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Calendar: When will the Covid restrictions end across Spain?

More than 70 percent of Spain’s population has now been vaccinated against Covid-19, which was the target for the Spanish government, but there are still have several restrictions in place. When will the restrictions end?

Calendar: When will the Covid restrictions end across Spain?
When will restrictions end in Spain? Photo: JAIME REINA / AFP

The question on everyone’s mind is when will the restrictions in Spain finally end?

Spain might not have a fixed date when all the restrictions will end like Denmark did on September 10th, but regional Covid measures are gradually being relaxed all over the country. 

Infections are considerably down compared to what they were in August and Spain currently has a Covid incidence rate of 39 infections per 100,00 people in the last seven days. This has prompted several regions to announced an end to almost all their restrictions. 

Regions that have announced an end to almost all restrictions

Castilla y León 

Castilla y León lifted all restrictions on opening hours and capacity limits on September 21st. The only restrictions left are the use of masks and capacity limits in gyms. 

Castilla-La Mancha

As of Thursday (September 23rd) Castilla-La Mancha eliminated all restrictions on capacity and opening hours, meaning that life there is almost back to normal.

The only few restrictions that remain are mostly to do with keeping personal space and the obligation to wear masks indoors or when a distance of 1.5 metres can’t be maintained outdoors.

Even nightclubs and dancefloors are open – the only requirement is that you wear a mask when dancing.

The Minister of Health, Jesús Fernández Sanz, defended the decision saying that thanks to the responsibility shown by the citizens of Castilla-La Mancha, epidemiological data has improved a lot in a month.

Extremadura

From September 27th, almost all restrictions will be lifted regarding opening times, capacity limits and social gatherings, and it will enter the “new normal”.

The only rules that the government asks people to keep in mind are the use of masks, washing hands regularly, keeping spaces ventilated, social distancing, limiting contacts, and staying at home more often.

Madrid

While Madrid still has capacity limits in bars, restaurants and other venues, on September 20th they lifted all restrictions on opening times.

Regions that have relaxed rules for nightlife venues

While not all regions have announced the lifting of almost all their measures like those above, many have relaxed their restrictions for nightlife venues, signaling that a return to normality is on its way. 

Catalonia

On Thursday, September 23rd Catalonia allowed the outdoor parts of its nightclubs and other nightlife venues to reopen. 

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Murcia 

The government of Murcia has announced that from midnight on September 26th, nightlife venues can open until 3am.

Basque Country 

Since September 18th, the Basque Country has also allowed its nightlife venues to open until 3.30am to a 50 percent capacity. 

Nightclubs are also open across places in Valencia, in Andalusia, the Canary Islands, as well as many other regions. 

For a full list of restrictions in each region click HERE

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FACE MASKS

Spain calls for return of face masks indoors as Covid cases rise

Spain’s Health Ministry has recommended Spaniards put their masks back on in indoor public settings, calling for "caution" as the seventh coronavirus wave sees cases and hospitalisations rise across the country.

Spain calls for return of face masks indoors as Covid cases rise

Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias on Friday recommended people wear face masks again in indoor public settings as Covid cases and hospitalisations in late June and early July returned to levels not seen since February 2022.

Darias called for “caution” and “responsible mask usage” at a time of increased travel in Spain and with many doctors and nurses booking off time for their summer holidays.

Similar sentiments about the return of face masks indoors have already been shared by the health authorities in some of Spain’s other regions, including Catalonia and Madrid. 

Catalan Health Minister Josep Maria Argimon recommended that those recovering from Covid should continue to wear a mask due to the increase in Covid patients admitted to the ICU in the region, which has increased from 26 to 46 in the space of three weeks.  

Madrid Vice President Enrique Ossorio also suggested that masks should be reintroduced in certain situations, due to the rise of cases seen in the region. Masks should be worn by “vulnerable people, those who are immunosuppressed and those who are pregnant,” he argued.

Ossorio also recommended that the use of face masks be extended to enclosed public spaces and large events.

After two years of compulsory usage in indoor public settings, Spanish authorities lifted the indoor face mask rule on April 20th, having already removed the requirement for outdoors on February 10th

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Spain’s Health Minister also urged that those aged 80 and over should receive a fourth Covid vaccine dose, but has not specified when this will happen, even though this was already been approved in early June.   

READ ALSO: Spain to offer fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose to ‘entire population’

“The Health Ministry is going to continue working hand in hand with the advice of experts who’ve introduced an exemplary vaccination strategy,” Darias explained.

On Friday July 1st, 10,249 people were in hospital with Covid-19 in Spain, a figure not seen since February 17th 2022. As for ICU admissions, there were 449 Covid patients in total.

Madrid currently has a fortnightly infection rate of 1,500 cases per 100,00 inhabitants for people aged 60 and over, as Spain stopped counting each and every Covid-19 cases last March and focused only on serious infections and those affecting the elderly. 

That’s why experts are referring to this seventh coronavirus wave as the “silent” one, with no way of truly knowing how many people are getting infected or reinfected in Spain. 

Darias said that the Covid situation is being monitored carefully and that rise in cases is mainly down to the new omicron sub-variants BA4 and BA5, which are more transmissible but are milder than previous variants.

The Minister added that the Spanish government has provided its regions with medicines that are “very important” in the treatment of Covid, such as the antiviral Paxlovid, of which 344,000 sets of pills have been purchased, which help prevent an infected person from developing a serious illness, as well as Evusheld to protect people who do not generate their own antibodies. 

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