What Covid-19 restrictions are in place for each region in Spain in October?

What Covid-19 restrictions are in place for each region in Spain in October?
What restrictions are in place in October? Photo: by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP
Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted all over the country after the fifth wave and some regions have virtually abolished them altogether. These are the current restrictions you need to know for each region in Spain in October 2021.

Covid-19 cases have been falling again since the beginning of the fifth wave and the introduction of the Delta variant, but there are still risks and many regions still have several restrictions in place. Here’s what you need to know for each region in Spain. 

Andalusia

  • A new level 0 has been introduced. Bars and restaurants in municipalities at this level will have no capacity or opening time restrictions. At places in level 1, bars can operate to a 75 percent capacity limit indoors and stay open until 2am. Eight are allowed per table indoors and 10 outdoors. 
  • There is 100 percent capacity allowed on the terraces.
  • Nightlife venues at places in level 0 also have no restrictions on capacity or opening times. At places in level 1, drinking at the bar is allowed and tables can seat eight people inside and 10 outside. 

Aragón

  • Meetings are allowed with up to 30 other people, both in public and in private. 
  • Bars and restaurants have a capacity of 50 percent indoors and 100 percent on the terraces. Ten are allowed per table inside and 15 outside. Closing times now depend on each venue’s municipal licence. 
  • Nightlife venues are allowed to open until 4am, if their licences permit them and they have the same capacity limits as bars and restaurants. 
  • It is not permitted to smoke at nightlife venues or use the dance floors. 
  • There is still a 75 percent capacity limit at cultural venues, gyms, swimming pools and shops.

Asturias

  • There are no more limits on the opening times of bars and restaurants. 
  • Eating at the bar is allowed and up to 10 people can sit at tables both inside and outside.  
  • Nightlife venues can open until 4am with six per table inside and 10 outside. 
  • Shops are limited to a 75 percent capacity for shops larger than 300 square metres and 50 percent capacity for those smaller than 300 square metres.
  • Cultural venues can open to 75 percent capacity.

Balearic Islands

The Superior Courts of the Balearic Islands have approved the use of Digital Covid Certificates for nightclubs. 

  • Nightclubs are allowed to reopen from October 8th to a 75 percent capacity and can stay open until 5am. Masks will be required on the dance floor. 
  • Also from October 8th, restaurants and bars will be allowed to increase their capacity limits from 50 to 75 percent and will be allowed to stay open until 2am. The number of people allowed per table is eight indoors and 12 outdoors.
  • Cocktail bars can open until 4am. 
  • Shops must close by midnight and have no capacity limits.

People dine outdoors in Palma de Mallorca. Photo: JAIME REINA / AFP

Basque Country

There are no limits on capacity or opening times. The use of masks is still required and the government ask that people still maintain their distance from one another. 

Canary Islands

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

  • Restaurants and bars in level 1 can operate up to 75 percent capacity indoors and 100 percent capacity on the terraces. They can stay open until 3am and 12 are allowed per table. Those in level 2 can operate up to 75 percent capacity outdoors and 50 percent capacity indoors. They can stay open until 2am and are allowed eight per table. 
  • Social gatherings are limited to 12 people on islands at level 1 and eight on islands at level 2. 
  • Nightlife venues have been allowed to open on all islands from October 1st without the need for a Digital Covid Certificate to access them. Places in levels 1 and 2 can open until 4am. 
  • Cultural venues such as theatres and cinemas can operate at 75 percent or 50 percent if food and drink are consumed. For places in level 3 eating and drinking are banned in theatres and cinemas.

Cantabria

All of Cantabria’s 24 municipalities have now moved to level 1.

Level 1: 75 percent capacity inside bars and restaurants and 100 percent on the terraces. Six allowed per table inside and 10 per table on the terraces. Nightlife venues can operate at a 50 percent capacity with six allowed per table indoors and 10 outdoors. They can stay open until 3am. Shopping malls can open to 75 percent capacity. 

Castilla-La Mancha

On September 23rd, the government of Castilla-La Mancha relaxed all Covid restrictions on capacity limits and opening times. The only rule that remains is the use of masks indoors or when distance cannot be maintained outdoors. 

  • There are also no restrictions for nightlife venues.

    Castilla y León

    On September 21st, Castilla y León lifted all Covid restrictions on capacity limits and opening hours. 

    Catalonia

    On October 6th, the government of Catalonia announced the reopening of indoor nightlife venues.

    • Nightlife venues can reopen to a capacity of between 60 to 70 percent and stay open until 5am on weekdays and until 6am on weekends. A Digital Covid Certificate will be required to access them and for those who haven’t been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19, a negative test (PCR or antigen) will need to be taken 72 to 48 hours ahead of time. Masks must be worn at all times (except when drinking) and drinks will not be allowed on the dancefloor. 
    • Music bars will be able to stay open until 2.30am on weekdays and 3am on weekends.  
    • The interior of bars and restaurants can open to 50 percent capacity. Up to 10 people are allowed at tables indoors and outdoors. They can stay open until 1am and eating and drinking at the bar is allowed. 
    • Shops and cultural venues can open to 70 percent capacity.

    People sit at a terrace bar in Barcelona. Photo: Pau BARRENA / AFP

    Extremadura

    From September 30th most Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. The use of masks is still required and although there are no capacity limits, it’s recommended that nightlife venues, bars and restaurants don’t exceed 80 percent capacity. It’s also recommended that people don’t meet in groups larger than 10. 

    Galicia

    The government of Galicia has announced that from October 9th, capacity limits for everything except nightlife venues will increase to 90 percent and the restrictions on how many people can meet will be eliminated. For bars and restaurants, the number of people who can sit per table will increase from eight to 10 people inside and from 15 to 20 people on the terraces. 

    • There are now two types of rules for various establishments – those that can open their interiors to a 50 percent capacity and those that can open them to a 75 percent capacity. Those places that can open to 75 percent capacity must have CO2 metres on display, FFP2 masks, weekly staff diagnostic tests, and client registration. 
    • New rules for nightlife venues came into force on the first weekend of October – those places that require Covid-19 certificates and have the maximum safety measures can stay open until 4am with an indoor capacity limit of 75. The rest are limited to a 50 percent capacity and can stay open until 3am. 
    • Shops can open to 75 percent capacity and malls to 50 percent capacity.

    Madrid

    From October 4th, Madrid relaxed all rules on capacity limits and opening hours.

    • Smoking is not allowed on the terraces if there are not at least two metres between tables and you can eat and drink at the bar only if you’re seated. 

    Murcia

    • For places at level 1 bars and restaurants can operate at a 75 percent capacity indoors. There is a 50 percent capacity limit indoors for places in level 2 and a 30 percent capacity limit for places in level 3. There are no capacity limits on the terraces at all levels. They can stay open until 4am. 
    • From October 6th, nightlife venues have also been allowed to stay open until 4am with the same capacity limits as bars and restaurants. 
    • There is a 75 percent limit for cultural venues and the use of masks is required. 

    Navarra

    On October 1st Navarra relaxed all restrictions on capacity limits and opening hours. 

    • Smoking on the terraces is prohibited unless there are at least two metres between tables.

    Some regions allow nightlife venues to open their terraces only. Photo: Pau BARRENA / AFP

    La Rioja

    • There are no more restrictions on opening times for bars and restaurants. As of October 1st, there is a 75 percent capacity limit indoors and 100 percent on the terraces.
    • Nightlife venues can open to the same capacity limits as bars and restaurants and dance floors can be used. 

    Valencia region

    From October 9th, the government of Valencia will relax all restrictions on capacity limits and opening times. 

    • Eating and drinking at the bar will be allowed and dance floors can open in nightclubs, but masks must be worn. 

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