Spain faces this weekend with half a country free of all restrictions, of which more than 21 million people are released, as all the measures that were in force to stop the pandemic have been eliminated in eight autonomous communities, including the prohibition of dancing in discotheques.
With more than 77 percent of the population vaccinated with the complete schedule, the cumulative incidence this Thursday was 48.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, the lowest since July 2020, so Spain is already in a situation of low risk of transmission.
Some data that certify that the battle is being won by virus and that allow lifting the limitations imposed more than a year and a half ago to get back to normal. Despite this, the health authorities continue to look suspiciously at the macro-bottles that are convened on weekends.
Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Valencian Community, Extremadura, Madrid, Navarra and Euskadi These are the eight regions that have already concluded the de-escalation process that began a few months ago. Others like Andalusia or La Rioja are one step away from it.
The main novelties this week have occurred in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, so far the most lagging behind when it comes to making restrictions more flexible: they have expanded the capacity of the hotel industry and have completely reopened nightlife, although it is necessary to present the covid passport to access to the locals.
The same requirement that is demanded in Galicia of customers who want to enter the clubs after 3 in the morning and that, like the previous autonomies, has the endorsement of the courts of justice.
Madrid, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community have recovered the dance floors in nightclubs this week and nightlife, thus adding to the regions that had done it before.
This saturday, San Sebastián will host the Dantz Festival 2021, which will become one of the first competitions in which you can dance.
The Galician community, for its part, has been the second to enter the phase of “new normality, in which the Principality of Asturias is also found, as it is below 25 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants.
As a general rule, it is mandatory to use the mask indoors and in places where the safety distance cannot be maintained.
In addition, seven communities maintain smoking ban on the terraces: Aragón, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, the Valencian Community and La Rioja.
This is how the restrictions remain in the different autonomous communities:
The The Basque Country has lifted all the limitations of schedules, capacity and groups that were in force to face the pandemic, and from now on it can be consumed at the bar counter.
It is only mandatory to use the masks indoors and outdoors when the safety distance cannot be kept, as well as on the terraces of bars and restaurants, except at the time of ingestion.
The 80% capacity restriction remains in force in closed venues with a capacity of more than 5,000 people, as is the case in basketball halls. In the rest of the premises and facilities the capacity is 100%.
There are no restrictions on schedules or capacity in most of Andalusia, which is at health alert level 0, except in the capital of Seville, the Western Costa del Sol, part of Huelva and the entire province of Almería.
In these areas, the 75 percent capacity is maintained inside the hospitality establishments, which can open until 2, and nightlife is allowed until 5.
In Aragon, the measures in force are maintained at a time when the health authorities are especially aware of the beginning of the cultural week organized by the Zaragoza City Council on the occasion of the day of the Pillar.
The hotel business opens depending on what the premises license marks. Ten people are allowed inside and 15 outside with capacity of 50% and 100%, respectively.
Nightlife is open until 4 and meetings of up to 30 people are allowed in private spaces.
Asturias, the first community to enter the new normal phase According to the COVID traffic light designed by the Ministry of Health, this week it has eliminated all current restrictions, except the use of a mask.
Baleares nightlife has reopened, although clients have to present the vaccination certificate to access the premises. The clubs can close at 5, with a capacity of 75 percent, although users have to be seated to drink. The dance floor with a mask is allowed.
The hotel business can open at the times established in the ordinances of each municipality, with a capacity of 75 percent indoors (until now it was 50%) and without limitation of people per table.
All the islands, except Fuerteventura, are already at level 1 of epidemiological risk, after improving the situation in Tenerife.
The catering capacity for level 1 is 75 percent indoors and 6 people per table, and 100% outdoors and a maximum of 10 diners outdoors.
Nightlife reopened last week until 4:00 a.m. on the islands that are at alert level 1 and 2, and transport capacity was recovered to 100%.
Cantabria continues to have a low level of contagion risk, which is why it has further relaxed the restrictions this week, including from now on it can be consumed as a bar.
The capacity in the hotel industry, which maintains the same hours, has also been expanded. Nightlife closes at three in the morning.
Castilla la Mancha
Castilla-La Mancha has no restrictions, except for the use of the mask that is kept in closed spaces and when the safety distance cannot be kept.
In the hospitality industry, bar consumption is allowed and there is no longer a limit on capacity or the number of diners per table. Dancing is allowed.
Cinemas, theaters and auditoriums have no capacity limitations. Running of the bulls in the streets and bullfighting festivities are allowed. Sporting events are held without restriction of capacity.
Castile and Leon
There are no capacity limitations in hotels and businesses, but it is still mandatory to wear a mask and maintain a safety distance of 1.5 meters. There is also no time or capacity restriction in nightlife.
Too the presence of the administration workers has also recovered.
Catalonia has relaxed the measures: The interior of the nightclubs has reopened with a capacity of 70% and prepandemic hours, although it is necessary to present the covid certificate to access the premises. The dance floors open.
Nightlife, which until now could only open until 3 on terraces, returns to its usual hours: 6 in the morning on Friday nights, Saturdays and holidays, and until 5 from Sunday to Thursday.
The Valencian Community has ended all current restrictions, so that as of tomorrow, Saturday, it returns to normal: the leisure and hospitality sectors return to their normal hours and can be consumed at the bar.
In addition, dancing is allowed as long as the mask is worn during the celebration of outdoor music festivals.
Estremadura It left without effect all restrictive measures, so there are no longer limits on capacity, hours or nightlife.
The use of the mask is still mandatory in closed spaces, in places outdoors when there is not an interpersonal distance of 1.5 meters and in means of transport, as well as in large events.
Galicia Since this Saturday the indoor capacity increases to 90 percent. The hotel business closes at 1 am and allows meetings of 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors.
Nightlife closes at 4, but customers who access this type of premises after 3 must present the covid certificate.
The Rioja remains at low level 1, which allows the opening of hotels and nightlife according to the license of each establishment, with a 75% capacity indoors and 100% outdoors. Dancing with a mask and consuming in the bar with a distance of 1.5 meters is allowed.
Commerce, cultural activities and non-regulated training have a capacity of 100%. The prohibition of the sale of alcohol is maintained from 22:00 hours.
The Community of Madrid It no longer has capacity restrictions indoors and outdoors in any activity. Bar service has returned in the hospitality industry and there is no longer a maximum number of occupants at the tables.
From today the dance floors can also be used.
Navarra lifted all time and capacity restrictions a week ago, but wearing the mask indoors is still mandatory, as well as outdoors when it is not possible to maintain the safety distance of 1.5 meters.
It is also mandatory in public transport and in large outdoor events, whether the attendees are standing or sitting, if that interpersonal distance cannot be guaranteed.
Ceuta has made progress in easing restrictions: this week the allowed capacity inside bars and restaurants has increased to 75%, and the number of diners indoors to eight people and to twelve outdoors.
The capacity allowed in nightlife has been increased to 65% and that of libraries to 100%. The closure of the beaches is also lifted between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am.
In Melilla, restrictions are slightly eased from this Friday and the general capacity indoors, which rises to 75%, except in nightlife venues, where it is 60%, and in sporting events, it is 80% in open venues, and 60% in closed areas.
The number of diners per table has also been expanded, which will now be eight indoors and ten outdoors, with a distance of one and a half meters between sets of tables and chairs. Hospitality and nightlife close at the latest at 3 in the morning.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.