Coronavirus in Phase 0-Phase 1

As with all our posts in our group ‘Spanish Legal Questions’ this has been translated by our senior lawyer direct from the BOE, the official newspaper for the Spanish Law.


Mobility and the Coronavirus in Spain Phase 0 – Phase1

Starting at 00h on May 11, 2020 the Spanish Government has established new forms of mobility according to the phase where you live. Each person must pay attention to the rules dictated according to the phase in which the province where they live is located.

Regarding commuter trains: Throughout the country, regardless of the de-escalation phase in which the province where you live is located, commuter trains will increase their frequency progressively until they Get back to a full service. The service will adjust the schedules according to the needs of travelers, increasing the number of trains at peak times and thus allowing for the maximum possible separation between passengers.


PROVINCES IN PHASE 0 (Malaga and Granada): in addition to the activities allowed up to now within said Phase 0, they are allowed and are extended to the following:

– Sports or leisure navigation in boats or aircraft without a motor (such as sailing or rowing boats, gliders, paragliding, hang gliding, among others). It has to be done individually and you have to be part of the official federation. It should be done only as a physical activity, not as a competition activity. This activity has to be carried out within the same municipality of your residence, so the boat or aircraft must be in the same municipality, you cannot go and take the boat or aircraft to another municipality. Nautical navigation will be carried out through the coastal waters of said municipality or between ports or points on the coast of said municipality. The law does not mention the territorial limits of air navigation, but by analogy it must be limited to your municipality of residence or on the coastal waters.

– They can go to the facilities where they have their boat or aircraft to carry out maintenance work as long as they are in the same municipal area where the owner or authorised person resides. The law authorises it to be also in a neighboring municipality. Only one person can access the boat or aircraft to carry out these activities and the procedures and protocols established by the nautical or aeronautical sports facilities will be followed at all times.

– On motorcycles, mopeds and similar vehicles, which are provided with two approved seats (driver and passenger), two people can now travel as long as they meet one of these three requirements: either wear an integral helmet with a visor, or wear a mask, or that they reside at the same address. The use of gloves will be mandatory for the riders For these purposes, motorcycle protection gloves will be accepted.

– In private cars of up to nine seats, including the driver, therefore normal cars are included here, now as many people can travel as there are seats in the vehicle, as long as they all reside at the same address. In this case, the use of a mask will not be necessary. When the occupants do not live at the same address, two people may go for each row of seats, provided they wear a mask and respect the maximum possible distance between the occupants.

– In public passenger transport in vehicles of up to nine seats, including the driver, two people for each row of seats, in any case ensuring the maximum possible distance between their occupants. In the event that all users live at the same address, three people may go for each row of seats compared to that of the driver. In any case, the driver may not have anyone sitting next to him.

– In vehicles in which only one row of seats is available (for example industrial vehicles such as truck cabins, cargo vans, etc.), a maximum of two people may travel, provided that their occupants wear masks and keep the maximum possible distance. Otherwise, only the driver may travel.

– In buses and trains when they are journeys in which all passengers must be seated, there must be an empty seat in the middle of each one. The only exception to this rule is when it comes to people traveling together and living at the same address. In any case, on buses the row after the driver’s seat will always be kept empty. Spaces for people with disabilities will be enabled.

– In collective public passenger buses within a city or between cities, where people can sit and stand, efforts will be made to ensure that people maintain as much distance from each other as possible, establishing as a reference the occupation of half of the seats available, and two passengers for every square meter in the area enabled to travel standing.



– Recreational boating can be done as a tourist activity by limited groups (cultural and leisure activities). Navigation will be allowed for people who have their domicile in the same province where the boat is or the aircraft is parked, and the number of people on board can not exceed 50% except in the case of people who live in the same address where 100% can be reached. In any case, the number of people on board the boat may not exceed ten.

– Owners who have their boats or aircraft in the same province may make visits to carry out safety and maintenance checks by themselves or authorized persons. Only one person can access the boat or aircraft.

– You can rent jet skis, boats or recreational aircraft, if you are residing in the same province in which the rental company is located (the aeroclubs will be put into this category). In the case of jet skis, only one person can ride on it, except in the case of people residing at the same address in which case they cannot exceed the number of seats authorized by the manufacturer.

– In all these activities, the distances and personal measures foreseen for this Phase I must be followed and measures of disinfection and reinforcement of health and hygiene standards in boats and aircraft must be adopted.

– For these activities, navigation is limited to the waters, or permitted airspace, of the province’s territories.

– Jet skis and pleasure boats or vessels may not move more than 12 miles from the port or mooring facility from which navigation begins.

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