The High Performance Center in Madrid, which closed its doors on March 11 due to the coronavirus crisis, will open next Monday. Although Madrid will not advance to phase 1 of the de-escalation, the ‘phase 0.5’ in which the Community enters with less strict confinement and the The need for the elite of the Olympic sport to have facilities has prompted the Higher Sports Council to open doors.
The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, confirmed this in his evening appearance. We will have to wait for the BOE publication to find out if the High Performance Specialized Centers (CEAR) and the Sports Modernization Centers (CTD) will also be able to resume their activities.
Since last week, more than 500 athletes likely to return to the CAR have passed medical examinations by AEPSAD (Spanish Agency for the Protection of Health in Sport), but without massive tests for coronavirus. The Sierra Nevada CAR, advancing Granada to phase 1, will also resume the activity. In principle, and Following in the wake of the Madrid one, the Government will also authorize the reopening of the San Cugat government, as requested by the Generalitat, although the Barcelona metropolitan area remains in phase 0.
In any case, and according to the CSD protocol, the training will have to be individual and outdoors, so some sports will not be reinstated yet. The facilities, which have been thoroughly disinfected, are ready. Training shifts, safety distances, limited presence of technicians will be established … and The Madrid residence, where 294 athletes live, has not yet been enabled. Yes, athletes can return from other provinces with a permit, but they must sleep outside.
There are also a few CTDs that may have permission to be available again in Valladolid, Soria, Murcia, Alicante, Valencia, Malaga, Palencia, Madrid and Barcelona.