10th May 2021
Police controls in Madrid during the State of Alarm.
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Details of restrictions for all regions of Spain, now ‘State of Alarm’ has ended

Latest: Coronavirus in Spain figures (7 May)

The ‘State of Alarm’ ends

The State of Alarm that had been in place in Spain since 25 October 2020 finally ended from midnight on Saturday 8 May. Its purpose was to enable the regional governments the legal requirements to impose and enforce nighttime curfews and other specific restrictions, in order to combat the spread of Coronavirus.

Several regions have wanted to keep the nighttime curfew and limits on social gatherings after 9 May, but it is now up to the courts to decide if these specific measures can be imposed, not the central government. Most other restrictions can be imposed and enforced by each regional authority.

Four regions – the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, the Valencia region and Navarra – have decided to maintain curfews in place (with most already approved by the courts). Please see details below. 

Nightlife ‘music bars’ – and face masks

Please note, that since 14 August 2020, Spain imposed strict new measures on nightlife across the whole country. At the moment, nightlife music bars and discos remain shut in most regions, if not with outside terraces. The wearing of face masks also remains obligatory in Spain. ALSO READ: Spain amends face masks rule on beaches to allow for exemptions.

Below are the main current measures in place for each region of Spain. As soon as official announcements are made, we will endeavour to update the details as soon as we can. In the meantime, please support Spain in English with a donation.

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

New measures in place for each region

Andalusia

ALSO READ: Andalusia in English – weekly round-up (3 May)

Measures in place from 9-31 May are:

  • No nighttime curfew
  • Regional border is open
  • No limit to numbers at social gatherings
  • Restaurants can open until midnight, with a maximum of eight people per table indoors, and ten people outdoors
  • Bars can stay open until 2am. Dance floors, however, are only be allowed in municipalities at the lowest risk level, and must be also be outside only.
  • For outdoor cultural events, audience members of different groups need to be separated either by an empty seat or maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres.
  • As fas as mobility is concerned, municipalities with high-incidence rates will be closed, if approved by the courts.
  • Maximum capacity at religious ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, is set at 300 and 500 people for indoors and outdoor venues, respectively.

Aragón

  • No nighttime curfew
  • Regional border is open
  • Maximum of 6 people at social gatherings in all settings; in confined settings, maximum is 4.
  • If courts agree to it, the current perimeter lockdown of the municipalities with high-incidence rates (Tarazona, Jaca and Calatayud, as well as the comarcas of Cinco Villas, Campo de Cariñena, Ribera Alta del Ebro and Valdejalón) will remain in place.
  • Bars and restaurants can remain open until 10pm in unconfined areas. In confined areas, until 8pm.
  • Shops in unconfined areas can remain open until 10pm. In confined areas, until 8pm.

Asturias

  • No nighttime curfew
  • Regional border is open
  • No limit to social gatherings
  • No restrictions on mobility
  • Bars and restaurants can remain open until 1am, with a maximum of 6 people per table
  • The regional government will also ask the courts for authorisation to close municipality lockdowns in situations of extreme risk
  • Capacity in conferences and conventions is increased to 300 people, with assigned seating
  • Large-scale events are still not be allowed
  • Shops that are larger than 300 sq metres, capacity is limited to 70%

Balearic Islands

  • Nighttime curfew from 11pm to 6am (approved by courts)
  • No border closure, but the courts have also authorised the region to maintain security controls for arrivals to the islands
  • Bars and restaurants can open until 10.30pm outdoors.
  • Shops can open until 9pm.
  • Social gatherings limited to a maximum of 6 people, and between a maximum of two households, in all settings
  • No border closure, but the courts have also authorised the region to maintain security controls for arrivals to the islands
  • Maximum capacity at religious ceremonies is 50%

Basque Country

  • There is a ‘recommended’ nighttime curfew to limit mobility from 11pm to 6am – but this has not been approved by the courts as a legally binding curfew. It is understood the Basque government is planning to appeal against the court’s ruling
  • No border closure
  • Social gatherings are recommended to be limited to a maximum of 4 people
  • Bars and restaurants can open until 10pm.
  • Shops can open until 10pm.

Canary Islands

  • The Canary Islands seek to impose nighttime curfews from 11pm to 6am in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Graciosa and El Hierro – and from midnight to 6am in Fuerteventura, La Gomera and La Palma. However, these curfews have not yet been approved by the courts.
  • No border closure
  • Social gatherings – maximum of 10 people in Fuerteventura, La Gomera and La Palma and 6 in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Graciosa and El Hierro.
  • No restrictions on mobility
  • Bars and restaurants can open until midnight in Fuerteventura, La Gomera and La Palma. In Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Graciosa and El Hierro, until 11pm

Cantabria

  • Nighttime curfew between 11pm and 6am.
  • No nighttime curfew
  • No border closure
  • No limit to social gatherings
  • No restrictions on mobility
  • Bars and restaurants can open until 10.30pm – with no new customers after 10pm
  • Non-essential trade can continue until 10.30pm

Castilla-La Mancha

  • No nighttime curfew
  • No border closure
  • It is recommended that social gatherings at home are co-habitants only
  • No restrictions on mobility
  • Bars, restaurants and leisure venues can stay open until 1am

Castilla y León

  • Nighttime curfew is from midnight to 6am.
  • Social gatherings are limited to six people.
  • No nighttime curfew
  • No border closure
  • No limit to social gatherings
  • No restrictions on mobility 
  • Bars and restaurants can stay opens until midnight. However, the interior of bars and restaurants will be closed in areas where the incidence rate is above 150. 
  • No time limits for shops

Catalonia

Measures in place from 9-23 May are:

  • No nighttime curfew
  • Regional border is open
  • No mobility restrictions within Catalonia
  • Bars and restaurants can open from 7:30h to 23h, and serve food up to 23h. Maximum 30% capacity indoors but no limits placed on outdoor seating.
  • Only up to four people can sit together at the same table except for larger groups of members of the same household. Everyone must wear a face mask when not eating or drinking.
  • Bars and restaurants located inside shopping centres can open. 
  • Groups of up to 6 people only in social gatherings, in any setting (agreed by the court).
  • Gyms and other sports facilities can open at 50% capacity until 23h.
  • Sports club member meetings can take place at 50% capacity with 500 people at most or 1,000 if the venue is adequately ventilated. 
  • Shops and shopping malls can open at 30% capacity from 6am to 10pm. Large retailers no longer have caps on the maximum amount of space they can open.  
  • Religious ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, can have a 50% capacity limit with a maximum of 1,000 people, as long as there is sufficient ventilation and access is controlled, otherwise, the capacity remains at a maximum of 500 people. (These measures also agreed by court).
  • Theatres, cinemas, concert halls can open at 50% capacity with a maximum 1,000 people, as long as there is sufficient ventilation and venue access is controlled, otherwise capacity must remain at 500. They must close by 11 pm. 
  • Amusement parks, bingo halls, casinos can open at 30% capacity. 
  • No picnics – groups of people are not allowed to eat or drink in public unless they are at a bar or restaurant.  

Extremadura

ALSO READ: Extremadura in English – weekly round-up (3 May)

  • Nighttime curfew is from 11pm.
  • Social gatherings are limited to six people.outdoors, four people indoors.
  • No nighttime curfew
  • No border closure
  • No restrictions on mobility
  • Bars and restaurants can open until midnight.
  • Shops can open until 8pm

Galicia

  • No nighttime curfew except in areas of high incidence rates (above 500 for 14 days or 200 for 7 days), where it is from 11pm to 6am
  • No border closure
  • Social gatherings – maximum of 6 people outdoors and 4 indoors. Social gatherings between members of different households will be prohibited between 1am and 6am – but awaiting for court approval 
  • Bars can stay open until 11pm and restaurants until 1am
  • Shopping hours can return to normality

La Rioja

  • No nighttime curfew
  • No border closure
  • Social gatherings – maximum of 6 people is ‘recommended’ 
  • No restrictions on mobility
  • Bars and restaurants can open until midnight

Madrid

  • No nighttime curfew
  • No border closure
  • Social gatherings – a maximum of 6 people is ‘recommended’ in all settings. The regional government also recommends that meetings between homes or at home do not take place but does not prohibit them
  • Perimeter closures will continue of basic healthcare zones with high incidence rates (14 currently confined)
  • Bars and restaurants can open until midnight (50% capacity in indoor areas and 75% in outdoor areas); ban on counter service continues
  • Theatres and other venues, including shopping malls, have a 75% capacity
  • Shops can stay open until 11pm

Murcia

  • No nighttime curfew
  • No border closure
  • Social gatherings – maximum of 6 people not living together, both in public and private spaces
  • No restrictions on mobility
  • Bars and restaurants can open until midnight.
  • All other non-essential trade can continue until midnight; essential trade can continue between midnight and 6am
  • Municipalities will be confined when the incidence exceeds 250 cases or rises more than 80% on the previous week

Navarra

  • Nighttime curfew from 11pm to 6am (pending court approval)
  • No border closure
  • Social gatherings – maximum of 6 people and two groups of co-habitants in homes
  • Closure of municipalities with high incidence rates
  • Bars and restaurants can open until 10pm (only terraces)
  • Shops can open until 9pm

Valencia Region

ALSO READ: Valencia in English – weekly round-up (9 May)

Measures in place from 9-24 May are:

  • Nighttime curfew from midnight to 6am (approved by court)
  • No border closure
  • Social gatherings – maximum of 10 people in all settings
  • No restrictions on mobility
  • Bars and restaurants can stay open until 11.30pm
  • Religious ceremonies – maximum capacity 75%

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14 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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Tracy 29th November 2020 at 1:48 pm

I want to travel from Galicia to Malaga at Christmastime to be with my family. This will mean Galicia, Castilla Leon, Extramadura, and Andalucia including the ronda of Sevilla which does pass within city limits. About 95% of this is autopista. Will I be able to drive straight through or will there be checkpoints? Should I split this into two days travelling or do what I usually do and drive straight through? It’s 1200 klms but I like driving.

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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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Pedro 20th January 2021 at 9:38 pm

Are we aloud to walk in groups in the mountains of the cost a Blanca ??

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Janette 23rd January 2021 at 1:13 am

The information regarding the Canary Islands’ curfews and levels has not been updated. As of Monday 18th January, Gran Canaria has been in Level 3, and Tenerife in Level 2.

Lanzarote, La Graciosa moved to Level 2 today.

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Janette 23rd January 2021 at 1:14 am

CORRECTION LANZAROTE AND LA GRACIOSA MOVED TO LEVEL 4, TODAY.

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Michal 27th January 2021 at 1:38 pm

Am I able to move between Valencia and Alicante on Saturday if I have a plane back to my country from Alicante? Is this a justified reason to move between cities?

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Rob Kimberley 8th February 2021 at 9:37 am

Canaries operating 4 levels of restrictions….

La isla de Tenerife: Nivel de Alerta 2. La fecha de vigencia de las correspondientes medidas preventivas que le son de aplicación hasta el 11 de febrero de 2021, inclusive, quedando supeditada a las revaluaciones periódicas.
La isla de Gran Canaria: Nivel de Alerta 3. La fecha de vigencia de las correspondientes medidas preventivas que le son de aplicación hasta el 11 de febrero de 2021, inclusive, quedando supeditada a las revaluaciones periódicas.
La isla de Fuerteventura: Nivel de Alerta 2. La fecha de vigencia de las correspondientes medidas preventivas que le son de aplicación hasta el 11 de febrero de 2021, inclusive, quedando supeditada a las revaluaciones periódicas.
La isla de Lanzarote: Nivel de Alerta 4. La fecha de vigencia de las correspondientes medidas preventivas que le son de aplicación hasta el 11 de febrero de 2021, inclusive, quedando supeditada a las revaluaciones periódicas.
Las islas de La Palma y La Gomera: Nivel de Alerta 1. La fecha de vigencia de las correspondientes medidas preventivas que le son de aplicación hasta el 11 de febrero de 2021, inclusive, quedando supeditada a las revaluaciones periódicas.
La isla de El Hierro: Nivel de Alerta 2. La fecha de vigencia de las correspondientes medidas preventivas que le son de aplicación hasta el 11 de febrero de 2021, inclusive, quedando supeditada a las revaluaciones periódicas.

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Neil 7th May 2021 at 6:26 pm

Why have you stated that the main purpose of the state of alarm was to legaly impose nightime curfews when the curfews are continueing after the state of alarm ???? So they are imposing curfews illegaly after the state of alarm or you are stating facts that are not certain ?

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Spain in English 7th May 2021 at 7:32 pm

As we have already replied to your direct messages to us, Neil – our report is correct. When the State of Alarm ends, only a court will decide if a region can impose a nighttime curfew. No curfew can be imposed ‘illegally’. We will be updating with a new report for each region on or before 9 May. Thanks.

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