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Factbox: From hairdressers to beaches - Spain's plan to phase out lockdown

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain has a four-phase plan to lift a coronavirus lockdown and return to normal by the end of June.

People swim amidst the easing of restrictions implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on the Barceloneta beach, in Barcelona, Spain May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Following are the key points of the plan, which will vary from province to province. Advancing through the stages depends on factors such as how the rate of infection evolves, the number of intensive care beds available locally, and compliance with distancing rules.

Preparatory Phase 0 (May 4-11)

- Hairdressers and other businesses that offer service by appointment can reopen.

- Restaurants can offer takeaway services.

- Professional sports leagues will go back to training.

- Short walks and individual sporting activities allowed.

Phase 1 (about two weeks from May 11)

- All provinces that meet the requirements move to Phase 1 on May 11, except for three islands in the Canaries archipelago - La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa - and the Balearic island of Formentera where Phase 1 began on May 4.

- Small businesses to reopen under strict safety conditions.

- Bars and restaurants can reopen their terraces with no more than 50% occupation.

- Hotels and other tourist accommodation can reopen, excluding common areas.

- Shops and other service providers must set aside preferential times for customers aged over 65 to visit.

- Places of worship will also be reopened, but only to one-third of their capacity.

Phase 2 (about two weeks from late May)

- Theatres, cinemas, art galleries and museums can reopen, at no more than a third of their capacity.

- Places of worship can increase attendance to 50% of capacity.

- Hunting and sport-fishing will be allowed.

- Some schools will reopen, though most will stay closed until September.

Phase 3 (around the end of June)

- Restrictions on restaurants and bars will be further loosened.

- Beaches open.

Reporting by Paola Luelmo; Writing by Andrei Khalip; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Kevin Liffey

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