Published May 22, 2020, 10:45 PM
Coronavirus lockdowns will be eased in Spain’s capital Madrid and second city Barcelona from Monday to allow outdoor dining and gatherings of up to 10 people as infections have slowed sufficiently there, the government said.
Restrictions will be relaxed even further in other regions comprising about half of Spain’s population.
Spain started phasing out one of Europe’s toughest lockdowns earlier this month, but full restrictions had remained in both Madrid and Barcelona because their outbreaks were so severe.
In Barcelona, beaches were opened for walking this week, but public swimming and sunbathing will remain banned.
“Each step we make, must be a safe one,” Health Minister Salvador Illa said. “Since the phase-out process is complex, I want to call