Several regions in Spain have announced tougher restrictions in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with the number of cases steadily rising since the Christmas holidays. Other regions are set to announce new measures in the coming days. Here is an overview of what restrictions apply in each of Spain’s 17 regions and the North African exclave cities of Ceuta and Melilla.
Regional authorities on Friday tightened existing restrictions. Travel between the eight provinces of Andalusia will be allowed, but entry in and out of the region is no longer permitted. The overnight curfew starting time is being brought forward to 10pm from 11pm, and social gatherings are limited to six people. Shops must close by 8pm, and bars and restaurants by 6pm. This rule does not apply to cafés which can remain open until 8pm, as long as they don’t serve alcohol.
Regional authorities have also ordered the perimetral lockdown of eight municipalities in the Campo de Gibraltar area. The decision comes after the Gibraltar government announced that the British Overseas Territory, which borders Campo de Gibraltar, will be placed under a home lockdown for 14 days due to the rising number of cases there. The 14-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Gibraltar currently exceeds 2,000.
Since January 5, Aragón has been in Phase 3 of its coronavirus alert system. This means that all non-essential businesses must close at 10pm and that the region as well as its provinces remain under a perimetral lockdown. The current curfew is from 11pm to 6am, and social gatherings are limited to six people. These measures will be in place until January 31.
Under the new restrictions, capacity in hostelry establishments is reduced to 30% for indoor spaces and 50% for outdoor spaces, with a maximum of four to six people per table, respectively. Smoking outside and bar counter service are prohibited. With respect to cultural establishments, capacity is limited to 50% with assigned seating, and events must start before 8pm.
Patron saint festivities will be banned until May 31, when the current state of alarm comes to an end.
Asturias has once again sealed its border and no exceptions will be made for visits to see family. The curfew is from 11pm to 6am and social gatherings are limited to six people.
However, in hostelry establishments, only four people are allowed to be seated at the same table, both in indoor and outdoor spaces. Service at bar counters is also prohibited. In shopping centers and stores, capacity is limited to 30%. Cultural events are allowed as long as social distancing is respected, face masks worn and attendance does not exceed 300 people. For recreational sports, no more than 15 people are allowed to gather in outdoor areas, respecting a two-meter safe distance, while in indoor spaces, the limit is six. Gyms remain open.
Since December 20, all visitors to the Balearic Islands who come from a region with an incidence rate above 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants – nearly all in Spain – must present a negative PCR test if they are tourists or take an antigen test in the region’s port or airport if they are traveling for justified reasons, such as to go to work. The archipelago is not under a perimetral lockdown.
On Monday, regional authorities announced new restrictions for the islands of Mallorca and Ibiza. From Wednesday until January 28, social gatherings will be limited to members of the same household, with exceptions for individuals who live alone and couples who live in separate residences. Given the new rules, there are no longer restrictions on the number of people allowed at a social gathering.
Regional authorities use a four-level alert system to categorize the degree of risk in each island. This system, which takes into account the incidence rate, outbreaks and pressure on hospitals, outlines what restrictions are needed based on the level of risk.
In Mallorca and Ibiza, which are on level 4, the curfew is from 10pm and 6am. From January 13, restaurants will only be allowed to open for takeaway and home delivery. Up until that date, they can also serve patrons in outdoor dining areas. Non-essential businesses must close at 8pm, while essential businesses can open until 10pm. Shopping centers and large stores must also close from Wednesday. These measures will be in place until January 30. The premier of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, has recommended that residents on Mallorca stay at home after 8pm and go to shopping centers by themselves, not in groups.
In Menorca and Formentera, which is on level 3, there is a curfew from 12pm to 6am and social gatherings are limited to six people. The hostelry sector can open indoor eating areas, with a maximum of six people allowed at a table. Shops can also open but at 50% capacity. Ibiza is also on level 3, but faces stricter measures: cafes, bars and restaurants cannot serve in indoor areas and the curfew begins at 10pm.
The Basque Country remains under a perimetral lockdown, with only travel within the same province allowed, except in cases of force majeure. There is a curfew between 10pm and 6am, and all stores, except for gas stations and pharmacies must close at 9pm. The sale of alcohol from any type of establishment will be prohibited from 9pm and 8am.
Capacity in hostelry establishments is limited to 50% in indoor spaces, bar counter service is prohibited and only four people are allowed at a table.
Until January 10, all visitors to the Canary Islands from Spain, with the exception of children under the age of six, must present a negative coronavirus test taken 72 hours before their arrival. Results are accepted from PCRs, antigen tests and tests known as TMA. Social gatherings are limited to six people.
On Thursday, the premier of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, announced that the islands of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote will move to level 2 on the region’s coronavirus alert system. This means that there will be a curfew from 11om to 6am and a four-person limit on social gatherings. La Gomera is already under these restrictions.
On the island of Tenerife, which is on level 3, the curfew begins at 10pm, social gatherings are limited to four people and the hostelry sector cannot serve in indoor areas, only in outdoor spaces and at 50% capacity.
In El Hierro, La Palma and Fuerteventura, which remain on level 1, the curfew is from 12pm to 6am and social gatherings are limited to six people.
Cantabria will be under a perimetral lockdown until January 16, but the regional government has warned that it is likely to be extended. The curfew is from 10pm to 6am and there is a six-person limit on social gatherings.
Restaurants and bars cannot serve in indoor areas, only in outdoor spaces, where capacity is limited to 50%. Capacity of most cultural, sporting and entertainment activities is reduced to 30%.
Castilla-La Mancha has once again sealed its borders, with people only allowed to travel in and out of the region for essential reasons, such as work and medical visits. The curfew is from midnight to 6am and social gatherings are limited to six people.
The restrictions in the hostelry sector depend on the risk level of the municipality they are in. The region is currently on level 2, but 46 municipalities are on level 3, including Albacete and Ciudad Real. In these cities, bars, restaurants and cafés must close by 11pm and capacity in outdoor dining areas is reduced to 50%, with only six people allowed at the same table.
Across the region, cinemas, theaters and auditoriums remain closed and hostelry establishments are not allowed to serve in indoor areas.
Castilla y León
The premier of Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, has announced that the region will remain under a perimetral lockdown until May. The region is under a curfew between 10pm and 6am and social gatherings are limited to six people.
Stricter restrictions apply to the provinces on the highest level of the region’s alert system – Burgos, León, Palencia, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid and Zamora. In these provinces, service at bar counters is prohibited and capacity in restaurants cut to 33% for indoor areas and 75% in outdoor spaces. Capacity at museums, cinemas, theaters, shopping centers, stores and sporting facilities is limited to 30%.
Social gatherings in Catalonia are limited to six people from a maximum of two different households and there is a nighttime curfew between 10pm and 6am. These restrictions will be in place until January 11. The region will also keep its border sealed with the exception of essential travel.
These measures are conditioned by the Catalan government’s announcement of new restrictions: starting Wednesday, all the region’s municipalities will be under a perimetral lockdown until January 18.
Bars and restaurants are able to open in two time slots: between 7.30am and 9.30am and between 1pm and 3.30pm. Takeaway food service is allowed until 10pm and home delivery until 11pm. Capacity in indoor areas is limited to 30% and face masks must be worn at all times, except when patrons are eating or drinking.
Shopping malls and stores larger than 400 square meters will remain closed. Smaller stores will be able to open on weekdays but only essential businesses will be allowed to open on the weekend. Gyms will also be closed.
In response to the spike in cases, Extremadura approved new restrictions that went into effect on January 1 and will last until January 14. Under the new rules, the curfew was brought forward from 12.30am to 10pm. Social gatherings are limited to six people and the regional borders will remain open.
From Thursday, the bars and restaurants, non-essential businesses and entertainment venues will be closed in the provincial capitals, Badajoz and Cáceres, as well as in the municipalities of Coria, Almendralejo, Don Benito, Azuaga, Castuera, Fuente del Maestre, Navalmoral de la Mata, Villanueva de la Serena, Calamonte, Aceuchal, Montijo, Puebla de la Calzada, Olivenza and Villafranca de los Barros.
Several municipalities have also been placed under a perimetral lockdown, including Zarza la Mayor, Cabezuela del Valle, Torreorgaz and Pueblonuevo del Guadiana. This restriction is set to be in place for six days but may be extended.
In stores, capacity is limited to 30% and in restaurants and bars, the number of people allowed at the same table has been reduced from six to four, in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Galicia will continue to seal its border for the entire month of January, according to an announcement made by regional authorities on Friday. The cities of Santiago, Ames and Teo are moving into an extreme risk category, and only outdoor eating areas will be allowed to remain open.
Several municipalities are also under a perimetral lockdown. Capacity in stores is limited to 50%. In the hostelry sector, capacity of outdoor dining areas is limited between 50% and 75%, depending on the risk level of the municipality, and to 50% in indoor areas. Bar counter service is prohibited in all cases.
In the municipalities at highest risk, there is a four-person limit on social gatherings between members of different households, and hostelry establishments must close at 6pm. In municipalities with the least strict restrictions, up to six people from different households are allowed to get together.
Capacity is limited to 30% in theaters, cinemas and auditoriums, and to 50% in places of worship. A total of 60 municipalities are under a perimetral lockdown including Santiago and Ferrol, where residents are confined to the city, and A Coruña which has been confined with its neighboring municipalities, meaning travel between these cities is allowed.
Regional health chief Julio García Comesaña said the region is considering the possibility of restricting movement based on age groups.
Visitors from other Spanish regions can enter Galicia freely if they are traveling to a municipality that is not under a perimetral lockdown. If the visitor is coming from a region where the 14-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants is more than 250, they must register their visit on the regional government’s health website.
La Rioja will keep its borders sealed until January 31, meaning entry to and from the region is not allowed unless for a justified reason. The regional government has also banned social gatherings of more than four people and brought forward the curfew to 10pm. Authorities have called on citizens “not to leave their homes unless it is strictly necessary.”
In the hostelry sector, bar counter service is banned, while capacity in indoor eating areas is limited to 50%. There are no restrictions on capacity in outdoor areas, but the use of face masks is mandatory at all times, except when eating and drinking. Capacity at stores and places of worship is limited to 50%.
On Friday, Madrid authorities announced that starting on January 11, residents of a further nine municipalities and 23 basic healthcare zones (administrative divisions with one or more primary health centers) will be confined to their areas for 14 days, with travel across city and zone limits allowed only for essential business. This list builds on another set of areas that were already under confinement. Click here for a list of affected healthcare zones in the capital and here for those in other municipalities. Click here for a list of confined towns and cities.
On the other hand, the Madrid government has lifted the perimetral lockdown of the region, meaning that travel in and out of the region is no longer restricted. A curfew between 12pm and 6am remains in place and hostelry establishments must also close in this time frame. Social gatherings are limited to six people, unless they are members of the same household.
The Murcia government announced on Thursday that it will keep the region under a perimetral lockdown. The nighttime curfew, previously between 11pm and 6am, will now start at 10pm, and there continues to be a six-person limit on social gatherings.
Authorities also placed the region’s three most populated cities – Murcia, Cartagena and Lorca – under a perimetral lockdown. Travel to and from the following areas is also restricted: Molina de Segura, Moratalla, Mula, Albudeite, Las Torres de Cotillas, Alguazas, Ricote, Lorquí, Cieza, Ceutí, Los Alcázares, Abanilla, Villanueva del Río Segura, Fortuna, Jumilla, San Pedro del Pinatar, Las Torres de Cotillas, La Unión and Santomera. In these cities, all bars and restaurants have been ordered to close.
In the rest of the region, capacity in the hostelry sector is limited to 30% in indoor spaces, with no limits on outdoor dining areas. A maximum of six people are allowed to be seated at a table and bar counter service is prohibited.
Navarre will keep its borders sealed until January 14. Social gatherings are limited to six people from a maximum of two different households, and there is a curfew from 11pm to 6am. Regional authorities have said they are not considering “any relaxation” of the current measures, although they will continue to monitor the situation.
Capacity in bars and restaurants is limited to 30% in indoor areas, but there are no limits on outdoor areas. All hostelry establishments must close at 10pm and no more than four people are allowed at a table, unless a distance of 1.5 meters can be guaranteed, in which case the limit is six.
Shops must close at 9pm with capacity at 50% for small stores and 40% for large establishments.
The Valencia region will extend its perimetral lockdown until January 31. Entry to and from the region will be allowed for essential travel such as to go to work and other reasons of force majeure outlined in the state of alarm. From Thursday, the region’s curfew starting time will be pushed forward to 10pm.
Social gatherings are limited to six people and hostelry establishments must close at 5pm. Under the new measures, smoking in outdoor dining areas is banned and only four people are allowed at the same time in restaurants. Capacity in stores will also be cut from 50% to 30%.
In other service establishments, such as supermarkets, pharmacies and hairdressers, capacity is limited to 50%. Starting Thursday, 29 municipalities with a high coronavirus incidence rate will be under a perimetral lockdown for two weeks. See the full list here.
The exclave city of Ceuta will remain under a perimetral lockdown. Social gatherings are limited to four people and there is a curfew between 11pm and 6am.
Capacity in indoor eating areas is limited to 30% and to 50% in shops. Authorities have indicated tougher restrictions may be announced next week.
The Melilla government on Wednesday approved a decree with new restrictions that came into effect on Thursday. Under these rules, the exclave city will remain under a perimetral lockdown and the nighttime curfew will begin at 10pm. Social gatherings are limited to four people, down from six, unless they are members of the same household.
All commercial activity, including the hostelry sector, has been ordered to close at 7pm. This rule does not apply to stores that sell food, gyms, gas stations, pharmacies and education centers, which are allowed to open until 9.30pm. Restaurants can provide home delivery until 10pm. The measures will remain in place until January 20.
With reporting from Javier Martín-Arroyo, Josep Catà, Diego Estebanez García, Caridad Bermeo, Héctor Llanos Martínez, Cristina Vázquez, Virginia Vadillo, Mikel Ormazabal, Juan Navarro, Miguel Ángel Medina and Emilio Sánchez Hidalgo.
English version by Melissa Kitson.