Balcony concerts, apartment block bingo, rooftop aerobics: This is Spain in lockdown

People across Spain have been doing their best to each others' spirits up as the usually social nation gets used to life under lockdown.

Balcony concerts, apartment block bingo, rooftop aerobics: This is Spain in lockdown
With all of Spain's residents confined to their homes for the next two weeks, neighbours are coming up with ever inventive ways to keep themselves entertained and rally the community spirit. 

READ ALSO: Coronavirus: What you can and can't do during Spain's lockdown 

Streets have been eerily quiet across Spanish towns and cities, particularly at night, under the new restrictions which has seen all restaurants and bars closed, and all shops except for pharmacies and those selling food.

But Spain is not a nation that stays quiet easily and each day and night of the lockdown brings more ways to interact, from the safety of their own homes.  

Here's a look at what people across Spain are doing to keep their spirits up:

This apartment complex in Seville found one way to alleviate the boredom of house confinement while boosting community spirit; by playing bingo!

The same apartment block had earlier staged a community aerobics class, held from a rooftop by a resident personal trainer.

While this couple of musicians in Madrid’s Lavapies district staged a concert from their balcony.

The lockdown was also an excuse for amateur DJ’s to play their music at top volume, ostensibly to entertain the neighbourhood – let’s hope there weren’t any health workers trying to catch a snooze before heading back out to a shift at the hospital!

Other musicians chose a gentler vibe, such as this trumpeter with a military tune: 

And this singer in Pamplona entertained the whole street with a song from the popular fiesta San Fermin.

While in Cordoba, there was a definite flamenco vibe: 

For the second night in row, residents across Spain went to their windows and made a noise to show their appreciation for the nation's health workers who are at the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. The action was mobilised on social media using #AplausoSanitario.

WATCH: The whole of Spain bursts into applause in gratitude to coronavirus health workers

Get in touch and let us know how you and your neighbours are beating the boredom of Spain's lockdown during the coronavirus crisis.

Member comments

  1. Just been to the local Supermarket. There are people say chatting outside their houses. There are people selling fruit in the street. There are people chatting on street corners. Roads are full of traffic. No effort at all to take any part in a “lockdown”

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Spain announces end of public transport face mask rule

Spain's Health Minister has announced that in the coming days masks will no longer be mandatory on planes, buses, trains, taxis and other means of public transport.

Spain announces end of public transport face mask rule

Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias on Thursday confirmed that face masks would no longer be compulsory on public transport, a measure which has been in place in Spain for almost three years. 

“I will raise the proposal of eliminating the mandatory use of masks on public transport”, she said, adding that next week she will convene with the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System to “put this measure into effect”.  

Darias did not specify exactly when this would happen, although government agreements are usually approved the following day in the Official State Gazette (BOE), so the official end to the mask rule looks set to be on February 8th.

The minister did clarify however that masks would still be mandatory in health settings such as health centres and hospitals “as health experts advise”. 

Last week, Darias reported the possibility of eliminating the mandatory mask rule in pharmacies, but this is currently being “weighed up” by health experts.  

Manuel Franco, an expert in Public Health and a member of the Spanish Society of Public Health and Sanitary Administration (Sespas) explained that “the World Health Organisation (WHO) is already considering the decision to lift the public health emergency warning for Covid-19” and adds that “if this goes ahead, it would make no sense to maintain the mask rule”.  

The use of masks ceased to be mandatory outdoors almost a year ago, on February 10th, 2022.

Then, two months later on April 20th, the government announced they wouldn’t be required indoors either, except in health centres and on public transport. 

The latest bulletin of Sentinel Surveillance of Acute Respiratory Infection in Primary Care (ARIs) and in Hospitals (SARI), announced a drop in infections and hospitalisations and said that the rates for Covid-19 remain stable.

The decision to end the mask rule in February comes after health experts who advise the Spanish Ministry of Health said that masks should no longer be required on public transport

On Wednesday, January 25th the director of the Health Alerts and Emergencies Coordination Centre of the Ministry of Health (CCAES), Fernando Simón, assured that the end of the mask rule on transport would be announced “shortly” either “next week or the following”.  

Then, on Thursday morning, government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, stated that the decision to remove the mask on public transport would be taken “immediately, when possible”, but pointed out that the government was looking at the situation in China first.