#LATEST UPDATE at 12.15h on Thurs 4 Feb – See new details for Catalonia below. We are currently updating this whole report for each region below. Please also consider supporting Spain in English with a donation
‘State of Alarm’
Spain declared a new nationwide ‘state of alarm’ to combat further cases of Coronavirus from Sunday 25 October 2020. It is officially in place 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. [Also read: Government will not allow regions to legally start curfews earlier than 10pm]. The current measures of the 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 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. 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
Please note that Spain has also extended restrictions on flights from the UK in order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 variant discovered there. Please refer to our separate report: Spain suspends flight arrivals from UK, except for Spanish nationals and residents.
Main current restrictions
- The Andalusian government is asking for citizens to ‘voluntarily’ remain at home from 8pm, although the nighttime curfew has been legally set from 10pm to 6am.
- Municipal confinement has been imposed on towns that see infection rates rise above 500 cases per 100,000 with the closure of all non-essential businesses in municipalities where the rate tops 1,000 cases per 100,000. Details of the current status of each municipality can be found via this interactive map published by the Andalusian regional government.
- A perimeter closure of the region is currently in place, with travelling in and out prohibited without justified cause.
- Travel between the eight provinces of Andalusia is no longer allowed.
- Social gatherings are now limited to four people and should be limited to one household.
- In general, and if not already closed in municipalities where the case rate is over 1,000, then shops must close by 8pm, and bars and restaurants by 6pm. However, cafés which can remain open until 8pm, but not serve alcohol.
- There is also a perimeter lockdown of eight municipalities in the Campo de Gibraltar area. This follows the announcement on 2 January from the Gibraltar government that the British Overseas Territory, which borders Campo de Gibraltar, is under lockdown for at least 14 days due to the rising number of cases there.
- Also click here for all the Coronavirus related information in Andalusia.
? MEDIDAS ESPECIALES #COVIDー19
1⃣ Entre 500 y 1.000 casos por 100.000 hab.
? Cierre perimetral
2⃣ Más 1.000 casos por 100.000 hab:
? Cierre perimetral
❌ Cierre de hostelería y comercio no esencial
Dentro hilo ?? pic.twitter.com/aRZFpukpK7
— Junta de Andalucía (@AndaluciaJunta) January 22, 2021
The borders of Aragón are now closed until 15 Febuary. Other key measures are:
- Nightime curfew is now from 10pm-6am.
- All non-essential activities must close by 8pm Mon-Thurs, and by 6pm Fri-Sun.
- Social gatherings now limited to four people.
- Bars and restaurants are limited to a maximum 30% capacity inside and 50% outside.
- There are perimeter confinements on the provinces of Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel.
- Travel between provinces and in and out of the region is not allowed unless for justified reasons (and a declaration form must be signed).
- Since Friday 15 January, the regional authorities have also imposed perimeter confinements on all municipalities over 10,000 inhabitants with an incidence rate above 250 cases per 100,000 over 14 days. These towns/cities are now restricted: Zaragoza, Huesca, Teruel, Calatayud, Cuarte, Ejea de los Caballeros, Utebo, Alcañiz and Tarazona.
- Also click here for all the Coronavirus related information in Aragón.
⚠ Recuerda el confinamiento perimetral de: Aragón, sus provincias y los municipios de Zaragoza, Huesca, Teruel, Calatayud, Ejea de los Caballeros, Alcañiz, Tarazona, Cuarte y Utebo.
— Gobierno de Aragón (@GobAragon) January 20, 2021
- There is currently a border closure of Asturias. Travelling in and out of the region is not permitted except for visits to see family and other justified reasons.
- Nighttime curfew is from 11pm to 6am.
- Social gatherings must be a maximum of six people, preferably between a maximum of two households.
- Maximum of four people can be seated at bars and restaurants, both inside and outside. Bar counter service prohibited. All bars and restaurants must close by 8pm. Home deliveries permitted up to 11.30pm.
- Maximum 30% capacity in shopping centres and stores.
- Cultural events must not exceed 300 people in attendance, observing social distancing rules and wearing face masks.
- Also visit the health department of the Asturias regional government.
?Se adelanta a las 20:00 el cierre de hostelería y comercio.
?Se permite reparto de comida a domicilio hasta las 23:30.
?Se prohibe fumar en terrazas de bares y restaurantes.
— Gobierno de Asturias (@GobAsturias) January 14, 2021
The archipelago is not under a perimeter lockdown, but many restrictions are in place. The Balearic Islands’ authorities also use a four-level alert system to measure the degree of risk on each island. Mallorca is currently on level four, while Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera are on level three. The main restrictions are:
- Since 20 December, all visitors to the Balearic Islands who come from another region of Spain with an incidence rate above 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants must present a negative PCR test if tourists, or take an antigen test in the region’s port or airport if they are travelling for justified reasons.
- On the island of Mallorca until 28 Jan, social gatherings are limited to members of the same household, with exceptions for individuals who live alone and couples who live in separate residences.
- The nighttime curfew for Mallorca is from 10pm to 6am. From 13 January, restaurants are only allowed to open for takeaway and home delivery.
- Non-essential businesses must close at 8pm, while essential businesses can open until 10pm.
- Shopping centres and large stores are closed from 13 January until 30 January.
- With Menorca and Formentera on level 3, the curfew is from midnight to 6am and social gatherings are limited to six people. Bars and restaurants can open indoors, with a maximum of six people at a table. Shops can open at 50% capacity.
- Ibiza is also on level 3, but has stricter measures: cafes, bars and restaurants cannot indoor areas and the curfew begins at 10pm.
- Also visit the health department of the Balearic Islands government.
Consulta aquí les mesures de protecció vigents des d’avui a Mallorca, Eivissa i Formentera ? pic.twitter.com/9pLHVlW4Na
— Govern de les Illes Balears (@goib) January 13, 2021
- The Basque Country remains under a perimeter lockdown.
- Only travel with the same province is allowed, unless in cases of force majeure.
- Nighttime curfew is from 10pm to 6am.
- Social gatherings are limited to a maximum of six people from a maximum of two households.
- All shops and stores, except for petrol stations and pharmacies must close at 9pm.
- The sale of alcohol from all establishments is prohibited from 9pm and 8am.
- Bar and restaurant capacity is limited to 50% indoors. Counter service is prohibited and only four people are allowed at a table.
- Also visit the health department of the Basque government.
- The Canary Islands follow a three tier level to determine the measures of restrictions.
- Gran Canaria and Lanzarote are now on level 2, with the nighttime curfew from 11pm to 6am and a maximum of four people at social gatherings. La Gomera is on the same restrictions.
- Tenerife is on level 3, with the curfew starting at 10pm, social gatherings also limited to four people. bars and restaurants cannot serve indoors, and only at 50% capacity outdoors.
- In El Hierro, La Palma and Fuerteventura, on level 1, the curfew is from midnight to 6am and social gatherings are limited to six people.
- Also visit the health department of the Canary Islands government.
— CanariaSaludable (@CanSaludable) January 11, 2021
Cantabria has extended its current measures until at least the end of January. They include:
- Regional perimeter lockdown
- Nighttime curfew between 10pm and 6am.
- Social gatherings limited to a maximum of six people.
- Bars and restaurants and cannot serve indoors, only outdoors, where capacity is limited to 50%.
- Capacity of most cultural, sporting and entertainment activities is reduced to 30%.
- Also visit the health department of the Cantabria regional government.
?‼️Publicadas ya en el #BOC las nuevas medidas sanitarias ? que entrarán en vigor este sábado de forma indefinida. Se decreta el cierre de (sigue hilo ?)
— Gobierno Cantabria (@cantabriaes) January 14, 2021
- The region’s borders are closed, with people only allowed to travel in and out for essential reasons, such as work and medical visits.
- Nighttime curfew is from midnight to 6am.
- Social gatherings are limited to six people.
- Bar and restaurant restrictions depend on the risk level of each municipality. In level 3 areas, bars, restaurants and cafés must close by 11pm and capacity in outdoor dining areas is reduced to 50%, with only six people allowed at the same table.
- Across the whole region, cinemas, theatres and auditoriums remain closed. Bars and restaurants cannot serve indoors.
- Also visit the health department of the Castilla-La Mancha government.
?Desde hoy hay medidas reforzadas en la provincia de Ciudad Real. Estarán en vigor durante un mínimo de 10 días.
?Cierre perimetral de todos los municipios
?Toque de queda 22:00 h a 07:00 h
❌Cierre de hostelería, centros comerciales, gimnasios
— Sanidad CLM (@SanidadCLM) January 14, 2021
Castilla y León
- The whole region remains under a perimeter lockdown and has a four level alert system.
- Nighttime curfew is from 10pm to 6am.
- Social gatherings limited to six people.
- Tougher restrictions apply to provinces at higher levels on the region’s alert system: Burgos, León, Palencia, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid and Zamora. Service at bar counters is prohibited in these areas.
- Also visit the health department of the Castilla y León government.
Actualización de la guía de @112cyl sobre preguntas y respuestas más habituales(#FAQ) en relación con el #Nivel4 de alerta sanitaria reforzado para la contención de la pandema por la #COVID_19, vigente en la actualidad en #CastillaYLeón: https://t.co/NP4wCpsCq2 pic.twitter.com/gV1CravkJY
— Salud JCYL (@Salud_JCYL) January 14, 2021
#LATEST – Thurs 4 Feb – From Monday 8 February, restrictions on mobility are being moved to comarca (county) level, meaning that citizens can once again travel beyond their municipal borders.
Bars and restaurants will also be able to serve customers for one hour extra at breakfast and lunchtimes. This means that people will be able to sit at tables between 7:30am-10:30am and 1pm-4.30pm in the afternoon. Gyms will also be able to re-open at 30% capacity.
PREVIOUS UPDATE on Weds 20 Jan – The current restrictions below are now to be extended until 7 Feb. Please also refer to our on-going separate report: Catalonia’s four phase plan to lift Covid-19 restrictions. The main current key restrictions are:
- Municipality of residence confinements (initially set to end on 17 Jan) have now been extended for at least another 7 days, until 24 January – including weekdays and weekends. NOW EXTENDED to 7 Feb.
- Only shops of up to 400 sqm are allowed to open on weekdays, but retail stores will have to remain closed at the weekend except for those providing essential goods.
- Shopping malls have been forced to close since 7 January, as will gyms.
- Bars and restaurants are allowed to open from 7am to 9.30am and from 1pm to 3.30pm. In the evening, take away and delivery services are only permitted.
- Also visit the health department of the Catalan government.
El #PROCICAT acorda allargar les restriccions vigents a Catalunya 15 dies més, fins al 7 de febrer.
? Si us voleu descarregar la infografia:https://t.co/t2ThS7e7ED
— Salut (@salutcat) January 20, 2021
- Hotels, shops and leisure activities are closed in municipalities with over 5,000 inhabitants.
- Nighttime curfew is from 10pm.
- Social gatherings are limited to six people.
- Capacity is limited to 30% and in restaurants and bars. Up to a maximum of four people are allowed at the same table, both indoors and outdoors.
- Also visit the health department of the Extremadura government.
? Publicado el #DOE:
✅ Restricción de la #Movilidad intermunicipal en todas las localidades de la región.
? En vigor desde mañana jueves, 14 de enero, hasta el miércoles 20 de enero de 2021 pic.twitter.com/cYC5e1bDhV
— Junta de Extremadura (@Junta_Ex) January 13, 2021
- From Wednesday 27 January, Galicia is applying a ‘maximum restriction level’, for at least three weeks.
- The regional border continues to be closed.
- Social interactions must be limited to co-habitants only.
- All perimeters of municipalities to be closed; mobility allowed within municipality only.
- Citizens are asked to ‘voluntarily’ remain at home after 8pm, although the legal nighttime curfew starts at 10pm.
- Non-essential commerce can remain only only up to 6pm, but capacity in shops is limited to 50%.
- Shopping centres must close at weekends.
- For bars and restaurants must close, except for takeaway and home deliveries.
- People from different households are not allowed to meet.
- Also visit the health department of the Galicia regional government.
- Also click here for all the Coronavirus related information in Galicia.
⚠️ Novas medidas para facer fronte á covid-19 en toda Galicia
? A Comunidade estará no nivel máximo de restricións
? Como mínimo, durante tres semanas: desde a medianoite de mañá ao mércores ata a medianoite do martes 16 ao mércores 17 de febreiro
Fío coas medidas ? pic.twitter.com/dggYIh9Md2
— Xunta de Galicia (@Xunta) January 25, 2021
- Regional border closed until at least 31 January.
- Social gatherings must be a maximum of four people.
- Nighttime curfew from 10pm.
- Authorities have called on citizens ‘not to leave their homes unless it is strictly necessary’.
- In bars and restaurants, counter service is banned, while capacity in indoor eating areas is limited to 50%. There are no restrictions on capacity in outdoor areas.
- Capacity at stores and places of worship is limited to 50%.
- Also visit the health department of the La Rioja regional government.
?Nuevas medidas aprobadas en el #ConsejodeGobierno:
➡️Se confina en una única unidad, Logroño, Lardero y Villamediana.
➡️Se mantiene el cierre perimetral.
➡️Se mantiene la limitación de la permanencia de grupos de personas a 4 personas.
— Gobierno de La Rioja (@lariojaorg) January 13, 2021
#LATEST – Update at 18.15h on Fri 22 Jan – Madrid has now brought the curfew time forward to 10pm. All bars and restaurants must close by 9pm. Only 4 people allowed at tables at bars and restaurants. Social gatherings are prohibited in private homes, except between co-habitants or if a careworker. Measures come into effect from Monday 25 January and will remain in place for at least two weeks, until 8 February.
- Madrid authorities have lifted the perimeter lockdown of the region. Travel in and out of the region is no longer restricted.
- However, from 11 January, residents of a further nine municipalities and 23 basic healthcare zones have been confined to their areas for 14 days, with travel across city and zone limits allowed only for essential business.
- Nighttime curfew now from 10pm to 6am.
- Also visit the health department of the Madrid regional government.
? Nuevas medidas frente al COVID-19:
? Restricción de movilidad nocturna de 22:00h a 06:00h.
? Cierre de establecimientos a las 21:00h.
? Prohibidas las reuniones de no convivientes en domicilio, salvo por cuidados.
? 4 personas por mesa en hostelería y restauración. pic.twitter.com/zwebiUPq0g
— Comunidad de Madrid (@ComunidadMadrid) January 22, 2021
- The whole region is under a perimeter lockdown.
- Nighttime curfew is now from 10pm to 6am.
- Social gatherings must be a maximum of six people.
- The region’s three most populated cities – Murcia, Cartagena and Lorca – are also under a perimeter lockdown.
- Travel to and from the following areas is also restricted: Molina de Segura, Moratalla, Mula, Albudeite, Las Torres de Cotillas, Alguazas, Ricote, Lorquí, Cieza, Ceutí, Los Alcázares, Abanilla, Villanueva del Río Segura, Fortuna, Jumilla, San Pedro del Pinatar, Las Torres de Cotillas, La Unión and Santomera. Bars and restaurants in these areas have been ordered to close.
- Also visit the health department of the Murcia regional government.
?Nivel de alerta sanitaria actual por COVID-19 en que se encuentra la #RegióndeMurcia y cada uno de sus municipios.
— Gobierno de la Región de Murcia (@regiondemurcia) January 14, 2021
- Regional border is closed until 14 January.
- Social gatherings are limited to six people from a maximum of two different households.
- Nighttime curfew is from 11pm to 6am.
- Capacity in bars and restaurants is limited to 30% in indoor areas, but no limits on outdoor areas.
- All bars and restaurants must now close at 9pm and no more than four people are allowed at a table. If a distance of 1.5m can be guaranteed, the limit is six.
- Shops must close at 9pm with capacity at 50% for small stores and 40% for large establishments.
- Also visit the health department of the Navarra regional government.
— Noticias / Berriak – Gobierno de Navarra (@noticiasgob_na) January 13, 2021
#LATEST – 24 Jan at 15.30h – Cities and towns in the Valencia region with more than 50,000 inhabitants will be closed during weekends and holidays, the regional president Ximo Puig has announced. Meetings in private homes are also prohibited, except between co-habitants. Please see our separate report: Valencia closes cities and large towns at weekends, prohibits meetings in homes
? Nuevas Medidas #COVID19 a partir del 25 de enero y hasta el 15 de febrero
?️ Solo convivientes en las casas
? 2 personas
? Perimetración de municipios de más de 50.000 habitantes en fin de semana y festivos
? Confinamiento perimetral
— Generalitat (@generalitat) January 24, 2021
#LATEST – 19 Jan at 15.30h – Valencia has announced the closure of all bars and restaurants for 14 days, from this Thursday 21 January. All shops must also close at 6pm, and sports facilities will also close. Other measures (below) remain in place. The night-time curfew remains from 10pm, although the government has also requested to bring it forward to start from 8pm. See our latest separate report: Valencia region closing all bars and restaurants for 14 days
? Mesures #COVID19 a partir del 21 de gener
? Tancament hostaleria
?️ Tancament comerços a les 18 h
⚽ Tancament instal·lacions esportives
? Circulació fins a les 22 h (sol·licitud d’avanç a les 20 h)
? Confinament perimetral
? 6 persones
⚠️?️ Durarà 14 dies naturals pic.twitter.com/W2SVXi06Qx
— Generalitat (@generalitat) January 19, 2021
- An extension until 31 January of the closure of the regional border.
- The nighttime curfew to now start at 10pm.
- Closure of bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues by 5pm, and a maximum of four people per table.
- Smoking is banned on bar and restaurant terraces.
- Shops will be limited to 30% capacity.
- A maximum of six in all private social and family gatherings.
- Any towns with a 14-day critical level of infections to be confined.
- Also visit the health department of the Valencia regional government.
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 June. On 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.
Click here for all previous reports on: Coronavirus in Spain
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