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Friday, May 08, 2020

Rules for using private and public transport and when masks are obligatory, from May 11

Car on the road to Mount Teide, Tenerife

On Monday, Phase I of the coronavirus de-escalation comes into force, which allows less restrictive use of the car (and other modes of transport). Below we summarize the conditions under which we will be permitted to travel from next week

The general provisions drawn up by the Ministry of Transport, dictate, among others, instructions on the use of masks on different means of transport and establish requirements to guarantee safe mobility in accordance with the plan for the transition to a new normal.

Use of masks on means of transport

1. The use of masks that cover the nose and mouth will be mandatory for all users of bus, rail, air and sea transportation. In the case of passengers on ships and boats, the use of masks will not be necessary when they are in their cabins.

Masks will also be mandatory for users of public passenger transport in vehicles of up to nine seats, including the driver.

2. Transport service workers who have direct contact with travelers must be provided with masks and have access to hydro-alcoholic solutions to practice frequent hand hygiene.

Vehicle occupation

1. In private transport of people in vehicles of up to nine seats, including the driver, two people can be carried for each row of seats, provided they use masks and respect the maximum possible distance between the occupants. [If the people already live in the same household, the use of a mask is not necessary.]

[Interesting question came up in the comments to the article was whether it's allowed to transport two people on a motorbike and no clarification could be found.]

UPDATE: - 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.

2. In public passenger transport in vehicles with up to nine seats, including the driver, two people may travel for each additional row of seats other than that of the driver, and in any case the maximum possible distance between its occupants must be guaranteed. [We read that as, for example, just 2 passengers can travel and only in the back seat of a taxi.]

3. In vehicles in which, due to their technical characteristics, only one row of seats is available, as in the case of cabins of heavy vehicles, vans, or others, a maximum of two people may travel, provided that their occupants use masks that cover the airways and keep as much distance as possible. Otherwise, only the driver may travel.

4. In regular, discretionary and private complimentary public transport by bus, as well as rail transport, in which all occupants must be seated, companies shall take the necessary measures to ensure the maximum possible separation between passengers, in such a way that no more than half of the available seats may be occupied.

In buses the row behind the seat occupied by the driver must always be kept empty.

5. In collective public passenger transport in urban areas, where there are platforms enabled for the transport of foot passengers, efforts shall be made to ensure that people maintain as much distance from each other as possible.

Where can we go and for what purpose?

The Ministry of Health has published an explanatory table that lists the activities that can be carried out in each of the four de-escalation phases.

From May 11 (Phase I), these are the assumptions of circumstances in which the car can be used as a means of travel, apart from the already known essential services:

1. Home care and continuous monitoring of older people who do not live in care homes.

2. Displacement to commercial premises and establishments that are not a commercial center. The capacity will be limited to 30%. A minimum distance of 2 meters between clients will be guaranteed. On the terraces the capacity will be limited to 50% of the tables.

3. Attention to activities in the agricultural, food and fishing sector.

4. Attendance at libraries, events and cultural shows of less than 30 people in closed places (with 1/3 of capacity).

• Outdoor cultural events and shows of less than 200 people.

• Museums (visits only, not cultural activities) with 1/3 capacity and control of crowds in rooms.

• Active and nature tourism for limited groups of people.

• Audiovisual production and filming of movies and series.

Normas de uso del coche a partir del 11 de mayo

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