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What are the restrictions in place in each of Spain’s regions right now?

One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new total lockdown but the move may not be enough.

What are the restrictions in place in each of Spain's regions right now?
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For updated list of measures read this: LATEST: These are the restrictions in each region of Spain

On Sunday October 25th, the government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause.

Most of the country's 17 regions, including Madrid, Catalonia and Andalusia, have taken advantage of the measure to impose a so-called perimetral or inter-regional lockdown affecting three-quarters of Spain's 47 million citizens.

In some areas, the perimetral closures — banning people from entering and exiting except for essential reasons — have been applied at a municipal level, such as in the Basque Country and in the cities of Seville and Granada. 

Although the government can impose an emergency for up to a fortnight, in this case until November 9th, it needs parliamentary approval to extend it, and lawmakers on October 29th voted in favour of a six-month extension.

Unlike the rest of the regions, Madrid's combative rightwing administration has refused to impose a two-week perimetral lockdown, saying it would only enforce such a move during the two upcoming long weekends.

“It is the final effort to try to avoid a stay-at-home lockdown. If it doesn't properly stop cases rising, they will need to take stricter measures,” said Daniel Lopez Codina, a biophysicist from Catalonia's Polytechnic University.   

Fernando Simon, the health ministry's emergencies coordinator, said it would take at least “seven, eight days” before the new measures show any effect.

Here's a look at the new measures in place region by region: 

Madrid

Madrid regional authorities closed the perimeter border of the region over the All Saints’ puente weekend but lifted in at midnight on Monday night. The region will return to a perimeter confinement at midnight on the night of Thursday November 5th to prevent an exodus over another long weekend when the region celebrates its patron saint Almudeña.

In addition, 35 healthcare zones across the region are under perimeter confinement after Valle de la Oliva in Majadahonda and two areas of Coslada: Barrio del Puerto and Doctor Tamames, were added to the list.

The curfew is in place from midnight to 6am but social meetings in homes between people who do not live together are permitted even during those hours as long as they are limited to six people.

MAP: Which zones in Madrid have new restrictions and what are they?

Andalusia

A perimeter confinement has been put in place around the borders of the entire region from 12am Friday October 30th until November 9th.

The provinces of Sevilla, Granada and Jaén also have perimeter confinements being it isn’t possible to cross in and out of the priovinces, so to have all the municipalities within these provinces meaning people must not enter or exit municipalities unless it is for the purpose of work, school/college, to seek medical treatment or to help a dependent. Exceptions are also made for those needing to tend to agricultural plots or care for animals.

The healthcare districts of Córdoba Sur, La Vega de Granada and Jerez-Costa Noroeste and Sierra de Cádiz are also restricted.

The curfew is set between 11pm to 6am across the whole of Andalusia, restaurants and bars must close by 10.30pm and social groups must not exceed six people.

Scroll over the map to see restrictions in place in each region: 

 

Aragón.

The entire region has had a perimeter confinement in place since Tuesday October 27th which will last until at least November 9th.

The provincial capitals os Huesca, Zaragoza and Teruel also have perimeter limits.

The curfew runs from 11pm to 6am. Groups are limited to a maximum of six people and restaurants can only operate at 50 percent capacity on their terraces and 25 percent inside with only table service, plus they must close by 10pm.

Asturias

The entire region has a perimeter confinement as well as the cities of Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés until at least November 7th.

On Monday November 2nd, the region asked permission from the central government to impose a total lockdown on its residents – that is to confine them at home and only allowing them to leave the house for exceptional reasons. But Spain's Health Ministry denied the request, insisting instead that they see the results of perimeter confinements and curfew before taking further measures.

Regional authorities then took the decision to close restaurants and shops and all “non-essential businesses” from November 7th and brought the curfew forward to between 10pm to 6am.

Balearic Islands

The only perimeter lockdown currently in place on any of the Balearic Islands is the municipality of Manacor on Mallorca which has been confined for 15 days at least from October 29th.

Across the islands curfew runs from midnight to 6am, except Ibiza where it starts at 10pm and there are capacity reductions in restaurants and on terraces while meetings are restricted to ten people maximum except in Mallorca and Ibiza where meetings are capped at six people. 

Ibiza has also banned service inside bars and restaurants.

Catalonia

The regional government has imposed a perimeter confinement beginning October 30th and lasting for 15 days. A curfew is in place from 10pm to 6am and all restaurants and bars throughout the region have been closed except for take away services.

In a measure designed to limit movement over weekends people are not allowed to travel beyond the limits of the town or city they reside in between Friday 12 am and Sunday 12pm.

Valencia

The region imposed a perimeter lockdown from midday Friday October 30th to last seven days but no restrictions on movement between municipalities within the region. 

Then the regional government extended the measure for another week (until November 14th).

The curfew which they said would be in place until at least December 9th starts at midnight and runs to 6am.

Extra restrictions have also been placed on 31 municipalities across the region; four in Castellon province, two in Valencia and the remainder in Alicante.  Those zones with extra restrictions which include limits on occupancy in commercial, hostelry and public spaces, are:

  • Castellon: Morella, Nules, Onda and Vinaròs in the province of Castellón.
  • Valencia: Algemesí and Guadassuar in the province of Valencia.
  • Alicante: Crevillente, Elche, Elda, Ibi, Muro de Alcoi, Petrer, Pinoso, the 18 municipalities that make up the health department of Orihuela: Albatera, Algorfa, Almoradí, Benejuzar, Benferri, Bigastro, Callosa de Segura, Catral, Cox, Daya Nueva, Daya Vieja, Dolores, Granja de Rocamora, Jacarilla, Orihuela and its districts (La Aparecida, Rincón de Bonanza, Desamparados, Arneva, Hurchillo, La Murada, La Matanza, La Campaneta, San Bartolomé, Virgen del Camino, Molins, Correntias, El Escorratel -without the Costa and Torremendo area that belong to the Torrevieja health department-), Rafal, Redovan and San Isidro.

Murcia

Murcia introduced a perimeter confinement of the region as well around all of its 45 municpalities within it to stop people moving between communities on October 28th. 

From Saturday November 7th, bars and restaurants within the entire region will have to close unless they provide takeaway service, a measure that will last at least 14 days.

The regional government has also recommended that local councils close parks and gardens from 7pm onward, and advised working from home where possible.

 

Cantabria

The region has imposed a perimeter confinement around the region and a curfew is in place from midnight to 6am.

On Wednesday November 4th it went a step further decreeing a perimeter confinement of each municipality and the closure of all indoor bars and restaurants. Only those that can serve outside on a terrace or provide takeaway food are allowed to stay open.

Castilla-La Mancha

The region imposed a perimeter confinement from Friday October 30th until November 9th with a curfew inplace from midnight to 6am.

Castilla y León

The region imposed a perimeter confinement from Friday October 30th until November 9th with a curfew in place from 10pm until 6am.

In addition, the cities of León, Burgos, Salamanca and Palencia have perimeter confinements in place.

On November 3rd the regional authorities ordered a shutdown of all bars and restaurants throughout the region except those serving take away food. And closed shopping malls and retail parks.

Extremadura

There are currently no plans for a perimeter confinement of the region but there are municipal confinements are perimeters of 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 in Cáceres province and La Roca de la Sierra, Almendralejo, Usagre and Villanueva del Fresno in in Badajoz province.

Galicia

From Friday November 6th a perimetral confinement will be placed on the entire region from 3pm.

There will also be strict measures including perimeter confinements placed on some 60 municpalities within the region where restaurants and bars will be closed except those offering takeaway services. 

In these zones socialising except with those from within the same household will be banned and all non-essential trips outside the home should be avoided although you will be allowed to exercise individually.

For a list of municpalities with extra controls, explore the map produced by Voz de Galicia.

The measures will be in place for at least a month.

The curfew across the region runs from 11pm to 6am.

La Rioja

The entire region has a perimeter confinement in place until November 7th with the cities of Logroño and Arnedo also closed off and with bars there closed for a month.

The curfew runs from 11pm to 6am but all businesses, including bars and restaurants across the region must be closed by 9pm, apart from pharmacies, supermarkets and those establishments offering home delivery.

Canary Islands

 The Canary Islands is the only region which is exempt from the nationwide curfew and no confinements are in place.

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FACE MASKS

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. 

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