The cabinet has approved more measures to support workers and businesses


The cabinet has approved more measures to support workers and businesses struggling under the stringent coronavirus restrictions.

The package includes an extension of unemployment benefits and modifications to the tax code that should free up 1.1 billion euros to support small businesses and the self-employed.

The cabinet also said children under the age of 14, who were previously barred from leaving home under any circumstances, may accompany parents on essential trips such as to buy food or medicine from next Monday the 27th April.

However, they will still not be able to play outside.

Meanwhile labour minister Yolanda Diaz said the country’s services sector started creating net jobs last week, marking a slight improvement after companies massively laid off workers in March, but overall unemployment still rose in April.

She told MPs that almost 12,000 new workers registered with the social security from April 13-16.

The National Statistics Institute says the number of properties sold in Spain in February dropped 1.1% year-on-year and 5% compared to the previous month.

Catalonia and Madrid saw their property sales stumble, the two regions registering the steepest annual drop were La Rioja and the Basque Country.

However, sales grew between 8% and 12.5% year-on-year in the Balearic Islands, Andalucia, and Aragon.

Pamplona city council announced today that the world-famous Running of the Bulls has been suspended this year due to coronavirus.

On Twitter, the local authority said the Sanfermines fiestas would be held be held “as soon as possible” without specifying a date.

Barcelona FC are to give a sponsor naming rights to the Nou Camp for the first time and donate all the revenue to fighting coronavirus.

Barca’s stadium has never had another name since opening in 1957.

The La Liga champions have given the title rights to the Barca Foundation, who will find a sponsor.

Barcelona did not have a shirt sponsor until 2010 when they signed a deal with the Qatar Foundation, although charity Unicef had appeared on their shirts from 2006.