Madrid: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced a new emergency on Sunday to curb the soaring coronavirus infection, impose local nighttime curfew, and in some cases ban interregional travel.
This measure takes effect on Sunday nights and requires setting a night curfew and limiting the number of people allowed to meet in all regions except the Canary Islands.
“We live in extreme situations,” he said at a press conference following a cabinet meeting. It’s the most serious health crisis in the last century.”
Catalonia was one of the first regions to impose a curfew on Sunday with a new bill, which takes effect at 10pm. Facilities open to the public must close at 9 PM.
Police were patrolling the city before the curfew took effect, and local residents welcomed the new rules. Vocational training teacher Paula said, “I believe we have to take action in some way because everything is out of control. “More action is likely to come, but it’s a good start.”
Other regions that have announced curfew since Sunday night include Cantabria and La Rioja. Spain implemented the most stringent containment measures in the early days of the pandemic and then mitigated during the summer. However, like many other European countries, a second wave has occurred in recent weeks and is now the most infected in Western Europe. Friday’s total number rose to 1,046,132, with deaths close to 35,000.
Congressional approval is required for an emergency condition to last more than 15 days. Sanchez asked Congress to approve the extension until May 9. More and more regions are urging governments to implement the bill.
The Madrid area has already limited the number of people you can meet in your home to six and has banned the mixing of different households overnight.
Canary Islands Vice President Roman Rodriguez tweeted that this tourist hotspot was “satisfied” with being removed from curfew, but encouraged people to stay vigilant. The island hopes to save the tourist season after Britain and Germany decided last week that there are no more travel risks. This decree will serve as a legal framework for implementing a new level of warning systems similar to those already applied in countries such as Germany and France.
Depending on the level of risk, travel between regions may be prohibited if the region decides, except for good reasons such as work. Localized closures may limit movement within the area.
Most regions are already above the parameters considered the highest level of risk.