24th November 2020
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Details of curfews & restrictions for all regions of Spain during ‘State of Alarm’

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Last update: 14.45h on Tues 24 Nov. Details for each region below will be regularly updated. Please also support us with a donation.

#LATEST [24 Nov] – The Spanish government is proposing a limit on family and social gatherings over the Christmas and New Year period to a maximum of six people. It is also proposing to extend the nighttime curfew to 1am on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Please see our separate report: Proposed restrictions for Christmas and New Year period in Spain

#LATEST [20 Nov] – The Madrid regional government has announced that the region’s perimeter will be closed from 4-14 December, to include the long weekend holiday of the ‘Puente de la Constitución’. [See Madrid below]

#LATEST [19 Nov] – Bars and restaurants will be able to open until 9.30pm from Monday 23 November in Catalonia. There must be a maximum capacity of 30% for indoor seating, with no capacity limit for outside. Other restrictions are being relaxed for culture and sport. [See Catalonia below]. Also see our separate report: Catalonia’s four phase plan to lift Covid-19 restrictions – full details

#LATEST [16 Nov] – The region of Navarra is extending its border closure for another month, until 18 December. The region will also consider authorising the re-opening of outside terraces of bars and restaurants from 26 November, depending on the evolution of Coronavirus. [See Navarra below].

Please note that Spain has also announced that from 23 November it will begin requiring travellers from countries severely affected by Coronavirus to show a negative result from a PCR test upon their arrival. Full report here: Spain to require visitors from high-risk countries to present negative PCR tests

‘State of Alarm’

Spain declared another nationwide ‘state of alarm’ to combat further cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19), from Sunday 25 October, initially for a period of 15 days. The Spanish Congress then voted to extend it for six months, up until 9 May 2021.

The main purpose of the state of alarm is to enable the regional governments of Spain the legal requirements to impose and enforce nighttime curfews and other restrictions, where required.

The new decree imposed an initial nighttime curfew for the whole of Spain from 11pm-6am, although regional authorities are allowed a margin of one hour to bring forward or back these times. The curfew measures do not apply to the Canary Isands. The measures of the new decree allow the regions to:

  • Impose and enforce nighttime mobility restrictions
  • Restrict social gatherings
  • Restrict the opening hours and capacity of establishments
  • Restrict entry and exit from a region, or part of a region
  • Impose confinement to provinces or municipalities, if required, across a region

With nighttime mobility restrictions, only those people who are going to work or returning from work, or who travel due to force majeure, such as for a medical emergency or to care for a dependent person, are allowed to be out. Full details of the measures covered by the state of alarm have been published in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE).

Since 14 August, Spain had already imposed strict new measures on nightlife across the whole country – as well as a ban on smoking outside, where social distancing cannot be maintained. The wearing of face masks also remains obligatory. Each region of Spain has imposed the nightlife and socialising restrictions following their own timetables. Some regions have made the recommended restrictions even tighter.

Below, we publish the new key restrictions currently in place for each region, as a result of the state of alarm. As and when changes are officially announced, we will update the information as soon as we can. Please also consider supporting Spain in English with a donation.

You can also click here for our regular reports on: Coronavirus in Spain.

Main restrictions announced

Police controls in Madrid during the State of Alarm.
Police controls in Madrid during the State of Alarm. (Delegación del Gobierno en Madrid)

Andalusia

#UPDATE [22 Nov] – The region of Andalusia will keep its current restrictions in place until midnight on 10 December, it has been announced.

#LATEST [8 Nov] – The regional government of Andalusia had previously announced that the border closure of the region will remain in place for two more weeks, until 23 November. Also, from midnight Monday, all 778 municipalities of Andalusia will be closed, so that you can only enter or leave them ‘with justified cause’. Bars and restaurants must close at 6pm (as should all ‘non-essential services’ across the region). In Granada, however, all non-essential activity must close, as well as bars and restaurants. The nighttime curfew across the region has been changed to 10pm to 7am.

The borders of Andalusia were originally closed from 12am Friday 30 October until 9 November. The provinces of Granada, Sevilla and Jaén, affecting 448 municipalities, were also confined – as well as the healthcare zones of Córdoba Sur, La Vega de Granada, Jerez-Costa Noroeste and Sierra de Cádiz. The entire region was originally under a 11pm-6am curfew. Bars and restaurants had to close at 10.30pm. Social gatherings are still restricted to a maximum of six people unless living together.

The rules for wearing face masks have also been tightened in Andalusia. Those practising sport, such as jogging and cycling, are now also required to wear masks. They must also be worn at bar and restaurant tables if people are only talking and not eating or drinking.

Aragón

The entire region is under a 11pm-6am curfew. The government of Aragón announced its region’s borders to be closed from midnight on Monday 26 October. The cities of Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza had perviously been confined. Residents in other areas of Aragón are still allowed to move freely throughout the region. Social gatherings are limited to six people. All establishments that serve food and drinks must close by 8pm.

Asturias

#LATEST – The regional government of Asturias has ordered ‘all non-essential economic activity’ to stop. Adrián Barbón, regional president, also announced last Monday that he had asked for authorisation from Spain’s central government to impose ‘home confinement’ for residents in the region for 15 days. However, Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said that the region must wait to first see if current restrictions are having the right effect. ALSO READ: Spain resists home confinement measures, but will review in ‘2-3 weeks’

The entire region is under a 11pm-6am curfew. The regional government of Asturias announced a border closure from Tuesday 27 October night. Residents of Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés had already been confined to their own cities until 7 November. Commercial premises must close by 10pm. All establishments that serve food and drink must close by 11pm. Social gatherings limited to six people.

Balearic Islands

The entire region is under a midnight-6am curfew. Other restrictions include a maximum of six people for social gatherings, no smoking on the streets and no bar service.

Basque Country

The entire region is now under a 10pm-6am curfew. From Saturday 7 November all bars and restaurants across the region were closed. The government of the Basque Country ordered the perimeter closure of the entire region from 6am on Tuesday 27 October. Also, the entry and exit of the municipality of residence for citizens is only allowed for travelling for work, health, educational reasons or for the care of the elderly and dependents. Social gatherings must not exceed six people. Alcohol cannot be sold between 8pm and 8am. Commercial establishments must close by 9pm.

Canary Islands

There is no nighttime curfew in place in the Canary Islands, nor any current confinements. Nightclubs and music bars remain closed, however. In Tenerife, bars and restaurants have to close by midnight. Other islands, closing time can be up to 1am.

Cantabria

#LATEST – The regional government of Cantabria has ordered a perimeter confinement for all its municipalities, as well as the closure of indoor bars and restaurants. Consumption on outside terraces will still be permitted.

The region of Cantabria announced a perimeter lockdown from Thursday 29 October, expected to remain in place until 18 November. The entire region is also under a midnight-6am curfew. Social gatherings are limited to a maximum of six people.

Castilla-La Mancha

The regional government has announced the closure of the region’s perimeter until 9 November. The entire region is also under a midnight-6am curfew. Social gatherings have now been limited to six people.

Castilla y León

#LATEST – The region of Castilla y León ordered the closure of bars and restaurants, except for delivery and takeaway services, from 6 November. Sports centres and large stores (over 2,500 square metres) to close. Visits to residential care homes are also suspended. In Burgos, the regional authorities are urging the population to self-isolate.

The regional government also announced the closure of the region’s perimeter until 9 November. The entire region is also under a 10pm-6am curfew. Perimeter confinements for citizens in León, Burgos, Salamanca and Palencia had been suspended after the new curfew came into force on Saturday evening. Bars and restaurants must close by 10pm, and social gatherings must be a maximum of six people.

Mossos d'Esquadra road checks
The Catalan police (Mossos d’Esquadra) carrying out road checks in Barcelona at the height of the lockdown in April 2020. (Marc Lozano)

Catalonia

Please also refer to our on-going separate report: Catalonia’s four phase plan to lift Covid-19 restrictions – full details

#LATEST [19 Nov] – Bars and restaurants will be able to open until 9.30pm from Monday 23 November in Catalonia. There must be a maximum capacity of 30% for indoor seating, with no capacity limit for outside, but a maximum of 4 people per table. Other restrictions are being relaxed for culture and sport. Outdoor culture and sports facilities can re-start with 50% capacity. The nighttime curfew of 10pm to 6am remains in place. The Catalan government is intending to relax further restrictions over a two month period, in four phases. Click here for further details: Please also see our separate report: Catalonia’s four phase plan to lift Covid-19 restrictions – full details

On 12 Nov Catalonia extended the closure of all bars and restaurant until 23 November. The nighttime curfew in Catalonia from 10pm to 6am had already been extended until at least 23 November. It will continue in place.

  • The borders of Catalonia closed from 12am on Friday 30 October.
  • Residents are confined to their own municipalities at the weekends, from 6am Friday to 6am Monday. Movement between municipalities at weekends is restricted to essential work, force majeure, or to care for a dependent person only.
  • All extra-curricular school activities are suspended.
  • All cultural activities (including theatres, cinemas, music venues) suspended.
  • All activities at sports centres and gyms, public and private, suspended.
  • People in the region are still able to go to work and schools will remain open, but home working is advised, where possible. University tuition to be online only.
  • Bars and restaurants to remain closed. Home delivery of food will be permitted until 10pm.
  • Shopping malls of over 800 square metres to be closed, with 30% capacity for smaller stores.

The entire region is also under a 10pm-6am curfew. All bars and restaurants have now been closed since Friday 16 October, permitting takeaway and delivery services only. Social gatherings are still limited to a maximum of six people.

A restaurant terrace closed in Barcelona
A restaurant terrace closed in Barcelona, as part of the Catalan government’s restrictions. (Steve O’Brien)

Extremadura

The entire region is under a midnight-6am curfew. Social gatherings have been limited to a maximum of six people since 18 October. There are currently no plans for a perimeter lockdown of the region, but there are several municipalities confined in Cáceres (Cilleros, Hoyos, Perales del Puerto, Cabezuela del Valle, Jerte, Tornavacas, Jarandilla de la Vera, Talaveruela de la Vera, Valverde de la Vera, Villanueva de la Vera, Madrigal de la Vera, Hervás, Alcuéscar and Arroyomolinos) and in Badajoz ( La Roca de la Sierra, Almendralejo, Usagre and Villanueva del Fresno).

Galicia

#LATEST – The region of Galicia ordered the closure of all bars and restaurants in its seven cities and 53 other municipalities from Friday 6 November. They will remain closed for one month.

The Galician government also announced that the cities of Santiago, A Coruña, Arteixo, Pontevedra, Vigo, Lugo, Poio, Marín, Ames, Teo and Vimianzo would have perimeter confinements. The entire region is under a 11pm-6am curfew. Social gatherings are limited to five people. In Santiago de Compostela and the bordering town of O Milladoiro, social gatherings with people not living together have been prohibited. Ourense and Barbadàs have had a perimeter confinement since 7 October. Galician authorities also closed the city limits of Verín, Oímbra and Vilardevós.

La Rioja

The entire region is under a 11pm-6am curfew. La Rioja closed the borders of the entire region on Friday 23 October, also ahead of the state of alarm. Social gatherings are limited to a maximum of six people. All establishments must close at 9pm, except pharmacies, supermarkets and local food delivery services. The sale of alcohol is prohibited after 10pm. From 6 November, bars and restaurants in the towns of Arnedo and Logroño were ordered to close.

Madrid

#LATEST [20 Nov] – The Madrid regional government has announced that the region’s perimeter will be closed from 4-14 December (ending midnight on 13 Dec) to include the long weekend holiday of the ‘Puente de la Constitución’. Tuesday 8 December is a national holiday in Spain. Monday 7 December is a holiday in all regions (as the Constitution day falls on a Sunday), except in Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia, Valencia, Galicia and the Basque Country. However, many people across Spain will take the ‘puente’ long weekend holiday.

Previously, the Madrid regional government led by Isabel Diaz Ayuso had opted to close the perimeter of the region only ‘for days’ at a time rather than longer periods, in order to take in the long weekend holidays in Madrid during November [Monday 2 and 9 Nov were also holidays in Madrid].

Madrid has also announced that it is increasing the number of healthcare areas to have perimeter confinements (see below for other areas already with restrictions). From noon on Monday 23 November, the following areas will also have perimeter lockdowns for a period of 14 days: Vicálvaro-Artilleros (Vicálvaro) and La Elipa (Ciudad Lineal), as well as the following areas in the city of Madrid itself: Cuzco, Castilla-La Nueva and Alicante, (Fuenlabrada), and La Moraleja (Alcobendas).

#LATEST [13 Nov] – The region of Madrid has announced that it is lifting the restrictions from Monday that have been in place in 10 healthcare areas, out of a total of 41 areas overall that had mobility restrictions. The healthcare zones that are having restrictions lifted are: San Andrés, San Cristóbal and El Espinillo (Villaverde); Peña Prieta and Rafael Alberti (Puente de Vallecas); Vinateros-Torito (Moratalaz); Las Fronteras and Brújula (Torrejón de Ardoz); San Blas (Parla); and Guadarrama (Guadarrama).

Isabel Diaz Ayuso
President of the Madrid regional government, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, on 28 October 2020. (@IdiazAyuso)

The entire region still remains under a midnight-6am curfew. Following the end of its own state of alarm on Saturday 24 October, Madrid had announced new restrictions. Between midnight and 6am, all social or family gatherings at private residences are now limited to cohabitants.

Hotels, cinemas, theatres, sports facilities, university residences, parks, gardens, and gaming and betting establishments must close at midnight. All non-essential shops must close at 10pm and opening hours must not be before 6am. As a general rule, all capacity at establishments should be at a maximum 50% – except for cinemas, theatres or terraces, which remains at 75%.

Many healthcare zones of Madrid remain under a perimeter lockdown. In the city of Madrid itself, the areas are: Núñez Morgado (in the district of Chamartín), Guzmán el Bueno (Chamberí), Entrevías, Alcalá de Guadaira, Numancia and Pozo del Tío Raimundo (Puente de Vallecas), Daroca (Ciudad Lineal), Pavones and Vandel (Moratalaz), Puerta del Ángel (Latina), Virgen de Begoña (Fuencarral) and Infanta Mercedes and Villaamil (Tetuán).

Outside of Madrid city, the healthcare areas are: Collado Villalba (in the municipality of Collado Villalba), Majadahonda (Majadahonda), San Juan de la Cruz (Pozuelo de Alarcón), Pintores (Parla), Colmenar Viejo Norte (Colmenar Viejo), Morata de Tajuña (Morata de Tajuña), El Boalo (Manzanares el Real), Villarejo de Salvanes (Villarejo de Salvanes) and Colmenar de Oreja (Colmenar de Oreja).

Murcia

#LATEST – The region of Murcia has ordered the closure of all bars and restaurants, with the exception of takeaway and delivery services, from 7 November. It is expected to remain in force for 14 days. Children’s playgrounds and parks also now close at 7pm.

The government of Murcia announced the closing of the entire region’s perimeter, as well as all 45 municipalities, from midnight on Thursday until 9 NovemberThe entire region is also under a 11pm-6am curfew. Other restrictions are already in place, such as banning eating and drinking in public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained. Social gatherings had already been for a maximum of six people.

Restaurants and bars closed
Several regions of Spain have ordered the closure of restaurants and bars, allowing takeaway and delivery services only. (Edu Bayer)

Navarra

#LATEST [16 Nov] – The region of Navarra is extending its border closure for another month, until 18 December. The region will also consider authorising the re-opening of outside terraces of bars and restaurants from 26 November, depending on the evolution of Coronavirus.

The entire region remains under a 11pm-6am curfew. Bars and restaurants are closed, and the sale of alcohol is prohibited between 9pm and 8am. Shops must close at 9pm, and capacity is limited to 40%. Social gatherings must be a maximum of six people.

Valencia Region

ALSO READ: Valencia in English – weekly round-up (22 Nov)

#LATEST [6 Nov] – The Valencian regional government has ordered the perimeter confinement of the municipalities of Elda and Petrer in the province of Alicante for two weeks due to their current epidemiological situation. The government has also introduced new restrictions for the entire region in that the capacity of shops, bars and restaurants must now reduce to between 30% and maximum 50%. Valencian president Ximo Puig has also announced the perimeter closure of the entire region for another seven days.

#LATEST – President of the Valencian government, Ximo Puig, has said that the perimeter closure of the Valencia region will be extended for ‘at least one more week from Friday 6 November’. He added; ‘We are evaluating ongoing measures with public health authorities to respond with certainty to the second wave’.

Puig had announced last Thursday evening that, ‘From tomorrow, Friday 30 October, at 12 noon, it will not be possible to enter or leave the Valencian territory. This measure will extend for a period of seven calendar days.’ Movement is allowed between municipalities across the region.

The entire region is also under a midnight-6am curfew. The Valencia region had already announced new restrictions ahead of the state of alarm, including the nighttime curfew. The maximum number of members in a family or social gathering in public spaces is limited to six people, and also in private spaces between people who do not live together. Parks and outdoor recreation areas may only be open until 10pm. In bars, hotels and restaurants, consumption must always be at a table, never at the bar. The tables will be for a maximum of six people. The sale of alcohol is prohibited between 10pm and 8am, except in hotels and restaurants. These general restrictions are in place until at least 9 December.

Previous ‘State of Alarm’ and restrictions

Under the previous state of alarm imposed back in March, Spain had originally commenced a nationwide lockdown for two weeks from 14 March, with measures that confined everyone to their homes apart from leaving to purchase food or medication, or to go to their place of work only if they could not perform their duties from home. As the state of alarm could only be in place for a maximum of 15 days at a time without a vote in parliament to extend it, there followed six debates in order to do so.

After one week, the initial measures were extended until 12 April, for a second time until 26 April, a third time until 9 May, a fourth time until 23 May, then a fifth time until 7 JuneOn Wednesday 3 June the Spanish Congress then voted to extend the state of alarm until 21 June. It was the sixth and final extension.

When Congress had voted to extend the state of alarm for the third time until 9 May, it had also come with the relaxing of some of the restrictions, specifically allowing children to take daily walks for an hour from Sunday 26 April, after 43 days confined at home.

From Saturday 2 May – after 48 days in confinement – adults across Spain were also allowed out to walk and exercise during set time-slots. Spain’s four-phase de-escalation plan then officially commenced from Monday 4 May. The country finally started its New Normality phase on 22 June. To try and save the tourist season, crucial to the Spanish economy, Spain also opened its borders to EU travellers from 21 June, and to many non-EU international travellers from 1 July. After the second wave of Covid-19 infections took effect, however, many countries – including the UK imposed self-isolation and quarantine on travellers returning to their countries from Spain.

Since 22 June, responsibility for public healthcare and managing the Coronavirus pandemic had been left in the hands of Spain’s 17 regional governments.

On 14 August, however, Spain announced strict new measures on nightlife across the whole country – as well as a ban on smoking outside, where social distancing cannot be maintained. The wearing of face masks also remains obligatory.

A restaurant terrace closed in Barcelona
A restaurant terrace closed in Barcelona, as part of the Catalan government’s new restrictions imposed for 15 days from Friday 16 October. (Steve O’Brien)

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6 comments

3 29th October 2020 at 9:34 pm

Lock down only till 6 am so Chinese virus only comes out at night Lol

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Lois McCullough 3rd November 2020 at 10:21 am

Why is Petanca still being played when groups are in a much greater excess than 6

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Ela 9th November 2020 at 2:52 pm

The ‘Rona can read maps and knows where provincial borders are, and knows Not to be virulent on one side as opposed to the other, hence restaurants and bars open in some provinces and not in others! LoL

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Tamsyn Lawrence 11th November 2020 at 11:43 pm

Your information is incorrect. I live in ibiza, Balearic islands and our curfew is 10pm not midnight despite what you keep saying

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Paul Cohen 23rd November 2020 at 5:56 pm

I had to read this 3 times to understand the border closure does not end on the 23rd November. Adding the word ALSO does not sufficiently clarify the information. I am travelling to Ayamonte tomorrow to live. Thank you, Paul

LATEST [8 Nov] – The regional government of Andalusia had previously announced that the border closure of the region will remain in place for two more weeks, until 23 November. Also, from midnight Monday, all 778 municipalities of Andalusia will be closed, so that you can only enter or leave them ‘with justified cause’. Bars and restaurants must close at 6pm (as should all ‘non-essential services’ across the region). In Granada, however, all non-essential activity must close, as well as bars and restaurants. The nighttime curfew across the region has been changed to 10pm to 7am.

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TONY BARKER 24th November 2020 at 11:24 am

I arrive at Malaga next Monday evening at 20-00 hrs from where I have to transit by Car hire through various municipalities to Gibraltar , where I am a resident
I will complete all the necessary paper work and have a PCR test but will this journey be permitted especially as I might not get to La Linea until shortly after 22-00hrs , the start of curfew

Any input would be very much appreciated and is there a phone number I can call to get factual information

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