Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez used his Saturday weekly televised press conference to announce that La Liga will re-start from June 8th and tourism will commence in July.
Sanchez said that “the hardest part is over,” and that “we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel”. He praised the Spanish people for their response to the crisis saying they had been “formidable” and that “everyone has fulfilled their mission and they came together to deal with the epidemic.”
The 11 remaining matches will be held in empty stadiums. Barcelona currently has a 2 point lead over Real Madrid with 27 games played apiece.
No specific details were given for the return of tourism which is one of the key engines of the Spanish economy contributing 12% of national GDP.
Presently Spain has a 14 day quarantine on new arrivals to the country.
Under the government´s 4 phase de-escalation plan to return to the “new normaility” travelers are still not allowed to travel between provinces or communidades.
Madrid will move to Phase 1 on Monday whilst many other communidades will move to Phase 2.
To date Spain has recorded 282,370 Covid 19 cases of which 28,678 have died and 196, 958 have recovered.
The government will announce the commencement of an official period of national mourning to last 10 days.