Spain’s regional education chiefs say they have no plans to reopen public early education classrooms, for children up to six years of age, before the end of this academic year.
The move rejects a proposal made two weeks ago by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, of the Socialist Party (PSOE), suggesting that parts of Spain moving into Phase 2 of the coronavirus deescalation plan could open up their classrooms for young children whose parents cannot work from home.
This phase will come into effect on May 25 in parts of Spain with improving coronavirus figures.
The regional chiefs said that they don’t believe it would be possible to maintain social distancing rules with such young children.
The sole exception is the Basque Country, which last week presented a plan to reopen education centers for children up to two years of age.
Sensors are being installed on beaches in Spain to enforce coronavirus social distancing by warning tourists when they are becoming overcrowded.
A beach in the popular tourist city of Fuengirola on the Costa Del Sol is reportedly the first in Spain to have the artificial intelligence system installed.
Scanners fitted to lamp posts will monitor the numbers of people on the beach and then inform tourists via a smartphone app which areas are busiest.
A programme divides the beach into virtual squares between the sensors which measure the numbers of people entering and leaving the area at all times.
It comes as a regional leader claimed that the islands of Ibiza and Majorca, which are thronged with tourists every summer, are ‘safe’ for visitors.
Francina Armengol, the president of the Balearics Islands – which also include Minorca and Formentara – said the destinations were looking forward to welcoming back international holidaymakers as well as Spaniards.
The face masks that the Madrid regional government has been distributing for free this week do not meet European Union regulations, according to the Business Association of Personal Protective Equipment (Asepal).
The packaging of the products has the CE sign, which indicates that they comply with EU regulations but it’s claimed in the Spanish press, the certification is false.