Spain declares new state of emergency with night-time curfews across the whole country but Canary Islands EXEMPT!
The Spanish government has declared a new state of emergency, with restrictions on mobility and a 11pm to 6am curfew across the whole country.
Travel to the Canary Islands, where Brits can
now go on holiday without going into quarantine on their return to the UK, has
NOT been affected.
The new order will remain in force until next
May. Social gatherings and travel between autonomous communities will also
Regional leaders will have the power to alter
the local curfews an hour either way but will not have the power to lift them
and set their own travel restrictions.
The new national state of emergency or alarm
was approved by the Cabinet this morning and the Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez
is currently holding a press conference to explain all the details.
The curfew is being put in place to cut down
on night-time socialising.
The decree will not see the closure of Spain’s borders, as was
the case during the first wave of the pandemic. There are also exceptions on
travel, with the Canary Islands – the Spanish region that currently has the
best coronavirus data – exempted from the restrictions on travel between
regions in a bid to aid the tourism sector. The curfew will also not apply.
Communities are also given the possibility to restrict entry and
exit from their territory, except for justifiable reasons, a decision that
remains in the hands of their presidents.
The Spanish government is also introducing four tiers of
emergency depending on the region’s coronavirus figures.