LATEST: The updated Covid-19 rules and restrictions for regions across Spain

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These are the new updated Covid-19 restrictions in place around the country.

Regional authorities have set their own restrictions for each of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities and two city enclaves in North Africa.

So far, the government of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has resisted following the lead of other European nations which have reimposed lockdowns, arguing its highly-localised restrictions are enough.

Under Spain’s decentralised political system, its 17 regions are responsible for handling the pandemic, although the central government could intervene to declare a national lockdown as it did in March.

The Health Ministry has published an interactive map that allows you to check the restrictions currently in place in each of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions.

Here’s a breakdown of all the restrictions in place in each of the regions of Spain.

Catalonia

Health authorities in the northeastern region have announced further loosening of restrictions from Monday, March 8th. This will include allowing bars and restaurants to open with uninterrupted service until 5pm. 

  • No travel outside of comarca unless for a justified reason (work, study, to care for dependents)
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars are currently open for breakfast (between 7.30 and 10.30am) and Lunch (1pm to 4.30pm) but not for dinner
  • Shopping malls were allowed to reopen on March 1st 
  • Curfew between 10pm and 6am
  • Social groups limited to 6 people from two households.

Madrid

Authorities have also decided to keep Madrid’s regional borders open, however, perimital closures of health zones will remain in those that exceed 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. 

  • Madrid has changed the curfew from 10pm to 11pm and is allowing all bars, restaurants to stay open until the same time, accepting their last customers at 10pm. 
  • The number of people allowed to meet around a table on the terraza of a restaurant, cafe or bar is capped at six people, with four people inside.
  • There is still a limit on the number of people allowed inside the restaurant – now capped at 50 percent. 

But authorities are still insisting that households don’t mix with each other in private homes.

Valencia

The Valencian Government have announced a slight loosening of the restrictions from midnight on March 1st.

Additionally, the perimetral lockdown on weekends of cities with populations of over 50,000 on weekends and public holidays from 3pm on Fridays to 6am on Mondays will be abolished, meaning people will be able to travel freely between them. 

Bars, cafés and restaurants with terraces will be allowed to reopen on Tuesday March 2nd. Dining on the terraces only is allowed and capacity will be reduced to 50 percent. The limit of people per table is yet to be announced.

  • The closures of the borders around the Valencian Community remains in place.  
  • Restaurants and bars are closed except for take-away service. This will change to terrace dining only from March 2nd. 
  • Closed non-essential businesses at 6pm. 
  • Closed indoor sports centres and gyms, but allows the use of outdoor sports facilities.
  • Social visits banned in private homes unless it is to visit vulnerable adults or minors.
  • Curfew at 10pm

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From February 1st, it is also compulsory to wear a face mask for walks on city beaches, swimming pools and natural spaces as well as to do sport outdoors in urban areas.

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Aragón

It was announced on March 4th that there would be a loosening of restrictions in Aragón from midnight on March 5th. These include:

  • Maintaining the border confinement of the region until midnight on March 19th. 
  • Non-essential activities will now be allowed to continue until 10pm, including bars and restaurants. 
  • Full capacity allowed on restaurant terraces with a maximum of six per table and 30 percent capacity allowed inside. There is also a ban on smoking on the terraces and eating or drinking at the bar.
  • Loosening curfew restrictions, now from 11pm-6am. 
  • Services, shops and shopping malls are only allowed to open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Up to six people can meet at a time. 

La Rioja

La Rioja announced further relaxation of restrictions from February 22nd. These include:

  • Suspending its perimeter confinement.
  • The nightly curfew has been changed to from 11pm to 5am. 
  • Socialising must be restricted to those within the same household or between a social bubble if someone lives alone.
  • Restaurants are now allowed to open with a limited capacity of 30 percent inside and 75 percent on the outdoor terraces. A maximum of six people will be allowed to sit together.
  • Cultural and sporting activities can now operate at 50 percent capacity.
  • Shops and other commercial activities can operate at 1/3 capacity. 

Extremadura

Authorities in Extremadura have announced a relaxation of restrictions from March 6th. These will include:

  • Increasing the curfew from 11pm – 6am
  • Bars and restaurants to reopen from 6am-11pm and up to six can sit on one table.
  • Shopping centres can open from 10am-6pm Mondays to Fridays and from 10am-2pm on Saturdays with a limited capacity of 40 percent. 
  • Cultural activities can also reopen at a capacity of 50 percent. 

Castilla y León

The Junta of Castilla y León announced a slight relaxation of restrictions from February 26th and then again in the week of March 1st announced that these restrictions would continue for another week. These are:

  • Houses of worship can now operate at a capacity of 1/3 instead of limited to just 25 people.
  • The curfew is from 10pm to 6am.
  • A maximum number of four people allowed to meet in private with the recommendation that groups are limited to the same household.
  • Restaurants and bars are only allowed to serve outside on terrazas or provide take-away service. Smoking is banned on the terrazas.  

Balearic Islands

Last week, the government of the Balearic Islands allowed the reopening of bar and restaurant terrazas until 5pm and at a capacity of 50 percent. 

All the islands remain at a high level 4 and remain confined, meaning only those with a justified cause can come and go.  

  • Gyms are allowed to open to 30 percent capacity
  • A curfew is in place between 10pm and 6am across all the islands.
  • Social meetings are capped at 6 people from a maximum of two households. 

For all the rules visit Balearic Islands’ government information page HERE.

Murcia 

Murcia relaxed some of its restrictions from Wednesday, February 17th.

  • Bars and restaurants can reopen their terrazas only at a capacity of 75 percent. 
  • Authorities have allowed the perimeters of 19 of its municipalities to reopen. 
  • Social gatherings are still limited to two people from different households, this applies to the hospitality sector and also when playing sports. 

Across the region different rules are in place depending on the level of alert

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands operates a traffic light system with each island on an alert level depending on the infection rate and with different rules in place for each level.

The archipelago’s government decided on Sunday, February 21st that with the cancelled carnival period now over, it will once again allow travel between the eight islands. 

As things currently stand, La Palma and La Gomera are at Level 1, El Hierro, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura are at Level 2, and Lanzarote and La Graciosa remain at Level 4.

The Canary Islands’ infection rate continues to be the lowest of all regions in Spain. 

Level 1:

  • No limits on entering or leaving the island.
  • Curfew between midnight and 6am.
  • Social gatherings limited to six people maximum
  • Restaurants/bars close at midnight
  • Sports in groups of up to six, markets only if open air, public transport functioning normally but all cultural events suspended.

Level 2:

  • No limits on entering or leaving the island
  • Curfew between 11pm and 6am.
  • Social gatherings limited to four people maximum
  • Restaurants/bars close at 11.
  • Sports in groups of up to four, public transport functioning with 50 capacity but all markets and cultural events suspended.

Level 3:

  • Entering and leaving the island is restricted to those with justified cause (work, study, legal or administrative appointments, to care for dependents or to return to habitual or familial home).
  • Curfew between 10pm and 6am.
  • Social gatherings limited to four people maximum
  • Restaurants/bars close at 10. Only outside table service with 50 percent capacity
  • Sports centres closed inside and outside only allow groups of up to four, public transport functioning with 50 percent capacity but all markets and cultural events suspended.

Level 4:

  • Entering and leaving the island is restricted to those with justified cause (work, study, legal or administrative appointments, to care for dependents or to return to habitual or familial home).
  • Curfew between 10pm and 6am.
  • Social gatherings limited to two people from different households maximum
  • Restaurants/bars close at 6pm. Only outside table service with 50 percent capacity
  • Sports centres closed inside and outside only allow groups of up to four, public transport functioning with 50 percent capacity but all markets and cultural events suspended.

For a detailed breakdown of all the rules, see the government bulletin HERE.

All those arriving on the islands from outside Spain from destinations classified as high risk must show a negative test  (PCR, TMA or LAMP) before boarding. For those coming from “safe destinations” or mainland Spain an antigen test is valid and must be shown at accommodation. 

Castilla- La Mancha

Almost all of the region has now moved to level two restrictions and on March 2nd more loosening of the rules was announced. 

  • The curfew has been extended from midnight until 7am
  • Bar and restaurants can now stay open until 11pm. Interiors can operate at one-third capacity and terrazas at 50 percent capacity
  • Bar service is not allowed and those who enter must show a GR code to be served. 
  • The number of people allowed to meet is limited to six with the recommendation that groups are limited to a maximum of two households.
  • Shops open at 50 percent of capacity.

 

Andalusia

Municipal confinement imposed on every city with a population of over 100,000 in addition towns that see infection rates rise above 500 cases per 100,000 and the closure of all non-essential businesses in municipalities where the rate tops 1,000 cases per 100,000 people.

New measures will come into force on March 5th, while others will continue. These include: 

  • Travel in and out of the region is not allowed unless with justified cause
  • Movement is not allowed between its eight provinces.
  • Bars, restaurants and shops in zone 2 can now open until 9.30pm
  • For all other areas, restaurants and bars to close at 6pm except for take-away service up until 9.30pm for collection on 10.30pm for delivery
  • Social gatherings are limited to four people in both private and public spaces. 
  • Curfew between 10pm and 6am

Full details and the status of each municipality can be found at the interactive map published by the regional government can be found in link HERE

Asturias

The Asturian authorities continue to ask their population to undergo voluntary home confinement and limit movement as much as possible. 

  • Travel in and out of the region is not allowed except for justified reasons.
  • Restaurant terraces are open but the interiors remain closed. Take-away service can be offered.
  • Shops bigger than 300 metres squared are reduced to 20 percent capacity 
  • Indoor sports have been suspended and gyms are closed
  • Curfew between 10pm and 6am 
  • Groups are limited to four people
 

Cantabria

Cantabria relaxed some of its rules on March 2nd. These include: 

  • Bars and restaurants can reopen with a capacity of one-third and they must be well ventilated and close at 9.30pm
  • Groups of people are limited to six
  • Cultural venues have a capacity of 50 percent 
  • Regional borders closed meaning travel in and out of the territory is not allowed except for justified reasons
  • Sports in closed spaces must be done with a mask on 
  • The curfew remains at 10pm until 6am. 

Galicia

New restrictions will come into force at midnight on March 4th. The autonomous community has split its municipalities up into different levels depending on the number of cases.

Level 1: Extreme risk restrictions are:

  • Closure of all bars and restaurants 
  • Meetings with co-habitants only 
  • Perimitral border closure

Level 2: 

  • Meetings of up to four people allowed, not only with co-habitants 
  • Bars and restaurants can open their terrazas to a 50 percent capacity are can open until 6pm
  • Gyms, sports centres and swimming pools can reopen, but you can only play with four other people while wearing masks

Level 3: 

  • Bars and restaurants can stay open until 6pm. Interior capacity at 30 percent and terraza capacity at 50 percent 
  • Other measures remain the same as level 2 

Click here to find out which municipality is at which level. 

Basque Country

Current restrictions remain in place until at least March 5th. 

  • The ban on travel in and out of the Basque Country remains in place with the requirement that those with justified cause complete the form required by regional authorities HERE
  • Perimeter closures of municipalities remain in place, but you can cross for socio-economic reasons and sporting events. 
  • Social gatherings are limited to four people.
  • The curfew is in place between 10pm and 6am.
  • Bars and restaurants must close between 8pm and 6am with a limited capacity of 50 percent inside, however there is no limit on the capacity of the terrazas. 
  • Shops can stay open until 9pm with a capacity of 40 percent in shops bigger than 150 metres squared and a capacity of 60 percent in those that are equal or smaller. 
  • Suspension of musical performances and rehearsals. 

Navarra

Navarra has extended its restrictions until at least March 11th. The main change of the rules is the reopening of the interior of bars and restaurants at a 30 percent capacity.

  • Interior of bars and restaurants to operate at 30 percent. Terrace dining allowed. 
  • Social gatherings reduced to those from within the same household although those who live alone can form a bubble.
  • Social gatherings are limited to six from a maximum of two households.
  • Smoking on terrazas or walking in the street is banned.
  • The curfew remains in place between 11pm and 6am.


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