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What are the new Covid-19 restrictions in each part of Spain?

A raft of new measures and restrictions have been put in place across Spain. Here's what you need to know about the latest restrictions in each region.

What are the new Covid-19 restrictions in each part of Spain?
Image: ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

For updated list of measures read this: LATEST: These are the restrictions in each region of Spain

The first 15 days of the Spanish government's state of alarm is over and from midnight tonight, if they haven't already, it will be up to each autonomous region to enforce their own rules and curfews to help combat the spread of Covid-19. Here are the latest measures that each region has put in place. 

Andalusia – On Sunday November 11, new restrictions were announced across the region, which will come into effect at midnight on November 10, and stay in place until November 23. These new measures include the closure of all non-essential activities, including non-essential shops, as well as bars and restaurants after 6pm. Curfew hours have increased from 10pm-7am and the borders of each municipality will close. Andalusia as a whole has also closed its borders to travellers from the rest of Spain. 

Granada – The province of Granada has the same restrictions as the rest of Andalusia, but it has also announced that all non-essential shops, bars and restaurants are to close completely from November 10.

Murcia – The region of Murcia closed all its bars and restaurants from November 7. This new rule is expected to stay in place for a total of 14 days. Kids play parks are also forced to close by 7pm. President of the region, Fernando López Miras has announced that an additional 17.3 million euros will be allocated to help combat these new restrictions. 

Castilla y León – Bars and restaurants in the region have been ordered to close from November 6 and the region has also closed its borders. 

La Rioja – From November 6, bars and restaurants in the towns of Arnedo and Logroño only were ordered to close. Hospitality establishments in the rest of the region must close by 9pm and there is a curfew in place from 10pm. 

A bar closed in San Sebastian. Image: ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

Galicia – As of Saturday November 7, bars and restaurants in 60 municipalities were ordered to close and will stay closed for one month. The capacity of shops has been reduced to 50 percent and a region-wide curfew has been put in place from 11pm to 6am. 60 percent of the population also has restrictions on their movement and can only socialise with people whom they live with. 

Basque Country – As of Saturday November 7, all bars and restaurants across the Basque Country were forced to close. Commercial establishments must close by 9pm and there is a region-wide curfew between 10pm and 6am. 

Cantabria – New restrictions in place declare that only the terraces of bars and restaurants are permitted to be used. A curfew has also been put in place from midnight until 6am and each municipality has closed its borders. The border closures are expected to end at midnight on November 18. 

Aragón – From November 5, it was announced that the capacity of bars and restaurants had to be reduced to 25 percent and that all hospitality establishments must close by 8pm. There is also a curfew from 11pm to 6am, which will be in place until November 30. 

The closure of bars and restaurants is still in place in Catalonia, Navarra, Asturias and Melilla, who all implemented this measure earlier on, with Catalonia being the first on October 16. There are also restrictions of movement still in place across certain areas of Madrid. 

 

 

 

 

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When and where will face masks still be mandatory in Spain?

Masks will soon no longer be mandatory on public transport in Spain, but when and where will they still be obligatory?

When and where will face masks still be mandatory in Spain?

Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias confirmed on January 26th that face masks would no longer be compulsory on public transport, a measure that has been in place in Spain for almost three years.  

She added that it would be approved at the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System on Tuesday, February 7th.  

Then on Thursday, February 2nd Darias elaborated further, confirming that as well as on public transport masks will not be required in health establishments such as opticians, hearing and orthopaedic centres, where they had been up until now.  

She said that they will, however, still be mandatory in all other health centres, pharmacies and hospitals, as well as in care homes.

The Spanish government will approve the measure on Tuesday February 7th and it will enter into force when it is published in the Official State Bulletin (BOE), which usually occurs the following day.

READ ALSO: Spain announces end of public transport face mask rule

This means that most likely from February 8th masks will no longer be required on public transport, but you will still have to wear them in pharmacies and hospitals and doctors’ offices. 

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. 

Covid-19 controls at airports in Spain

Darias also announced the results of the controls carried out by the Foreign Health Department on travellers coming on direct flights from China.

Controls have been carried out on a total of 1,765 travellers and three people have tested positive for Covid-19, she confirmed.

The three positives were confirmed by PCR and the virus was sequenced, showing that it was the same strain that is currently already dominant in Spain. 

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