Sunday, June 21, saw most of Spain move into what the government has called “the new normality,” with most of the last vestiges of lockdown finally removed. The timing of the changes will help the beleaguered tourism industry.

The main features of the change is the retention of social distancing of 1.5 metres, and when that can’t be maintained, the wearing of face masks.

Regional governments will decided on additional measures and several have already announced limitations on the capacity of public spaces, such as restaurants. Madrid has ruled that nightclubs will stay closed until July 5. Local fiestas can also be suspended, and Aragón has taken the decision to do so until September 30, El Pais reported.

If there are local spikes in new outbreaks, local authorities will be able to impose new lockdowns, but this will not be implemented on a regional level unless a new national state of emergency is declared, “If we have to use it again, of course, we will use it again,” Health Minister Salvador Illa said last Friday.

PHOTO: A couple enjoys a beer in a terrace bar at Playa de Palma beach ahead of Spain’s official reopening of the borders June 21 following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo