The Basque Country enters phase 2 on Monday. Among the many new features of this step forward in de-escalation, one stands out as unexpected. And is that the Basque Government has decided to authorize the opening of museums this next week, originally scheduled for June 1. The reality, however, will be that these spaces will follow the initial plan and will open with the entry of the new month. And they will do so by allowing access, with a limit of up to 50% capacity, that they will be exclusively from Biscay given the impossibility of changing province if it is not for socioeconomic reasons.
Regarding the Schedule, the two main museums in Bilbao reported this Wednesday that they had decided to coordinate. According to it, the plan is to open every day of the week. The first of them was scheduled to open its doors Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In July and August, it would extend its hours to open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Therefore, there would be no closing day on Monday. As for the Fine Arts, the idea was to return with a split schedule in June, also every day of the week, from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00. From July it would be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Regarding the capacity, can be completed up to 50%, a notable increase with respect to the 30% that the BOE established for these cultural spaces in phase 1 and that in the Basque Country was never applied. And they will only be Biscayan visitors, since the restrictions on mobility in phase 2 prevent the passage from one province to another if it is not for socioeconomic reasons. In principle, this will come from June 22, when the Government will create “safe corridors” to connect the areas of Spain that have passed phase 3 of the de-escalation and with some European cities. This was announced by the fourth vice president, Teresa Ribera in an interview published this Saturday in El Periódico, where she ensures that the regions reach the ‘new normal’ on that date.
Regarding the arrival of foreigners, President Sánchez announced this Saturday that the borders will be opened upon arrival in July, thereby eliminating the two-week quarantine now in force for all travelers.