EXPLAINED: The Covid restrictions in your region of Spain in January

A waiter checks Covid pass at a bar in Spain
Covid pass Spain. Photo: ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
As Covid-19 infection rates continue to rise, Spain's regional governments have reintroduced new restrictions. Here are the Covid rules in your part of Spain. 

Spain is now deep into the sixth wave of Covid-19 and the Omicron variant is responsible for around half of new infections.

Spain’s fortnightly infection rate of 2,433 cases per 100,000 people is now the highest in Europe, higher than the United Kingdom’s (2,326), France’s (1,693), Switzerland’s (1,550) and Portugal’s (1,208).

Due to the rapid rise in cases, several regions have now reintroduced restrictions. 

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Like it’s been for much of the pandemic, each region is in charge of its own restrictions, so closures, curfews, capacity limits, closing times, and the Covid health pass requirements will depend on where you are in Spain. 

Andalusia

Bars and restaurants: There are currently no limits on capacity or opening hours.

Nightlife: In the municipalities at “level 0” there are no restrictions on capacity or closing times.

Covid health pass:  The government of Andalusia has asked the Superior Court of Justice if the use of Digital Covid Certificates can be extended until January 31st. It is currently in use until January 15th and is required for hotels, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, cafés, hospitals and care homes.

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Aragón

Bars and restaurants: 100 percent capacity at bars and restaurants, but they must close by midnight. 10 people are allowed per table and consuming at the bar is prohibited. 

Nightlife: 100 percent capacity, but venues must close by 2am. Numbers are limited to 10 per table and drinking at the bar is not allowed. 

Covid health pass: The document reflecting vaccination or testing is mandatory in Aragón’s nightlife venues which can house 50+ people (in smaller establishments only from 9pm), in gaming and betting rooms, for family celebrations of more than 10 people held at hotels or restaurants including weddings, birthdays, baptisms, etc, in hospitals and care homes and for events of more than 500 people in a closed place or 1,000 in an open space. The Aragonese government wants to expand the Covid health pass’s requirement to gyms, restaurants and cinemas.

Asturias

Bars and restaurants: Bars and restaurants must close by 1am. It will also be necessary for hospitality venues to install CO2 meters, ensure good ventilation and apply a distance of one and a half metres between different groups.

Nightlife: The interiors of nightlife venues remain closed from December 28th for one month. When they reopen, drinking at the bar will not be allowed and masks will have to be worn on the dance floors. 

Covid health pass: Covid certificates have been in place in Asturias since December 28th. They are required for bars, restaurants, gyms, events and to visit care homes. 

Balearic Islands

Bars and restaurants:  There are currently no time or capacity restrictions for bars, cafés and restaurants on the Mediterranean islands. 

Nightlife: Nightclubs will have to stick to an indoor capacity limit of 60 percent. 

Covid health pass: Until at least January 24th, a Covid certificate will be required in all nightlife venues, restaurants, bars, cafes and other spaces with a capacity of more than 50 people. In Menorca it is also requested in cinemas and other cultural spaces where drinks and food can be consumed, at gyms, dance academies and tourist establishments with rooms for shared use. In Mallorca, the certificate is mandatory at hostels. The Balearic high court has also endorsed the health document requirement for health workers, or three weekly tests. The Balearic government now wants judicial approval to extend the COVID health pass to all restaurants regardless of their capacity. 

Basque Country

Bars and restaurants: Hospitality establishments must close by 1am and there is an indoor capacity limit set at 60 percent. 10 are allowed to sit per table. 

Nightlife: Like bars and restaurants, nightlife venues can only open until 1am and have a capacity limit of 60 percent. 

Covid health pass: The health document is requested at the Basque Country’s nightlife establishments, restaurants with more than 50 diners, hotels, concert halls, sports centres, gyms, pavilions with more than 100 people, hospitals, care homes and prisons.

Cantabria

Bars and restaurants: For places in level 1 or 2 tables are limited to 10 people and in level 3 capacity is limited to 75 percent and 6 people per table. They must have CO2 meters installed. 

Nightlife: For those in level 1 and 2, nightclubs can only open if they have CO2 meters and request the Covid health pass to enter. The indoor capacity for nightclubs on level 1 is 75 percent and for those on level 2 is 50 percent. A maximum of 10 per table is set for level 1 and 2 nightclubs. For places in level 3 nightclubs must close.

Covid health pass: Cantabria’s high court has endorsed the Covid certificate’s use to gain access to enclosed venues where food and drink is consumed, including bars, restaurants and nightlife venues, large events or cultural spaces, such as cinemas, theatres etc. 

Canary Islands

Bars and restaurants: Authorities in the Atlantic archipelago have a complex system in place where the opening hours and the capacity of hospitality establishments – both indoors and outdoors – is determined by the alert level of each island and whether the owners request the Covid health pass from customers. If they do require it, they can operate with the restrictions a level under which their island finds itself, which means more capacity and longer opening hours. 

Nightlife: The same complex rules apply to nightclubs in the Canaries. As things stand on January 7th, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura are at level 3 and La Palma, Lanzarote, La Gomera and El Hierro are at level 2.

Covid health pass: The Covid certificate is mandatory for places in level 3. This includes bars, restaurants, nightlife venues, cinemas and theatres, as well as large events (over 500 people), gyms, hospitals and care homes. The pass is voluntary in places in level 1 for all types of hospitality establishments as detailed above, but the health document is again being required for national tourists arriving in the islands, the only region currently doing so.

Castilla- La Mancha

Bars and restaurants:  no capacity restrictions or time limits.

Nightlife:  no capacity restrictions or time limits. 

Covid health pass: Castilla-La Mancha’s government has not implemented the requirement of the Covid certificate for daily affairs or any establishment in the region.

Castilla Y León

Bars and restaurants:  no capacity restrictions or time limits.

Nightlife:  no capacity restrictions or time limits. 

Covid health pass: Castilla y Leon’s government is also one of the few regional governments in Spain which has decided it isn’t necessary to require the Covid certificate for daily affairs or any establishments in the region.

Catalonia 

There is a curfew in place from 1am to 6am in municipalities with an infection rate of 250 cases per 100,000 people, which currently encompasses most of Catalonia. This will affect the closing times of all types of hospitality establishments until at least January 20th. 

Bars and restaurants: Interior capacity limits have been reduced to 50 percent. The curfew also means they’ll have to close before 1am in municipalities with high infection rates.

Nightlife: Nightlife venues have been forced to close once again. 

Covid health pass: it’s mandatory for nightclubs, cafés, bars, restaurants, gyms and sports centres, care homes, indoor standing music festivals and celebrations in hotels and restaurants where dancing is done indoors.

Extremadura

Bars and restaurants: There is no official capacity limit but Extremaduran authorities do recommend that 80 percent capacity indoors is observed and a maximum of ten people per table and other gatherings. 

Nightlife: The same rules and recommendations that apply to bars and restaurants apply to nightclubs in the western region.

Covid health pass: The health document isn’t required for daily affairs in Extremadura.

Galicia

Meetings between those who don’t live together are prohibited between 3am and 6am, both in public and in private. 

Bars and restaurants: Hospitality venues can have 100 percent capacity indoors and on terraces, with a maximum of eight people per table indoors and 15 outdoors. Closing times are set at 1am and 1.30am on Friday and Saturday nights. These restrictions will remain in place until January 18th.

Nightlife: The same capacity restrictions in place for the hospitality venues apply to nightclubs. Clubs closing hours are fixed at 3am.

Covid health pass: It’s required to access restaurants, nightlife venues, bars, cafés after 9pm, hostels, hospitals, gyms, closed sports facilities, indoor swimming pools, care homes and mass events, including those with a capacity of more than 200 people indoors and that sell food or beverages.

Madrid

Bars and restaurants: No time or capacity limits, being served at the bar is allowed but only sitting. Smoking isn’t allowed on terraces unless you can keep a distance from others.

Nightlife:  Madrid’s nightclubs will have normal opening hours and capacity. Dancing is allowed indoors – without consuming alcohol – and outdoors with a mask. Concerts and shows where the crowd is standing are allowed but eating and drinking may only be allowed in authorised areas.

Covid health pass: The health document isn’t required in the Spanish capital.

Murcia

The Murcian government has agreed that over Christmas non-essential establishments will have to close from 1am to 6am until at least January 14th.

Bars and restaurants: Apart from their new Christmas closing times, Murcia’s bar and restaurant terraces can have 100 percent capacity on all risk levels but for indoor spaces, when Covid health passes aren’t requested by the establishments, the capacity limit is set at 75 percent for municipalities on levels 1 and 2; 50 percent for those on level 3 and 30 percent for towns and cities in level 4.

Nightlife: The indoor capacity limit is set at 75 percent indoors for places in levels 1 and 2. 50 percent for municipalities at level 3 and 30 percent for those at level 4.

Covid health pass: Certificates are mandatory for nightlife venues but optional for bars and restaurants, so that they can open up to 75 percent capacity. 

Navarre

Bars and restaurants: Establishments must close by 1am and no more than 10 are allowed per table. Smoking on terraces is not allowed unless a distance of 2 metres can be kept.

Nightlife: Venues must also close by 1am. 

Covid health pass: Covid certificates are mandatory to access restaurants with more than 60 diners and nightlife establishments. They are also required in hotels, gyms and care homes. 

La Rioja 

Bars and restaurants: Establishments must close by 1am and no more than 10 per table are allowed. 

Nightlife: Nightlife venues must also abide by the 1am closing time. 

Covid health pass: Until January 22nd, you need a Covid certificate to access nightlife establishments; restaurants with more than 50 diners; hospitals, care homes and outdoor events with more than 1,000 people when food or drink is consumed.

Valencia region 

Bars and restaurants: There are no capacity or time limitations for hospitality venues in the region, apart from a maximum of ten people per table.

Nightlife: The same applies to nightclubs in the eastern region, which will have a limit of ten people per table.

Covid health pass: It’s mandatory for now to access leisure and hospitality venues including bars and restaurants, nightclubs, music festivals and events with more than 500 attendees, for hospital and care home visits, cinemas, gyms, etc. 


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