Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the plans to relax the country’s Covid-19 lockdown with Spain’s footballers starting training next week.
Footballers can begin with their training next week Monday, which is expected to be done individually and after a week they can start training in small groups, part of the four-phase plan to lift one of the toughest coronavirus lockdowns in Europe. The four-phased plan is expected to bring normality by the end of June.
“Profession sportspeople will be able to train individually from May 4 in the first phase,” Sanchez said in a televised address on Tuesday, although the lifting of social distancing will vary from province to province.
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From May 11 which is when the second phase kicks in, training in small groups will be allowed.
The health minister is set to asses the situation every fortnight to determine when the group training can be allowed, followed by the possibility of playing competitive games.
“The Opening of high-performance centres with hygiene measures and increased protection is being considered as well,” Sanchez said.
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Football in Spain was suspended in March but now the Prime Minister is giving out hope for the resumption of the La Liga, whose chief repeated on Tuesday a desire to complect the disrupted season.
“In Spain football is an important economic engine we need to reactivate,” Javier Tebas said in a statement.
“I don’t understand how there will be more risk playing football behind closed doors.”
Spain has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases after the United States. They rose to 210 773 on Tuesday with fatalities since the start of the outbreak at 23 822. But Monday’s death toll of 301 was a third down from the record high of 950 earlier this month.