The Spanish government has proposed a limit on family and social gatherings over the Christmas and New Year period to a maximum of six people. It has also proposed adjusting the nighttime curfew to start at 1am on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
The new decree imposed an initial nighttime curfew for the whole of Spain from 11pm-6am, although regional authorities are allowed a margin of one hour to bring forward or back these times. The curfew measures do not apply to the Canary Isands. The measures of the new decree allow the regions to:
- Impose and enforce nighttime mobility restrictions
- Restrict social gatherings
- Restrict the opening hours and capacity of establishments
- Restrict entry and exit from a region, or part of a region
- Impose confinement to provinces or municipalities, if required, across a region
With nighttime mobility restrictions, only those people who are going to work or returning from work, or who travel due to force majeure, such as for a medical emergency or to care for a dependent person, are allowed to be out. Full details of the measures covered by the state of alarm have been published in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE).
Since 14 August, Spain had already imposed strict new measures on nightlife across the whole country – as well as a ban on smoking outside, where social distancing cannot be maintained. The wearing of face masks also remains obligatory. Each region of Spain has imposed the nightlife and socialising restrictions following their own timetables. Some regions have made the recommended restrictions even tighter.
The borders of Andalusia were originally closed from 12am Friday 30 October until 9 November. The provinces of Granada, Sevilla and Jaén, affecting 448 municipalities, were also confined – as well as the healthcare zones of Córdoba Sur, La Vega de Granada, Jerez-Costa Noroeste and Sierra de Cádiz. The entire region was originally under a 11pm-6am curfew. Bars and restaurants had to close at 10.30pm. Social gatherings are still restricted to a maximum of six people unless living together.
The rules for wearing face masks have also been tightened in Andalusia. Those practising sport, such as jogging and cycling, are now also required to wear masks. They must also be worn at bar and restaurant tables if people are only talking and not eating or drinking.
The entire region is under a 11pm-6am curfew. The government of Aragón announced its region’s borders to be closed from midnight on Monday 26 October. The cities of Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza had perviously been confined. Residents in other areas of Aragón are still allowed to move freely throughout the region. Social gatherings are limited to six people. All establishments that serve food and drinks must close by 8pm.
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The entire region is under a 11pm-6am curfew. The regional government of Asturias announced a border closure from Tuesday 27 October night. Residents of Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés had already been confined to their own cities until 7 November. Commercial premises must close by 10pm. All establishments that serve food and drink must close by 11pm. Social gatherings limited to six people.
The entire region is under a midnight-6am curfew. Other restrictions include a maximum of six people for social gatherings, no smoking on the streets and no bar service.