Spain’s health council of 17 autonomous presidents has today agreed on how COVID-19 restrictions will shape this Navidad.
In a televised briefing, the Ministerio de Sanidad today outlined 10 rules that will govern internal movement, family reunions and curfews.
Here is a breakdown:
- Autonomous communities will close their borders between 23rd December – 6th January. Any journey between Madrid and Castilla la Mancha, for example, must be justified. (Read here current justifications for entering the Valencian Community.)
- Reunions of up to 10 people are allowed on 24th, 25th and 31st of December and 1st of January. The 10 must be from a maximum of two separate households and abide by the so-called 6M rule (see below).
- Christmas events – such as the annual Reyes Magos – are ‘discouraged’ .
- A special curfew on 24th and 31st December will allow people to remain outside until 01:30 the following morning.
- Residents are urged to practise social distancing 10 days before planning to return to a family home for Christmas.
- Attending large sporting events is prohibited.
- Religious spaces are not allowed to sing and must used pre-recorded music, always respecting interior capacity rules. Kissing figures in nativity scenes is discouraged.
- Residents are urged to do their Christmas shopping as early as possible to avoid congregations of people.
- Residents of care homes are urged to maintain a single social bubble and only return to one place of residence during the festive period.
- Public transport services are urged to provide ample service to avoid congregations of people.
The Ministerio de Sanidad reminded citizens to respect the 6m – see more in their Tweet below.