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Details of curfews & restrictions for all regions during ‘State of Alarm’

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#LATEST – 7 April – Catalonia is reinstating its comarca (county) perimeter restrictions from Friday 9 April, following the Easter break. The mobility restrictions had been lifted on 15 March. See Catalonia below for further details.

Easter period restrictions

The Spanish Health Ministry, in agreement with the majority of Spain’s regional health authorities, has confirmed the perimeter closure for each region of Spain during the Easter period (up until 9 April), in order to prevent ‘national tourism’, and with the nighttime curfew finally agreed from 11pm to 6am. 11pm is the latest time for the curfew to start, although regions can also decide to bring it forward (or maintain it if already in place), to 10pm. The measures apply to all mainland Spain; the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands are exempt from the restrictions*.

The measures for the Easter period will be in place from 26 March until 9 April, during which no travelling from region to region will be allowed. Furthermore, social gatherings should be a maximum of 4 people for indoor public spaces, and 6 people for outdoor public spaces. In private dwellings, gatherings must only be between co-habitants. Each region (see below) will also impose its own restrictions and measures regarding any public events, and continue to manage restrictions regarding bar and restaurant opening times, capacity and opening times of retail outlets, venuessporting activities and other on-going measures in place. Each region will also still manage any restrictions on travelling within the region itself – between provinces, municipalities, health zones or ‘comarcas’ (counties).

The health authorities in Madrid voted against the new measures for Easter and are challenging the restrictions in court – although in the meantime, they will adhere to them. The Health Ministry has stated that the measures are obligatory and are published in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE).

*People may only travel to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands for reasons already stipulated in the terms of the State of Alarm (see below), such as returning to a principal residence, or for medical treatment, work, or for caring for dependants. The Health Minister Carolina Darias said, ‘We want to make it clear that you cannot travel to the Islands for tourism.’ ALSO READ: German tourists flock to Mallorca, but citizens from mainland Spain not allowed 

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‘State of Alarm’

Spain declared a new nationwide ‘state of alarm’ to combat further cases of Coronavirus from 25 October 2020. It is officially in place for six months, 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. [Also read: Government will not allow regions to legally start curfews earlier than 10pm]. The current measures of the decree allow the regions to:

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 originally covered by the state of alarm were 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 main current restrictions in place for each region, as a result of the state of alarm. We update the information as soon as we can. Please also consider supporting Spain in English with a donation

Please note that Spain is also lifting the suspension of arrivals from the UK from 30 March. Restrictions are being maintained on arrivals from Brazil and South Africa until at least 13 April. Please refer to our separate report: Spain lifts suspension of arrivals from UK from 30 March.

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

Regional restrictions for Easter

Andalusia

Aragón

Asturias

Balearic Islands

The archipelago is not under a perimeter lockdown, but many restrictions are in place. 

Basque Country

Canary Islands

Cantabria

Castilla-La Mancha

Castilla y León

Catalonia

#LATEST – 7 April – Catalonia is reinstating its comarca (county) perimeter restrictions from Friday 9 April, following the Easter break. The mobility restrictions had been lifted on 15 March. The new measures will now be in place until at least 19 April. Other restrictions are as follows:

Extremadura

Galicia

La Rioja

Madrid

Murcia

Navarra

Valencia Region

The Valencia region relaxed further restrictions from 15 March until 12 April:

Previous ‘State of Alarm’ and restrictions

Under the previous state of alarm imposed during 2020, Spain had originally commenced a nationwide lockdown for two weeks from 14 March 2020, 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.

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