According to the BOE issued on Saturday, in Phase 3 travel between provinces, islands or territorial units will still be limited, with some exceptions, health, work, professional or business reasons, to return to a family residence, to care for seniors, dependents or people with disabilities, or for reasons of force majeure.

However Transportation Minister José Luis Ábalos stated today that movement between Regions and areas in the same Phase could be allowed, contradicting the Secretary of State for Communication, who released a guide on the de-escalation process on Sunday and the communication department of the Health Ministry who was unaware of Ábalos’s proposal, Sr Ábalos also admitted that “Once the state of alarm is over, the restrictions on movement cannot be maintained” as there will not be “an instrument that allows us to control movement and as such the spread of the virus” and with the Madrid region and the metropolitan area of Barcelona not likely to have entered Phase 3 before the state of emergency comes to an end people from those areas would be able to travel to other Regions without constraint.

The idea of allowing movement between provinces of the same region that are in Phase 3, or even between regions that are in this stage, has the support of Valencian premier Ximo Puig. The President of Murcia, Fernando López Miras, however, told radio network Cadena SER that what he has most insisted upon in the weekly videoconferences with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is the “capacity to limit movement.” Murcia has a very low rate of coronavirus contagions, and regional authorities are concerned the arrival of visitors from other regions, such as Madrid, which has been hardest hit by the epidemic, could lead to a new outbreak in cases.