The omicron variant is behind the explosive increase in coronavirus infections in recent weeks in Spain. The positive fact is that although the strain detected in Africa is spread more quickly, there are fewer hospital admissions than in previous variants.
With the incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants rising, some communities returned to restrictions to curb positive cases at Christmas.
Aragon, Navarre, the Basque Country, La Rioja, Cantabria and Asturias have limited timetables and capacity in bars, restaurants and nightlife.
Among the restrictions that come into force this Wednesday, they propose the prohibition of consumption in bar and the reduction of capacity and schedules. In addition, “no exceptions are envisaged on New Year’s Eve”.
- Cultural, social and sports shows: It is not recommended the consumption of drinks and food but, if so, will have to reduce the capacity to 50% with assigned seats and leaving one free for each used.
- In hospitality: The establishments will close at 00:00 hours and the maximum occupancy will be 10 people per table both indoors and outdoors, with a distance of 1.5 meters per table. Bar consumption is not allowed.
- Nightlife: It will close at 02:00 hours, the mask will be mandatory at all times, the tables will be up to 10 people, with a distance of 1.5 meters between the tables, and it will be mandatory to separate the dance floor from the tables.
- In crowded events: The covid passport will be requested and there can be up to 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors.
- In gyms: There will be no time restriction and the limit of participants will be 10 people.
From Wednesday the closing of the hospitality sector will be at midnight and the night leisure establishments at 02:00 until 15 January, with limitation in both cases of ten diners per table and prohibition to consume standing.
The Principality of Asturias has imposed new restrictions to curb the exponential growth of positives in recent weeks. The restrictions will come into force on Tuesday and will last up to a month. The measures include the closure of the interior of nightlife establishments and the closure of the hotel at no more than 01:00.
The Canary Islands maintain restrictions on capacity in Gran Canaria and Tenerife: 50% outdoors and 33% indoors. Limitation to six persons who can meet in public or private spaces.
The hospitality establishments close at 02:00 and the reception of the Three Kings in Heliodoro Rodríguez has been cancelled.
They have asked the High Court of Justice of Navarre (TSJN) for the endorsement to extend the covid passport to residences, hotels and gyms and to limit the hospitality hours to 01:00 in the morning, until 14 January.
Cantabria advances the publication of the covid traffic light to tighten the restrictions. The municipalities with the highest incidence of Sars-CoV-2, the most populated and all those with more than 5,000 inhabitants, will not be able to open the night leisure. And there will be reduced capacity in sports or cultural activities.
Fifty of the 102 municipalities are this Monday at high risk of covid-19 contagion, including all those with more than 5,000 inhabitants, and therefore from tomorrow will not be able to open night leisure and the hospitality will have a capacity of 75% of its capacity.
Catalonia has established the curfew between 01:00 and 06:00 hours to limit the movement. It closes the nightlife. Reduce capacity inside restaurants.
In the Community of Madrid will reduce the capacity for New Year’s Eve at the Puerta del Sol. Thus, on 30 and 31 December, capacity will be limited by 60 per cent, so that only about 7,000 people will be able to access it.
It is planned that the five macrofiestas that had requested permission for New Year’s Eve with a capacity of between 500 and 1,000 people will not be authorized.
The Region of Murcia has not imposed a curfew for New Year’s Eve, but it does provide for the closure of all non-essential activity between 1:00 and 6:00 in the morning. In the night leisure the dance floors have been closed and the reduction of the capacity to 30% and the requirement of the covid passport in these premises is maintained.
There are also limitations in hospitality: 12 people outdoors and 10 indoors.
The president of the Board, Juanma Moreno, announced that on January 4 the committee of experts will analyze the situation of the coronavirus and if the data continue to rise, new measures will be implemented, although they would not be “as drastic” as in Catalonia, where there is a curfew.
Moreno has explained that “probably” they will have to make “some decisions” that will try to “affect as little as possible the economic activity”.
The City Council of Granada has already suspended the New Year’s Eve party in the Plaza del Carmen and will modify the route of the Three Kings Parade to avoid concentrations. It will also limit the celebration of La Toma to the acts of the Royal Chapel.
The Board has no further restrictions if there is no radical change in coronavirus data in the coming days.
Castile and Leon
It will not impose additional restrictions, such as limited seating or the closure of nightlife.
The Balearic Islands maintain the covid certificate in all catering establishments, regardless of capacity, and all cultural establishments. In Menorca, the most representative restaurants on the island have been closed.
No new restrictions are envisaged.
It is planned to adopt measures affecting social meetings and New Year’s Eve meetings. The Galician president asks to limit contacts.
The obligation to present the covid passport is maintained throughout the hospitality, including the terraces until 31 January. It is recommended to avoid the crowds in the celebrations of New Year’s Eve and the cavalcades of Kings.
It will adopt measures that will enter into force on Wednesday. The Lehendakari already proposed in the Conference of Presidents to limit the closing time of hotels to 01:00 and to restrict seats to 60%.