Spain’s fifth Covid wave: What are the new restrictions in each region this summer?

Spain's fifth Covid wave: What are the new restrictions in each region this summer?
What are the current restrictions in each region of Spain? Photo: JAIME REINA / AFP
Spain's fifth Covid-19 wave is finally beginning to slow down, however, there are still several rules in place across the country. Here are all the restrictions currently in place in each Spanish region.

While many of the strict restrictions such as curfews, closures of restaurants and the use of face masks outdoors, have now been lifted, the recent rise in infections and fears of the new Delta strain of the virus means there are several restrictions still in place, as well as new ones being added. 

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Andalusia

The government of Andalusia has introduced a new curfew from 2am-7am in municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants with a rate of more than 1,000 cases.

  • The interiors of bars and restaurants are limited to a 75 percent capacity for places in level 1. For places in levels 2 and 3, it is reduced to 50 percent capacity. Four people are allowed per table at all levels. 
  • There is 100 percent capacity allowed on the terraces.
  • Nightclubs and other nightlife venues will need to register their clients. For places in level 1, the interior capacity is 75 percent. For places in level 2, it’s 50 percent. Four people are allowed per table inside and outdoors 10 are allowed per table in level 1 places and eight per table for level 2 places. 
  • Cultural venues can open to 85 percent capacity for places in level 1, 75 percent capacity for places in level 2 and 60 percent capacity for places in level 3. 

Aragón

The Supreme Court has agreed that a curfew can be introduced in the provinces of Huesca, Jaca, Monzón and Barbastro from 1am to 6am. 

  • Bars and restaurants have to close by half-past midnight and the capacity inside has been reduced to 50 percent. Six are allowed per table inside and 10 outside. 
  • Nightlife venues will be forced to close by half-past midnight and will also only be allowed to open to 50 percent capacity. There will be no dancing on the dance floors and no smoking on the terraces. 
  • Eating at the bar will not be allowed.
  • There is still a 75 percent capacity limit at cultural venues, gyms, swimming pools and shops.
  • 10 people can meet both indoors and outdoors.

Asturias

  • Bars and restaurants have to close by 1am.
  • Eating at the bar is not allowed. Six people are allowed per table indoors and 10 outdoors.
  • In those areas of extreme risk – level 4+, socialising can take place between six people indoors and 10 people outdoors. 
  • The interiors of nightlife venues are closed. 
  • The sale of alcohol is prohibited at shops, petrol stations and motorway services from 10pm to 6am. 
  • Shops are limited to a 75 percent capacity for those larger than 300 metres squared and 50 percent capacity for those smaller than 300 metres squared.
  • Cultural venues can open to 75 percent capacity.

Balearic Islands

As of August 14th, people will have to present proof of vaccination in order to access sporting and cultural events. 

Current restrictions include:

  • Social gatherings are prohibited between 1am and 6am, unless people live together. This is for all islands, except for Formentera.
  • Restaurants and bars on Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza must close by 1am. The number of people allowed per table outdoors has been reduced to eight outdoors and four indoors.
  • There is a capacity limit of 50 percent in the interiors of bars and restaurants.
  • In Formentera bars and restaurants can open until 2am and up to six can sit per table inside.
  • Beaches are closed between 10pm and 6am.
  • Those arriving in the Balearic Islands from regions with more than 60 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, will have to undergo a health check upon arrival. 
  • Shops must close by midnight and have no capacity limits.
  • Cocktail bars can open until 2am, if everyone is seated and nightclubs remain closed. 
  • The sale of alcohol is not allowed in shops, petrol stations etc after 10pm. 

Basque Country

  • Socialising between non-co habitants between midnight and 6am is prohibited. 
  • Bars and restaurants can open until 2am with a maximum capacity limit of 35 percent indoors. They must close by 1am. 
  • Consuming at the bar is not allowed and six can sit per table. 
  • Nightlife venues can open until 1am, but no dancing will be allowed. 
  • Cultural events must finish by midnight and cultural venues cannot operate at more than 35 percent capacity.

Canary Islands

El Hierro is at level 1, Lanzarote and La Gomera are at level 2, La Palma and Fuerteventura are at level 3, and Tenerife and Gran Canaria are at level 4. 

After the resolution of the Superior Court of Justice, no proof of vaccination will be required to access bars and restaurants on islands at level 4. 

In Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura y La Palma beaches and parks must close from 8pm to 6am and the sale of alcohol will not be allowed in shops after 10pm. 

Level 1: Restaurants and bars must close by 2am. There is 100 percent capacity on the terraces and 75 percent capacity inside. 10 people per table allowed outdoors, six per table inside, and four at the bar. Up to 10 people can meet at a time. Nightlife venues can open to a capacity of 50 percent until 2am, providing everyone has been registered and there is no dancing on the dance floors. 10 can sit per table outside and four inside.

Level 2: Bars and restaurants can open until midnight. There is a 75 percent capacity limit outside and a 50 percent capacity limit inside. Six per table are allowed on the terrace and four per table inside. Up to six people can meet at a time. 

Level 3: Bars and restaurants can open until midnight. The interiors can open to 50 percent capacity, providing that 10 percent of the customers have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Four are allowed per table if they’ve not been inoculated and six per table if they have. There is a 75 percent capacity limit on the terraces. Up to four people can meet at a time.

Level 4: Bars and restaurants can stay open until midnight. The capacity limits are the same as those places in level 3. 

Cantabria

Santander and 18 other municipalities in Cantabria, including Castro Urdiales are now at level 3 (high). This means they will have to close the interiors of bars and restaurants. 

The Superior Court of Justice of Cantabria has ruled that the new Covid traffic light system in the region will not go ahead. The Regional Ministry of Health plans to announce a new one soon.

A curfew has been reintroduced from 1am – 6am in 53 of its 102 municipalities. More than 90 percent of the population lives within these municipalities. 

  • Level 1: 50 percent capacity inside bars and restaurants and six per table. 10 per table on the terraces. Nightlife venues must close by 3am and can operate at a 50 percent capacity, providing everyone has been registered. Shopping malls can open to 75 percent capacity. 
  • Level 2: The interiors of bars and restaurants can open to 33 percent capacity and the terraces can open to 75 percent. Six can dine table. Nightlife venues remain closed. Shopping malls can open to 50 percent capacity.
  • Level 3: The interiors of bars and restaurants can open to a third capacity and the terraces can open to 75 percent. Night clubs remain closed and shopping malls can open to 33 percent capacity. 

Nightlife venues are set to close again in several regions, including Catalonia. Photo: Pau BARRENA / AFP

Castilla-La Mancha

  • Bars and restaurants can stay open until 2am. They can open to 75 percent capacity inside and 100 percent capacity on the terrace. Eating or drinking at the bar is not allowed and up to 10 can sit at each table.
  • Nightlife venues can open until 3am to a capacity of 75 percent inside and 100 percent outside. Dancing is not allowed inside and there is no bar service.
  • Shops have no restrictions and markets can open to 75 percent capacity.

Castilla y León

  • Bars and restaurants can open to 75 percent capacity inside and 100 percent capacity on the terraces. Consuming at the bar is not allowed and up to 10 are allowed per table. They must close by 1.30am with no new guests after 1am. 
  • The interiors of nightclubs are closed, but outside areas can stay open until 2am at 75 percent capacity. 
  • Cocktail bars, pubs and karaoke bars however can open to 50 or 75 percent capacity indoors, depending on their size, and must close by 1.30am. 10 can sit per table inside and 25 outside. 
  • Cultural venues such as cinemas and theatres can open to 75 percent capacity with a distance of 1.5 metres between people.
  • Shops can open to 75 percent capacity.

Catalonia

The Catalan government has reintroduced a curfew from 1am to 6am in 176 municipalities across the region, including in the main cities of Barcelona, Girona and Tarragona. They have also asked that non-essential activities be stopped by half-past midnight for the rest of the summer. 

  • A negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination will be needed to take part in outdoor activities involving more than 500 people.
  • All business activities must end at half-past midnight.
  • A maximum of ten people can meet in public or private.
  • The interior of bars and restaurants can open to 50 percent capacity. Up to six people are allowed at tables indoors and up to 10 outdoors. They must close by half-past midnight. 
  • Gyms and swimming pools can open to 70 percent capacity and can stay open until 1am. 
  • Nightlife is limited to outdoors only and must close by half-past midnight. Guests must be registered. 
  • Beaches and parks will be close from half-past midnight until 6am. 
  • Shops and cultural venues can open to 70 percent capacity.

Extremadura
The government of Extremadura has closed the borders of five towns and has asked for an extension on the perimeter closures of two others.

  • Bars and restaurants must close by 3am. There is now a 30 percent capacity limit inside with 6 people allowed per table and an 75 percent capacity limit on the terraces. Consuming at the bar is not allowed.
  • Up to 6 people can meet at a time.
  • Nightlife venues can open until 2am, if they have licence to do so. 

Galicia

On July 21st, Galicia announced that it will allow the interiors of restaurants and hotels in areas of maximum risk to open to people who present a complete vaccination certificate, who have recovered from Covid-19 or have a negative test, carried out in the last 72 hours.

Municipalities at medium-risk level can open their nightlife venues if patrons present a negative Covid test or have a vaccination certificate.

From August 14th, O Grove will be the only municipality at extreme risk level. 

  • Up to 10 can socialise outdoors and six indoors, from two different households between 1am and 6am in areas of extreme and high-risk levels and between 3am and 6am in areas of low or medium risk. 
  • A complete vaccination certificate, negative test Covid-19 test or proof that you’ve recovered from Covid-19 is required to enter bars and restaurants in municipalities at extreme and high-risk level. 
  • Places at a maximum risk level will be allowed to open the interiors to 30 percent and exteriors to 50 percent. Places at high and medium risk levels can open both their interiors and exteriors to 50 percent capacity. Those places at a low level can open their interiors to 50 percent capacity with 100 percent capacity allowed on the terraces. 
  • Bars and restaurants must close by 11pm, unless they have devices that can measure CO2 levels, in which case they can open until 1am.
  • Nightlife venues are closed in areas of extreme and high risk. They are allowed to open in areas at medium and low risk, but a negative Covid-19 test or a vaccination certificate dated at least 14 days prior is required to enter. They can open to a capacity of 50 indoors and 100 percent on the terraces. 
  • Municipalities can close beaches, parks and plazas if they see fit from midnight until 6am. 
  • Shops can open to 75 percent capacity and malls to 50 percent capacity.

Madrid

  • Bars and restaurants can stay open until 1am with a capacity limit of 50 percent inside and 75 percent on the terraces. Six people can be seated per table inside and eight outside.
  • Nightclubs can stay open until 3am, but must not let in any new guests after 2am. Drinking at the bar is not allowed and neither is dancing indoors.
  • Shops and cultural venues can open to 75 percent capacity.
  • Gyms can open to a 50 percent capacity limit indoors and 60 percent outdoors.

Murcia

Meetings between people who do not live together are banned from 2am to 6am, and socialising at other times is limited to 10 people. 

  • Bars and restaurants can stay open until 1am with a 75 percent capacity inside for places in level 1, 50 percent capacity limit indoors for places in level 2 and a 30 percent capacity limit for places in level 3.100 percent capacity is allowed on the terraces in places at all levels. 
  • The interior areas of nightlife venues remain closed, but the outdoor areas can operate at 100 percent capacity. Drinking at the bar and dancing are not allowed.
  • Shops and petrol stations will not be allowed to serve alcohol after 10pm. 
  • Non-essential businesses have to close at 2am.
  • Places in level 1 can open cultural venues to 75 percent capacity, in level 2 to 50 percent capacity, and in level 3 to 30 percent capacity. 

Navarra

The regional government has asked the Supreme Court of Navarra to keep all current Covid-19 measures in place until at least September 2nd. This has yet to be confirmed. 

Festivals and other events may also be suspended or cancelled. 

  • A curfew has been reintroduced between 1am and 6am in 141 localities, including Pamplona. 
  • The interiors of bars and restaurants can operate to 60 percent capacity or unlimited capacity if tables are spaced two metres apart and there is a machine to measure CO2 levels. They must close by 1am. 
  • Nightlife venues must close by 1am and can operate at 50 percent capacity with six people per table and no dancing. 
  • Shops can open to 60 percent capacity and large shops to 50 percent capacity.
  • Cultural venues can open to 75 percent capacity.
  • Up to 10 people can meet at a time both indoors and out. 

La Rioja

  • Level 1: The interiors of bars and restaurants can operate to 75 percent capacity with six per table. There is no capacity limit on the terraces. Nightlife venues can open.
  • Level 2: Bars and restaurants can open to 75 percent capacity indoors and 100 percent on the terraces, but must close by 1am. Nightlife venues can open.
  • Level 3: Bars and restaurants can operate at 50 percent capacity indoors and 100 percent capacity on the terraces, but must close by midnight. Nightlife venues cannot open.
  • Level 3+: 33 percent capacity inside bars and restaurants and 100 percent on the terraces. They must close by 11pm. 

Valencia region

The government of Valencia has asked the Superior Court of Justice if the current restrictions can be extended until September 6th, including curfews in 68 municipalities. 

  • There is currently a curfew between 1am and 6am in 77 municipalities, including Valencia and Benidorm. 
  • Up to 10 people can meet at a time from no more than two households. 
  • The interiors of bars and restaurants can operate at 50 percent capacity, while there is no limit on the terraces. Up to six can sit per table indoors and 10 outdoors. Eating at the bar and smoking are not allowed. They must close by half-past midnight. 
  • Nightlife venues must also close by half-past midnight and can operate at 50 percent capacity indoors and with no capacity limits outdoors. You can only drink if you’re sitting down, and dancing and singing karaoke are not allowed.
  • Alcohol is not allowed to be sold in shops between 8pm and 7am and the fines for botellón (drinking on the street) have increased to €30,000. 
  • Cinemas and theatres can operate at 75 percent capacity and there is no capacity limit for museums and galleries.
  • Gyms can open to 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 15 for indoor group activities and 25 for outdoor group activities.
  • Shops can open to a 75 percent capacity limit.

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