spain.

Their inhabitants can now gather in groups of ten maximum, at home or on the terraces of bars and restaurants, the capacity of which is however limited.

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"I came to see the sunrise over the lake, I missed the park very much"

In Madrid, where the parks had been closed since mid-March, the gates of the Retiro reopened and hundreds of Madrilenians were running or walking from the early morning. "I came to see the sunrise over the lake before 7:00 am, I missed the park very much," said Alfonso López, a 67-year-old retired architect.

Like all Spaniards, he must however continue to wear the mask, which is compulsory in buildings and on public roads when it is not possible to keep a safety distance of two meters.

In Barcelona, ​​the second city of the country, Nacho García, director of the Barna Beach restaurant, was sweating profusely while walking up his terrace on the Barceloneta beach.

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"We really wanted to start again, I have employees who were almost crying for joy. They were partially unemployed and many had not yet received the benefit, "said the 28-year-old.

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Almost half of the country - some 22 million inhabitants out of the 47 in Spain - is going through the second phase of deconfinement in stages which should last until the end of June.

Restaurants can reopen their rooms there, limiting the number of customers, and outings, for walks or sports, are no longer limited to certain hours of the day.

And above all, when the hot weather has started, swimming pools and beaches can reopen as in the Balearic and Canary archipelagos or in much of Andalusia, but always with strict security measures.

Public discontent encouraged by the extreme right

Some cities including Barcelona had already opened their beaches in recent weeks but only for sports or walking.

The Ministry of Health recommends limiting the crowds on the beaches, delimiting spaces for each group and spacing the umbrellas 4 meters.

While awaiting the return of tourists in July, only locals will be able to benefit from it since travel from one province to another remains prohibited and foreigners who disembark in Spain must observe a fortnight.

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Outbreak of the coronavirus disease ( COVID - 19 ), in Madrid . Madrid and Barcelona will follow other areas of the country where the lockdown has already been Madrid 's main hospitality organisation told newspaper Cinco Dias this week it expected only around 10% of bars to open their terraces in the city.

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The restrictions imposed during the confinement decreed in mid-March were among the most severe in the world. For a month and a half, the Spaniards were practically unable to put their noses out and their children remained cloistered.

This rigor and the slowness of the deconfinement caused a discontent which was expressed progressively by concerts of saucepans then demonstrations, encouraged by the extreme right party Vox .

This one successfully summoned demonstrations of thousands of cars on Saturday which engorged the center of the big cities of the country, their drivers honking and waving the Spanish flag to denounce the government.

With AFP and Reuters

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