Covid Updates – Spain

Covid Updates – Spain

​After two difficult years, and with the worst of the pandemic hopefully behind us, Spain has relaxed most of the Covid safety measures. However, it is still important to keep up to date with any restrictions that remain in place nationally, locally and when travelling.

As and when any national changes are announced, you can read about them here. You might also find the following links useful for further information:

  • View the latest Covid figures for Spain from Worldometers here
  • Sign up to RadarCOVID Spain for alerts re contact here
  • When travelling, use the Spain Travel Health app here

Please continue to be vigilant, observe any Covid safety measures and stay safe!

 

Check back with us regularly for the LATEST NEWS updates re: changes to safety measures, travel arrangements and much more.

 

20 April: Face masks no longer required in most indoor settings

Effective immediately, face masks will no longer be required indoors under most circumstances. The changes – first announced on April 6 – were confirmed by Spain’s Council of Ministers on April 19.

Masks are still required indoors under the following circumstances:

  • In hospitals and other health-related establishments, e.g. dental clinics, pharmacies
  • In care homes, for both visitors and staff
  • On public transport

In work places, the employer will decide whether face masks are required.

The health service advise the public to continue to exercise “common sense” and “caution”.

6 April: Health Control Form no longer required for all visitors to Spain

The Spanish Government has changed the rules regarding the Health Control Form used by travellers entering Spain. It is no longer required that all passengers complete one on arrival.

Passengers will now simply have to show an EU Digital Covid Certificate or an equivalent from a non-EU country. It is recommended, however, that before you travel you check your certification is valid for entry. You can do so on the Spain Travel Health website.

Read the official government bulletin here

10 February: Masks no longer required outdoors

​Mask wearing outdoors is no longer required, except in the following circumstances:

  • At large outdoor events where attendees are required to stand
  • At large outdoor events where attendees are seated but are not able to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres
  • Use of masks is still recommended in crowds

Further details are available in the official Royal Decree (BOE) here

23 December: New Covid restrictions re mask wearing outdoors

A special cabinet meeting was held today to approve mandatory outdoor mask wearing in a bid to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. The decision was made at a virtual meeting on 22 December with regional heads of government. It followed concerns regarding the recent rise in case numbers, reaching the highest daily figures since the pandemic began. Experts are warning that the new measures alone are “insufficient” in the fight to flatten the curve of infections. The new measures will take effect on Christmas Eve. You can watch the official announcement from the Ministry of Health here.

Exceptions to the new mask-wearing rules include:  when practicing sports; when in “natural spaces” such as the countryside or beach; when alone; when maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters.

The armed forces will be used to aid the vaccination programme and contact tracing. PM Pedro Sánchez insists that vaccinations and boosters remain the best tool against the virus.

As at 21 December, Spain has the 3rd best vaccination record in Europe, with 80.9% of its population fully vaccinated. The UK, by comparison, vaccinated 69.1% of the population over the same period.

For live data tracking of European vaccinations, click here

Read more on this story in El Pais here

Read Spanish Ministry of Health Covid information, including travel advice and vaccine certification here

1 December: New travel restrictions Brits travelling to Spain

With immediate effect, visitors from the UK will now be required to prove they have been fully vaccinated in order to enter Spain. A negative Covid test will no longer be an alternative option.

The new vaccine requirements apply to anyone aged 12 and over. Under 12’s do not need vaccine certification, and can travel to Spain with fully vaccinated parents. Fully vaccinated means either having received “both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine”, at least 14 days prior to travel to Spain.

Certificates of recovery, a medical document proving you have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months, are also no longer acceptable.

As the 12-15 year age group are only now being offered a second vaccine in the UK, the new rules will prevent them from visiting Spain for the next few weeks, and certainly for Christmas.

Spain accepts the NHS Covid pass.

The requirement for all visitors to complete a Spanish Travel Health Form remains in place.

If you are planning to visit Spain, whether from the UK or elsewhere, you can view all the latest requirements on the Spanish Health Ministry website or on the British Government website.

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25 June: Face mask restrictions to be lifted

On Thursday 24 June, the Cabinet held an extraordinary meeting to finalise the proposal regarding the wearing of face masks outdoors. The news came days after France and Germany also announced the relaxation of face mask rules.

Effective from Saturday 26 June, it will no longer be necessary to wear face masks in outdoor spaces, except when it is impossible to maintain a safe 1.5 metre distance.

The proposed change was originally announced by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at a press interview on June 18 – you can listen to the announcement here

Sanchez said, “Our streets, our faces, will begin to regain their normal appearance in the coming days”.

For more on this story, read El Pais here

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9 May: Spain’s State of Alarm comes to an end

As the national state of alarm comes to an end, many of the national covid restrictions will be lifted. Spain’s regions are still determining what measures will be lifted and which retained.

Restrictions likely to affected include:

  • lifting of curfews
  • opening of borders across the provinces
  • longer opening hours for shops
  • eating indoors at bars & restaurants permitted
  • numbers of people you are allowed to meet to increase

Regional authorities will need support from the courts for further measures to remain in place.

For further information, including covid measures by region, read El Pais article here

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16 APRIL: ‘Digital Green Certificate’ – EU’s vaccine passport – to come into force in June

By the end of June, travellers arriving in Spain with the new EU vaccine passport will no longer be required to take a Covid test or to quarantine.

The new document will come in the form of a free QR code (in digital and physical form) and will allow more people to travel “in a safer manner”, said Alfredo González, the general secretary of Digital Health, Information and Innovation. He added, “This certificate is not a passport, it’s not a travel document, and it’s not a requirement for travel. It’s a mechanism that will facilitate mobility in the European Union. It will respect data protection, safety and privacy. It is planned so that it will not be discriminatory, and that is one of the major advantages.” 

The plan is part of the government’s strategy for this year, during which the authorities are forecasting that 40 million foreign visitors will arrive.

For more on this story, from El Pais, read the full article here

Read more about the EU’s Digital Green Certificate here

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31 MARCH: Stricter face mask rules introduced

Face coverings in public spaces are now mandatory, regardless of the distance between people. The Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE) published yesterday requires anyone aged six and over to wear a face mask “on public streets, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space that has a public use or is open to the public”.

Previously, it was only necessary to wear a mask in public and outdoor spaces when it was not possible to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres. For further information:

  • Read the official BOE here
  • Read updated information on the Spanish government website here
  • Read more on this story in El Pais here
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3 MARCH: Vaccination Strategy update

The Spanish authorities have issued an updated vaccination strategy detailing when priority groups can expect to be vaccinated. The government website includes many links and documents, and the most frequently asked questions (FAQs).

  • For further information, click on the government website here
  • For FAQS, click here
  • For further links and documents, click here
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JANUARY 25: Covid 19 restrictions updated by region

As infections soar across the country, many regional authorities have announced new safety restrictions. The national government has so far resisted the call to reintroduce a national lockdown, arguing that the new highly-localised restrictions are sufficient.

The Ministry of Health has published in interactive map that allows you to check the restrictions in place in your area.

Read more on this story in The Local here and in El Pais here.

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DECEMBER 10: Spain relaxes the Covid test requirements for air passengers to allow for TMA tests

From today, arrivals at Spanish airports will be able to present results of a Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA) test, as an alternative to a PCR test. The TMA option is in response to complaints that the PCR are more expensive, and results take longer.

A negative test, of either kind – taken in the 72 hours prior to travel – must be presented on arrival. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to 6000 euros.

Read more on this story in El Pais here

Read the official Ministry of Health press release here

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DECEMBER 4: Regulations & recommendations on celebrating Christmas this year

Health Minister, Salvador Illa, has announced rules & recommendations for a safe Covid-free Christmas. Between 23rd December & 6th January movement between autonomous communities is limited, except for grouping of family & friends.

 

  • On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, News Years Eve & New Years Day, meetings will be restricted to 10 people (including children)
  • Curfew on Christmas Eve & New Years Eve will be extended to 1.30 am.
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Some autonomous communities may enforce stricter measures, so check with your local authorities.

A good source of information for regional updates is the N332 Road Safety Association – view their Facebook page here

For more on this story read El Pais here

NOVEMBER 12: Travellers will need a negative PCR test result before arrival in Spain

From Monday 23 November, the Spanish government will require passengers arriving from at-risk countries to provide proof of a negative PCR test before allowing their entry into Spain. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure & will only apply at airports, not at land borders.

The measure – which will affect most EU countries – will apply to over 60 countries worldwide that have high infection rates.  Further details of countries affected will be available shortly.

For EU/EEA countries, the authorities will use data provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control – you can view their ‘risk map’ here

For other countries, the restrictions will apply to countries with an infection rate of over 150 in 100,000.

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You can read the full press release from the Ministry of Health here

To read more on this story, see the article in El Pais here

OCTOBER 30: Most Spanish regions set to close borders ahead of All Saints weekend

With the exception of Extremadura, Galicia & the Canary Islands, all Spanish regions have announced plans to close their borders before the holiday weekend. The closures will limit travel across the country, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

To interact with a map of Spain for further information, visit La Sexta here

For more on this story, read the article in El Pais here

The situation is very fluid at present, so please check in regularly for the latest updates

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OCTOBER 30: Congress votes to extend ‘state of alarm’ until 9 May 2021

Last Sunday, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced a new ‘state of alarm’ & his intention to seek parliament’s approval to extend it for six months. Today, following a two-day debate, Congress has voted for that extension.

The ‘state of alarm’ will enable regional governments to enforce the new curfew and mobility restrictions.

For further information, read the article in Spain in English here

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OCTOBER 25: Prime Minister approves a new state of alarm

The Spanish Cabinet have approved a new national state of alarm, providing a legal framework for regional authorities to curb public mobility. In a bid to combat the spread of Covid, socialising at night will be restricted.

Although the measures are initially for 15 days, the government has made clear its intention to keep them in place until April 2021.

The new restrictions are:

  • A curfew from 23.00 to 6.00 daily (with flexibility to add/subtract 1 hour either way)
  • Travel restrictions between regions, unless justified

For the full story, read El Pais here

To view the press statement from President Pedro Sánchez, visit the government Facebook page here

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    OCTOBER 23: New Covid measures put in place across 2214 municipalities

    Due to the rise in infection rates, new restrictions are being put in place in many towns and municipalities across the country. The restrictions, which will affect areas with 500+ new cases per 100,000 population, over the last 14 days, will include curfews and “perimeter confinement”.

    For further information, and to identify areas affected, click here.

    You can also find information relating to specific areas, on the Road Safety Association Facebook page.

    Read articles in El Pais covering the following topics:

    • 7 million Spanish residents now facing perimetral lockdown here
    • Valencian Community, Andalusia & Castilla y León announce curfews here

    11 autonomous authorities are so concerned about rising infections they are calling on central government to declare a “State of Alert”. An urgent ministerial meeting is being convened by Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, on 25 October. Read more on this story in El Pais here

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      AUGUST 25: Autonomous regions can request ‘state of alert’; contract tracing support from military & government app

      • In a press conference today, Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez offered regional premiers the authority to request their own ‘state of alert’, firmly putting the authority back with the regions. Sánchez said the progress of the coronavirus curve was worrying and that it “needed to be tackled”.
      • In Catalonia and Madrid – two of the worst affected areas for new cases – the Prime Minister has offered the support of the military to aid with contract tracing.
      • Regional authorities are being encouraged to roll out the use of a new contract tracing app, created by the government. If widely used by the public, the ‘Radar Covid’ app is expected to reduce the impact of the pandemic by 30%. The app does not require the supply of personal data, so personal privacy is protected.

      Sign up to the new app (currently available in Andalusia, Cantabria, Aragón & Extremadura): https://radarcovid.app/andalucia-cantabria-aragon-extremadura-app-radarcovid/

      AUGUST 14: Health Minister announces new measures to curb the spread of the virus

      Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, today announced a ban on smoking in outside public spaces and closure of nightclubs, discos & music bars.

      Illa said that smoking is only allowed in open public spaces as long as a safe distance of 2 meters can be maintained.

      In hospitality premises, a minimum safe distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained at bars & tables, with a maximum of 10 people only at each table.

      All establishments, including bars and restaurants, will have to close at 1:00 am & no new patrons will be allowed entry after midnight.

      AUGUST 7: Guidance for wearing masks

      The Spanish government has issued advice about wearing masks, in order to keep the population safe from coronavirus.

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      • Wash your hands first
      • Make sure your mask is in good condition
      • Wear the mask the right way round:
        • Metal strip at the top
        • Coloured side on the outside
      • Make sure to cover your nose, mouth & chin
      • Ensure the mask fits correctly, with no gaping
      • Don’t touch the mask while wearing (except for the straps)
      • Replace mask after a maximum of 4 hours wear

      JULY 18: Wearing of masks now mandatory in the Valencian Community

      Following the example set by many other Spanish regions, the wearing of masks became mandatory today in the Valencian Community. The decision was taken due to the four-fold increase in the number of infections of 20 to 40-year olds.

      Masks will be compulsory at all time, with the following exceptions:

      • on the beach or in a swimming pool
      • in outdoor areas such as the countryside or the mountains
      • in bars & restaurants
      • for those with respiratory problems
      • whilst taking part in sports activities
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      JULY 14: Many Spanish regions implement mandatory face coverings

      A number of regional governments are making the wearing of face masks compulsory in public spaces. The following regions have either made face coverings mandatory or are about to:

      • Aragón, Asturias, Cantabria, Navarre, La Rioja, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Extremadura, Andalusia & Murcia

      In the Valencia region, the option is being seriously considered – a decision will be reached shortly.

      For more on this story, read El Pais: https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-07-13/with-over-100-coronavirus-outbreaks-more-spanish-regions-make-face-masks-mandatory.html

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      June 30: Spain prepares to open its borders

      As part of reciprocal arrangements between the European Union & 15 other countries, Spain will open its borders from July 1.

      The named countries have been selected based on the epidemiological situation in each country, which must have a similar or lower contagion rate than the European average for every 100,000 inhabitants for 14 days. 

      The named countries are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Japan, Georgia, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China will also be included, but only if visitors from the EU receive reciprocal treatment.

      For more on this story, read El Pais: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-06-30/as-eu-prepares-to-reopen-borders-spanish-experts-stress-importance-of-coronavirus-safety-measures.html

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      June 21: All of Spain enters the ‘New Normality’

      The ‘state of alert’ has officially ended after 24 weeks of lockdown measures. Whilst many restrictions have been removed, 4 essential rules remain:

      • Social distancing of 1.5 meters
      • Compulsory wearing of face masks when social distancing measures cannot be maintained
      • Hand washing/sanitising
      • Hygiene in public & private spaces

      Travel between provinces is now allowed, and travel from EU countries/UK is now permitted, without quarantine, with the exception of Portugal (to follow shortly).

      June 21: Brits can visit Spain without quarantine

      Spain’s Foreign Minister, Arancha Gonzalez, has announced that with immediate effect, British citizens can travel to Spain from today, without facing quarantine measures. British visitors will need to:

      • Provide contact information & any history of Covid exposure
      • Undergo a temperature check & a visual health assessment

      For full travel details re Spain, checkout this EU webpage, updated in real time – use the icons on the right to scroll around transport options: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ESP

      Currently this decision is a unilateral one, & we await confirmation regarding quarantine measures for Brits returning from Spain to the UK.

       

      Read more on this story in El Pais here: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-06-20/no-quarantine-for-uk-travelers-entering-spain-foreign-minister-confirms.html

      USEFUL LINKS:

      Spanish Department of Health travel page has useful travel/health information about including the online travel form: https://www.spth.gob.es/

      Worldometers monitor the number of cases & death tolls, by country: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

      Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME) COVID-19 death toll projections for Spain: https://covid19.healthdata.org/spain

      For updates about the lockdown rules – Boletín Oficial del Estado: https://www.boe.es/index.php?lang=en

      The Spanish government website has all the latest news from Spain, in English: https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/lang/en/Paginas/index.aspx

      N322 Road Safety Association has a wealth of information about lockdown measures on their Facebook page:
      https://www.facebook.com/DrivingSpain/

      European Commission coronavirus home page: https://ec.europa.eu/health/coronavirus_en

      WHO specific information on Spain: http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/spain

      WHO specific information on UK: http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland

      Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs & Social Welfare: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/home.htm

      Spanish Ministry of the Environment: https://www.miteco.gob.es/es/ministerio/medidas-covid19/

      UK Foreign Office travel advice for Spain: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

      Brits in Spain (British Embassy in Madrid) Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BritsInSpain/

      Brits in Spain website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain#coronavirus

      Ukrainians in Spain

      Ukrainians in Spain

      The crisis is Ukraine has been at the forefront of our minds since the war began over a month ago, writes Bremain Chair Sue Wilson MBE for The Olive Press. In particular, the plight of Ukrainian refugees has seen the governments and the peoples of Europe open their hearts, minds and wallets to help those in desperate need.

      In an effort to understand what more could be done to help, and what motivated people to provide support, funding or even accommodation, I spoke to some of those affected.

      I met Anastasia Ka and her 11 year old daughter in my home town of Alcossebre.  She had flown into Spain from Poland, having travelled from her home in Lviv. Her parents decided to stay in Ukraine. “They didn’t feel safe, but they did feel comfortable”, Anastasia told me. From the start of the war, life was different. The experience of having to move to safety underground every time a government alert was received – sometimes several times a day, or night – became too much for Anastasia. It was impossible to sleep, to wash her hair, to work or to study. However, Anastasia did manage to volunteer for the Red Cross at the railway station, helping people and their pets to leave. Worried for her daughter, despite it being “difficult to leave the motherland”, she travelled to Poland to start her journey.

      As Lviv is a tourist town, and thanks to Anastasia’s intervention, those safety alerts are now in five languages, to keep all in Lviv safe, regardless of nationality. On life in Spain, Anastasia told me, “Everyone here asks me how I am. It is difficult to say “bien” or “good” when every day I hear bad news, bombs are going off and people are dying”. When I asked her what she thought would happen back home she said, “War has taught me not to think too much, not to make plans and to live every day like it’s your last”. Anastasia is making the most of the sun and being by the sea. But her dream is for peace to return and to be able to go home as soon as possible.

       

      Anastasia and her daughter have settled in Alcossebre

      Anastasia and her daughter have settled in Alcossebre

      Candace and David Edwards have donated beds, a travel cot, bedlinen, a high chair and a bag of towels to a group helping Ukrainian refugees in Nerja, as well as making a generous donation to charity. The Edwards have known 61 year old Tania, a Ukrainian/Russian woman, for the last 17 years, describing her as the hardest working person they know. Tania has a married son with two young children back in Ukraine. When war broke out, Tania’s granddaughter was in Germany with her mother, for special medical treatment. Tania’s son managed to get her grandson to the Polish border and he has been reunited with his mother and sister in Germany. However, Tania’s son had to return home to Zaporizhzhia, north-west of Mariupol, partly to fight, but also to support Tania’s disabled sister who is unable to leave. Tania is very concerned for her sister and her son, as soldiers were seen entering the town a few days ago. Candace told me, “I’ve been giving stuff away to Tania over the years to send on to her family in Ukraine. The whole situation is so desperately sad”. 

      On February 24, 39 year old Oksana Panchuk and her 11 year old son were woken by an explosion that shook the windows of their Kyiv apartment. A worried phone call from her parents told her “something incomprehensible” was happening and she should move to their home in Zhytomyr for safety. She started packing immediately. Many other Kyiv residents had the same idea, resulting in huge traffic jams and Oksana and her son having to abandon the car and walk 10 kilometres. After a week in Zhytomyr, it was clear that the war was spreading and civilians were being targeted. It was time to move on as “every night my son trembled with fear”.

      With relatives in Palma de Mallorca offering help, Oksana and her son got on a bus for Poland, where they were fed and able to rest. They teamed up with a family travelling to Barcelona, then took a ferry to Mallorca where they were met by relatives, who they stayed with initially. Until they found British Palma resident, Tracey O’Rourke, who offered them a room.

      Tracey (L) with Oksana and her son

      Tracey (L) with Oksana and her son

      While Oksana is grateful to feel safe, she is naturally worried about her family back home, who she calls every day. She said, “Every night I wake up and worry about the lives of my parents who stayed in Zhytomyr, my boyfriend who is in Kyiv.” She follows the daily news and “waits for this bloody tragedy to end”. Oksana wants to return home as soon as possible, to help rebuild her country. She added, “we don’t want another country, another life – we want our homeland back”.

      Tracey watched and listened to the Ukraine invasion, feeling powerless but determined to act. She felt a connection to the Ukrainian people, with her brother being a historian, a regular visitor to Ukraine and Russia, and her sister-in-law being from Vitebsk. She told me, “I am not simply a horrified observer – I know people in both countries”. When she read that Spain was welcoming fleeing families without visa applications, she made enquiries and started filling out forms. A contact in the Ukrainian church in Palma put her in touch with Oksana’s relatives, whose house was now full of other family members fleeing the war. Tracey said, “this was something practical and meaningful that I was in a position to do”, adding “God forbid, if I was ever in this situation myself, I would hope that someone would do the same for me”.

      If these personal stories have inspired you to find out more, or to want to help in any way, then check out the Bremain in Spain dedicated ‘Ukraine in Spain’ page here. On it you will find background information, a list of ways you can help Ukrainian refugees in Spain, plus links to organisations and charities providing much needed aid. Thank you!

      How Spain is outpacing the UK when it comes to women in politics

      How Spain is outpacing the UK when it comes to women in politics

      For over 100 years, International Women’s Day has celebrated women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements, writes Bremain Chair Sue Wilson MBE for Olive Press. In that time, the change in the way women are treated, or in the opportunities available to them, has been considerable. Yet in many important respects, women are still far from equal to their male counterparts in society, especially in the workplace.

      In politics in the modern world, we are becoming more used to seeing countries led by women. Many of those female leaders have been many particularly noteworthy and inspiring, especially during the pandemic. Angela Merkel, Jacinda Ardern and Ursula von der Leyen are amongst those that have stood out for their compassion, their strength, their intelligence and their determination. However, in terms of the total numbers of politicians, men still make up the vast majority at all political levels.

      Spain is leading the way in Europe with the largest number of women in parliament at close to 50%. In Cabinet, that number is even higher, with women taking the majority of ministerial roles, including that of Vice President. Not the top job yet though.

      In many respects, Spain is still clinging to its macho past. However, the government are making considerable efforts to change that, and judging by the representation of women in parliament, those efforts are working.

      By comparison, the UK is falling behind. Since 1918, there have only been a total of 558 female members of parliament. Until the end of 2016, there had been fewer women sitting in the House of Commons thoughout history than there were men sitting at any one time. 

      Although numbers have increased to the current high of 224, currently male MPs outnumber female MPs in the Commons almost two to one. In the House of Lords, the representation of women is even worse, with them making up less than 28% of the total (231 out of 829). In the Cabinet, at the highest levels of British government, that number drops to just 26%, with only six women in ministerial positions.

      Inequality for women in politics in Britain is also an issue of party. Adding together the opposition parties, almost 43% of positions are held by women. If you look at Labour on its own, that figure rises to 51%, with half of the Shadow Cabinet being female. By comparison, in the Conservative party, the figure drops to less than a third. Some parties, it would seem, are more equal than others.

      Inequality for women in politics in Britain is also an issue of party. Adding together the opposition parties, almost 43% of positions are held by women. If you look at Labour on its own, that figure rises to 51%, with half of the Shadow Cabinet being female. By comparison, in the Conservative party, the figure drops to less than a third. Some parties, it would seem, are more equal than others.

      As in Spain, British women make up just over half of the total UK population. Yet we are pitifully unrepresented in British politics and in British decision making. That said, we are not alone. Decisions being made by our government are not representative of the views of the majority of the British public, regardless of their sex. There’s a reason you no longer hear the once infamous cry of the “will of the people”. Even our government don’t try that lie on anymore. 

      As long as important decisions affecting the future of our country are being made by rich, middle-aged, white men, its not just women whose voices won’t be heard. Inequality comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. We must fight it in every form, at every opportunity, for the benefit of men and women alike.

      One year since Brexit …. still not ´done´

      One year since Brexit …. still not ´done´

      Bremain Chair Sue Wilson MBE takes a look back at the first year of Brexit in an article for The Olive Press:

      The festivities are behind us, and for good or bad, we “got Christmas done”. If only the same could be said for Brexit. Not only is Brexit not “done” but it appears to be rather different to the one the country was promised. It does not do what it says on the side of the tin, or in this case, on the side of a bus.

      I’m minded to write a letter to the government’s complaint department – yes, they do have one, I checked – but I think they might be rather overwhelmed at the moment dealing with other dissatisfied customers. Assuming, of course, that they are not all at a party, gathering or meeting.

      Whether you voted for or against leaving the EU, there are few that can be happy with the outcome. In fact, public opinion has shifted considerably over the last 12 months, with only 14% of the British public now thinking Brexit is going well. Farmers and fishermen are suffering buyers’ remorse, businesses are concerned about lack of investment and staff and a mountain of red tape, and prices are rising. That’s before the UK have even implemented full customs checks on EU imports. We have yet to see what a full-on Brexit will actually even look like. I think we can be sure it won’t be pretty.

      Still, new year, new day, and it’s not all bad news, right? As the first Brexit Secretary, David Davis, said back in October 2016, “there will be no downsides to Brexit at all, and considerable upsides”. He may have been proved slightly wrong about the downsides, but those upsides are SO worth it! Australian wine is going to be 20p a bottle cheaper to import, and who drinks European wine anyway? British fisherman will be able to catch more fish in five years time, assuming they haven’t gone out of business by then. A popular favourite will be the return of imperial measures. Not only will Brits be able to drink pints of beer out of pint glasses again (did they ever stop doing that?), but Champagne is going to be served in pint bottles! I’m not entirely sure the French have been told about this development as yet, but I’m sure they’ll be only too happy to change productions lines just for us. And let’s not forget blue/black passports – the first passport in history to reduce our ability to travel.

      Even those responsible for negotiating and implementing Brexit are not faring well. We’re already two Prime Ministers down, and the current incumbent’s position is looking a tad insecure. Then we have the Brexit Ministers – to lose one Brexit Secretary would have been bad enough. To lose four in five years is starting to look like carelessness. Or possibly, even the most devoted Brexit advocates just can’t turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse, no matter how much sovereignty they sprinkle on top.

       

      Withdrawal Agreement

      The latest development saw Lord Frost toddle off into the sunlit uplands/the House of Lords, perhaps to sign up for anger management classes. Frosty the No-Man has become Frosty the Go-Man, to be replaced by wearer of many hats, and many contradictory opinions, Liz Truss. As a former staunch Remainer, and even a Lib-Dem, we can only hope that Truss will take a less belligerent approach to Brexit negotiations, though first appearances would suggest otherwise. Still, in the spirit of New Year, I’d like to suggest a few resolutions she might wish to consider.

      Firstly, she could break the habit of her predecessors, learn how the EU functions, and stop treating our European neighbours as the enemy. The role of a negotiator or diplomat, is to be well, diplomatic. Another step forward would be to end the threats and honour international agreements the UK signed up to. The EU can hardly be blamed for Brexit failing to live up to the rose-tinted promises of many a PM and Brexit Minister.

      My biggest wish would be for the return of all that Brexit has stolen from us – our rights as EU citizens; our international standing and reputation for honesty, decency and tolerance; and a return to our place as a global economic power.

      Brexit isn’t done – it’s not even close. But it is bonkers – for the economy, for jobs, for prices and for business. Brexit was mis-sold, and the country would like its deposit back please.

      But it doesn’t have to be this way. A closer, more efficient, economically viable relationship with the EU is not only possible, it’s worth fighting for. I’ll be happy to raise a 0.473 glass of Champagne to that any day of the week! In the meantime, maybe it’s time to send off my letter of complaint and ask for my money back.

       

      El adiós del Reino Unido de la Unión Europea – Postfactual Interview

      El adiós del Reino Unido de la Unión Europea – Postfactual Interview

      Bremain member Greg Hunt was recently interviewed about the UK’s exit from the European Union by Celia Rivas Lopez, Political Editor in Chief for Postfactual, a new journal in Spain. Postfactual describes its purpose as follows:

      Because we believe it is necessary to disseminate the knowledge that has been relegated to the academic world, we bring to our journal disciplines that have been relegated almost exclusively to the academic field, such as the study and analysis of political culture, in an attempt to approach current affairs from the thought , the reason and the circumstances in this current dilemma, exemplifying with practical cases and taking into consideration the History of Political Ideas and Law.”

      You can listen to Greg from approximately fifteen minutes in:

      Many thanks again to Greg for taking part on behalf of Bremain. 

      Lockdown in Spain

      Lockdown in Spain

      On 14 March 2020, Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez announced the lockdown to the nation, effectively banning people from leaving their homes except to go to work or buy essential supplies.

      The ‘state of alert’, initially scheduled to last for 15 days, is reviewed on a fortnightly basis, and has and will be extended as appropriate. The Spanish government will continue to monitor the effectiveness of their lockdown measures, and further extensions will be considered, as and when necessary, to keep the public safe.

      The lifting of restrictions will be phased in as appropriate, with the timing of each new phase being considered on a regional basis.

      Read the STOP PRESS section for the latest updates as they happen. You can also find USEFUL LINKS at the bottom of the page. 

      STOP PRESS

      June 20: ‘State of alert’ ends at midnight June 21

      After 14 weeks of lockdown measures, ‘the ‘state of alert’ is finally coming to an end. Mobility restrictions will be removed, but hygiene & safety measures, to protect against a resurgence of the coronavirus, will remain in place. These measures include the compulsory use of face masks when it is not possible to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres.

      The “new normality” measures will remain in place until the pandemic is considered to be over.

      Please note that any further updates, relating to future coronavirus measures, will appear on our new webpage: The “New Normality”

      JUNE 14: Spain prepares for the final phase of lockdown measures from Monday 15 June

      Most regions of Spain will enter the final de-escalation phase on 15 June, leading up to the end of the ‘state of alert’ on 21 June.

      Phase 3 changes to lockdown measures


      Exercise: all time bands completely removed

      Meetings: Maximum number now 20 people but still observing social distancing & safety measures

      Play areas: Public swings and playgrounds will open

      Shops: All can now open, maximum capacity of 50%

      Shopping centres: Common areas open at 40% capacity & observing social distancing measures; shops within shopping centres open at 50% capacity

      Markets: 50% of the usual stalls can open

      Hotels: Opening of common areas, including swimming pools & spas, at 50% capacity

      Bars & Restaurants: Terraces open at 75% capacity, with a maximum occupancy of 20 people per table, indoor areas at 50% capacity

      Pubs & clubs: 1/3 of its capacity, excluding dance floors

      Funerals: Maximum 50 people in open spaces or 25 in closed spaces

      Weddings & religious sites: Maximum of 150 people outdoors, 75 indoors, but not more than 75% maximum capacity

      Cinemas, theatres: Pre-assigned seats with 50% of the capacity

      Outdoor shows: maximum 800 people, seated & respecting social distancing

      Museums, exhibition halls, cultural shows & libraries: maximum capacity of 50% & groups of up to 20

      Casinos, gaming & recreational rooms: 50% capacity

      Active & nature tourism: Allowed with groups of up to 30 people, or 20 people with a guide

      Recreational centres, zoos & aquariums: 50% capacity, limited to 1/3 of capacity in closed spaces

      Beach: Bathing is allowed on the beaches respecting social distancing & safety measures

      Sports: Competitive sport can return, sports centres at 30% capacity

       

      The use of a mask is mandatory on public roads, outdoor spaces & in closed spaces, when it is not possible to maintain a safe distance of at least 2 metres

      JUNE 11: Compulsory 14-day quarantine will end July 1

      The government are taking a series of steps to re-activate the tourist industry and have given a green light to a pilot scheme in the Balearic Islands.

      From June 15, German visitors will be allowed to visit the Balearics – a similar scheme proposed for the Canaries was rejected by the regional authorities. This option will not be available for tourists from Britain, though talks are underway with the British authorities. Other regions are being invited by the government to launch their own pilot schemes.

      Tourists arriving in the Balearics will have to complete a health form, have their temperature taken, provide contact details & confirm where they will be staying.

      A similar process will be applied at all airports once Spain enters the ‘new normality’.

      JUNE 10: Cabinet approve Royal Decree for the ‘New Normality’

      Health Minister, Salvador Illa, announced yesterday measures that will be put in place until the government declares “that the crisis is over”. These safety measures will take effect once the ‘state of alert’ comes to an end on June 21.

      The decree, which will be published in due course, includes the mandatory use of face masks in closed spaces, where a distance of 1.5 meters cannot be observed. The application of restrictions will fall to regional authorities. The legislation will also set out safety measures to be observed in schools, workplaces, hotels and shops.

      JUNE 10: Cabinet approve Royal Decree for the ‘New Normality’

      Health Minister, Salvador Illa, announced yesterday measures that will be put in place until the government declares “that the crisis is over”. These safety measures will take effect once the ‘state of alert’ comes to an end on June 21.

      The decree, which will be published in due course, includes the mandatory use of face masks in closed spaces, where a distance of 1.5 meters cannot be observed. The application of restrictions will fall to regional authorities. The legislation will also set out safety measures to be observed in schools, workplaces, hotels and shops.

      JUNE 5: New phase changes from 8 June

      Health Minister, Salvador Illa, has announced the areas that will change phases on June 8. 52% of the Spanish population will now be in Phase 3 of the de-escalation process.

      Central government will allow regional authorities to take control of the de-escalation process and decide how long this last phase should last.

      Phase 1 to Phase 2

      • Castilla y León
      • Cataluña: Barcelona, Metropolitana Norte, Metropolitana Sur & Lleida
      • Madridnidad Valenciana will stay in phase 2.

      Phase 2 to Phase 3

      • Andalucía
      • Aragón
      • Asturias
      • Islas Baleares
      • Canarias
      • Cantabria
      • Castilla-La Mancha: Guadalajara & Cuenca
      • Cataluña: Alt Pirineu i Aran, Terres de l’Ebre & Camp de Tarragona
      • Extremadura
      • Galicia
      • La Rioja
      • Navarra
      • Melilla
      • Murcia
      • País Vasco

      Areas not mentioned will stay in their current phase. The Comunidad Valenciana will stay in phase 2.

       

      For more Covid-related news (in English), go to the government website: https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/covid-19/Paginas/index.aspx

      For more news on this story, read El Pais here: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-06-05/more-than-half-of-spain-moving-to-phase-3-of-coronavirus-deescalation-plan-on-monday.html

      JUNE 3: Final extension to ‘state of alert’ agreed by parliament

      Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, secured a sixth and final extension today for the ‘state of alert’. The emergency powers were put in place on March 14, with the aim of halting the spread of the coronavirus. The measures will now stay in place until June 21 – a total of 14 weeks.

      Next week, the Cabinet will approve a Royal Decree regarding health regulations and measures that will be in place as Spain exits the crisis.

      These measures and regulations will be implemented jointly with regional governments, until such time as a vaccine is available.

      MAY 31: Further relaxation of lockdown measures from June 1

      Health Minister, Salvador Illa, has announced the latest relaxation of lockdown measures, effective from June 1. These measures are expected to last for 14 days, though some regional authorities have requested permission to speed up the process. Over 32 million Spanish residents – 70% of the population – will now be in phase 2 of lockdown measures.

      Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2:

      • Andalucia – Granada & Málaga
      • Valencian Community – Castellón, Valencia, Alicante
      • Castilla-La Mancha – Ciudad Real, Albacete, Toledo
      • Murcia – Totana
      • Catalonia – Girona, Cataluña Central, Alt Penedès, El Garraf
      • Castilla y León – area of El Bierzo

      Moving from Phase 2 to Phase 3:

      • Balearic Islands – Formentera
      • Canary Islands – La Gomera, El Hierro & La Graciosa

      For further details on what’s allowed during lockdown phase 2, scroll down this webpage.

       

      MAY 26: Quarantine for overseas visitors will be lifted on 1 July

      At an inter-ministerial meeting yesterday, conducted by video call, government ministers agreed to lift the coronavirus quarantine for visitors from overseas.

      Foreign Minister, Arancha González said that “the most difficult part is behind us. From July we will gradually reactivate international tourism, we will lift the quarantine and ensure safe health conditions.”

      MAY 23: Foreign tourists can return to Spain from July

      Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez today announced the latest government measures during the coronavirus crisis and confirmed that the virus reproduction rate is now at 0.20.

      The tourist sector can now start preparing for the summer season with Spain being open to foreign tourist from July. Sánchez encouraged Spaniards to start planning their vacations and said tourism would return “in safe conditions”.

      In addition, Sánchez confirmed that the Spanish football championship will recommence w/c 8 June.

      Read more in El Pais here: https://english.elpais.com/politics/2020-05-23/spanish-pm-foreign-tourists-will-be-able-to-return-to-spain-from-july.html

       

      MAY 23: Lockdown restrictions loosened in municipalities with less than 10,000 inhabitants

      New measures will take effect, regardless of which phase municipalities are currently in, as long as social distancing measures are observed:

       

       

      • bars and restaurants can open – capacity restricted to 40%
      • restrictions on exercising during scheduled timeslots will be lifted
      • outdoor markets can open – with restrictions on occupancy
      • churches can open – capacity restricted to 50%
      • funerals can be attended by 15 people indoors, 25 outdoors

      For those municipalities already in Phase 1

      • meetings with friends can increase from 10 to 15 people
      • outdoor sports facilities can be used – maximum 30% capacity

      Further details can be found, in Spanish, in Boletín Oficial del Estado No. 144, on the government website: https://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2020/05/22/

       

      MAY 22: New changes to lockdown phases effective from Monday 25 May

      Health Minister, Salvador Illa, has announced further areas of Spain that will change phases on 25 May.

      AREAS MOVING TO PHASE 1

      • Castilla y León: Ávila, Segovia, Soria, Burgos, Palencia, León, Zamora, Salamanca y Valladolid.
      • Cataluña: zonas sanitarias de ciudad de Barcelona, Metropolitana Sud y Metropolitana Nord.
      • Madrid

      AREAS MOVING TO PHASE 2

      • Andalucía: Almería, Córdoba, Cádiz, Huelva, Jaén y Sevilla.
      • Aragón: Huesca, Zaragoza y Teruel.
      • Asturias
      • Islas Baleares: Ibiza, Menorca y Mallorca.
      • Canarias: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura y La Palma.
      • Cantabria
      • Castilla-La Mancha: Guadalajara y Cuenca.
      • Cataluña: zonas sanitarias de Campo de Tarragona, Alto Pirineo y Arán y Las Tierras del Ebro.
      • Extremadura: Cáceres y Badajoz.
      • Galicia: Lugo, La Coruña, Orense y Pontevedra.
      • Murcia
      • Navarra
      • País Vasco: Guipúzcoa, Vizcaya y Álava
      • La Rioja
      • Ceuta
      • Melilla

      The whole of the Valencian Community remains in Phase 1.

      Source: https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/Paginas/index.aspx

      What’s allowed in Phase 2

      • Restaurants (those without terraces), theatres and cinemas can open but ‘with limitations’ – 1/3 capacity and with table service
      • Outdoor cultural events can be held with a maximum of 400 people – but only if seated and with social distancing measures in place.
      • Cultural gatherings indoors can be held with a maximum of 50
      • Historic visitor attractions (not theme parks) and monuments can open with 1/3 capacity, and for pre-arranged group or guided visits only.

      For further information, read Spain in English here: https://www.spainenglish.com/2020/05/22/lifting-lockdown-spain-full-details-phases/

      MAY 21: ‘State of alert’ extended until 7 June

      Congress has narrowly voted in favour of a further 2-week extension to the ‘state of alert’, to 7 June.

      It is expected that Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez will ask for one further and final extension after this one. The timing would then coincide with the national coronavirus de-escalation plan, which will be coming to an end, late June, across most of the country. 

      On 20 May, the number of deaths recorded rose slightly to 110, after 3 consecutive days of less than 100 deaths. The number of new cases daily also continues to fall.

      The Prime Minister told Congress, “The state of alarm will not last one day longer than necessary. Nobody has the right to throw away what we have all achieved together”.

      For more on this story, read El Pais here: https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-05-20/spanish-pm-finds-support-in-congress-for-fifth-extension-to-state-of-alarm.html

      MAY 20: The wearing of face masks is made mandatory from 21 May

      The new rules regarding the compulsory wearing of face masks will come into effect on Thursday 21 May, except in certain circumstances.

      See graphic from N332 (Road Safety Association) for further details or read the Boletín Oficial del Estado no. 142, from the Agencia Estatal here: https://boe.es/boe/dias/2020/05/20/

      MAY 18: The wearing of face masks to become mandatory in public spaces

      On Sunday May 17, Health Minister, Salvador Illa announced that the Ministry of Health will shortly make the wearing of face masks compulsory in public spaces. Until now, it has only been required to wear masks on public transport. Work is currently under way to draft a ministerial order, which will be published “in the coming days”.

      It is likely that the wearing of masks will become obligatory in businesses and closed public spaces, but it is unclear as to whether they will be required on the street.

      MAY 18: Relaxation of exercise restrictions in some areas

      The current measures allocating exercise timetables to specific groups of people are likely to be relaxed in some areas. At present, municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants are exempt from these restrictions, and all residents are free to exercise at any time of day. They must, however, abide by other regulations, i.e. once a day only, maximum of 1 hour, within 1 km radius of their residence and with only one other family member.

      These timetable restrictions will soon also be removed for municipalities with up to 10,000 inhabitants.

      Further details will be announced shortly, but read here more in El Pais:
      https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-05-17/spains-health-ministry-will-make-masks-obligatory-beyond-just-public-transport.html

      MAY 17: Prime Minister Sánchez to ask Congress for one last extension to ´state of alert´

      The Spanish PM made a televised address yesterday afternoon, announcing his intention to request one last extension, this time for one month. He said the de-escalation process would be completed in half of the country by the beginning of summer.

      He stated that the lockdown was working and that “the path we are taking is the only one possible”.

      For the full story, read the article in El Pais here: https://english.elpais.com/politics/2020-05-16/spanish-pm-will-request-one-last-extension-of-the-state-of-alarm-this-time-for-a-month.html

      MAY 16: Lockdown restriction changes – areas moving to new phases effective from 18 May

      Health Minister, Salvador Illa, announced changes this weekend to the lockdown levels in certain areas. Further information will be available soon.

      Phase 0 to Phase 1

      • Malaga
      • Granada
      • All of Valencian Community
      • Some areas of Castilla & León
      • All of Cataluña, except for Metropolitan Barcelona
      • Cuidad Real
      • Toledo
      • Cuenca

      Phase 1 to Phase 2

      • Islands of Formentera, La Gomera, El Hierro & La Graciosa

      Source: N332 – Road Safety Association

      MAY 16: Non-essential travel restrictions extended for international travellers

      Effective immediately, restrictions for non-essential travel have been extended until 15 June.

      The order stipulates that the authorities may turn away EU citizens and their relatives for public health reasons, if they are not “registered as residents of Spain, or headed directly to their place of residence in another members state, Schengen-associated state or Andorra”.

      The travel restrictions will therefore extend beyond the current termination date of the ´state of alert´.

      Source: Boletín Oficial del Estado – No. 136, 15 May.

      For further information (in Spanish), go to the official government website here: https://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2020/05/15/

      Or read more on this subject in El Pais here: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-05-15/spain-to-extend-restrictions-on-international-travelers-until-june-15.html

      May 12: Two-week quarantine for all overseas travellers from 15 May

      The Spanish government has ordered a two-week quarantine for all overseas travellers entering the country in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

      Incoming travellers will have to remain indoors except to shop for essentials such as food and medicine.

      The quarantine will remain in force throughout the duration of the “state of alert”, which is currently due to end on 24 May.

      The measures apply to all travellers, including Spanish citizens returning to the country. Only lorry drivers, airplane and ship crews, cross-border workers and health staff who are entering Spain to work will be exempt.

      Read more on this story from El Pais here: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-05-12/spain-to-introduce-14-day-quarantine-for-international-travelers.html

      MAY 11: British Embassy provides updates re Phase 1 de-escalation measures

      As of today, many parts of Spain are moving into Phase 1, while others remain in Phase 0. The timetables & existing rules for walks & exercise remain in place during both phases, but regional governments may introduce some changes.

      One important rule change is regarding travelling in private vehicles. Those who live in the same residence will now be able to travel in the same car, occupying all of the seats, & without the need to wear masks.

      Please see the infographics for further details but note that these do not include all measures. Full details can be found on the Spanish government website here: https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/covid-19/Paginas/index.aspx

      For further details direct from the British Embassy, go to their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/BritsInSpain/

      MAY 9: Spanish government announce areas of Spain that will implement Phase 1 next week

      From Monday 11 May, selected areas will implement Phase 1 of de-escalation measures, expected to last for two weeks. In some regions, the designated areas have been selected based on “health zones” rather than provinces. Travel outside of your province will not be permitted.

      Those areas not selected will remain in Phase 0 for the time being. Further announcements will be made in due course.

      For further details, in Spanish, read the Agencia Estatal ‘Boletín Oficial del Estado´ here: 
      https://www.boe.es/diario_boe/txt.php?id=BOE-A-2020-4911

      Or read the article – “As half of Spain moves to Phase 1 of coronavirus deescalation, what will change?” – in El País here: 
      https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-05-09/as-half-of-spain-moves-to-phase-1-of-coronavirus-deescalation-what-will-change.html

      MAY 6: State of Alert extended until May 24

      Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has today secured a fourth extension to the state of alert. He warned that a further extension of ‘several more weeks’ would be needed to see Spain through the four-stage de-escalation process. Sánchez stressed the need to limit freedom of movement in order to defeat the virus, saying that it would be a ‘grave irresponsibility, an absolute and unforgivable error’ to end the state of alert too soon.

       

      MAY 2: Prime Minister announces the lifting of some lockdown restrictions, effective May 4

      • Small businesses, such as bookstores, garages, hardware stores, clothing or shoe repair workshops, hairdressers, will be able to open with the following conditions:

      ⇒ Only by prior appointment
      ⇒ One customer per employee only
      ⇒ Special timetable for seniors (to coincide with their allotted exercise time slots)

      • Restaurant and bars may open for takeaway food only, with orders being placed over the phone/on the internet
      • Face masks will be obligatory on public transport -14.5 million masks will be distributed via transport hubs, municipalities & social institutions
      • Given the low level of infections, the Spanish islands of Formentera, El Hierro, La Graciosa & La Gomera will see further relaxation of lockdown measures

      The prime minister also announced his intention to request a further two-week extension to the ‘state of alert’.

      For further information, read El Pais in English here: https://english.elpais.com/politics/2020-05-02/spanish-pm-face-masks-will-be-obligatory-on-public-transport-from-monday.html

      Or read El Mundo in Spanish here: https://www.elmundo.es/espana/2020/05/02/5ead5b22fdddff28048b45ce.html

       

      MAY 1: Full conditions of relaxation of lockdown restrictions regarding exercise – effective from May 2 2020

      Translated from BOE – https://www.boe.es/eli/es/o/2020/04/30/snd380

      Article 2. Movements allowed for the practice of physical activity.

      1. People aged 14 and older may circulate on roads or spaces for public use for the practice of physical activities permitted by this order, in accordance with article 7.1(e), (g) and (h) of Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14 March declaring the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19.
      2. For the purposes of this order, the non-professional practice of any individual sport that does not require contact with third parties, as well as walks, is permitted.
        Such activities may be carried out once a day and during the time slots provided for in Article 5.
      3. During walks you can go out accompanied by one person with whom you live. However, those persons who have to be accompanied may also go with a person employed by a care home or regular caregiver.

      Non-professional individual sports that do not require contact can only be performed individually. However, persons who have to be accompanied may go out with a person with whom they live, a person employed by a care home or a regular caregiver.

      1. Walks shall be taken no more than one kilometre from the home. This limitation shall not apply to the non-professional practice of any individual sport, this being permitted within the municipality where you reside.
      2. Persons who have symptoms or are in home isolation due to a diagnosis for COVID-19 or who are in a period of home quarantine because they have had contact with any person with symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19 may not make use of the permissions contained in paragraph 1. In addition, residents of senior social health centres may not make use of such permission.
      3. The movements referred to in this Article do not affect those generally permitted in Article 7 of Royal Decree 463/2020, March 14, as well as under Order SND/370/2020, of April 25, on the conditions under which outings by children must take place during the health crisis caused by COVID-19.

      Article 3. Requirements for avoiding contagion

      1. During the practice of the physical activities authorised under this order, individuals must maintain a distance of at least two metres from others.
      2. Avoid busy areas and spaces where people may gather.
      3. As far as possible, the physical activity permitted under this order must be carried out continuously, without stopping unnecessarily in streets or public spaces. When it is necessary to stop in the street or a public space, due to the physical condition of the individual, this pause should only be for the time strictly necessary.
      4. All the prevention and hygiene measures related to COVID-19 recommended by the health authorities must be observed.
      5. To enable persons to maintain safe distances, local authorities may redistribute the use of public spaces to favour pedestrians and cyclists, in that order.

      Article 4. Permitted spaces.

      1. Persons may circulate on any road or public space, including authorised natural spaces and green areas, provided these respect the limits established in this order.
      2. It is not permitted to enter closed sports facilities to practice the activities allowed under this order.
      3. It is not permitted to use a motorised vehicle or public transport to travel to streets or public spaces in order to practice the activities allowed under this order.

      Article 5. Time slots.

      1. The following time slots are established for the practice of the activities allowed under article 2.2:
      2. a) Individual sports and walks may only take place between 6 am and 10 am and 8 pm and 11 pm.
      3. b) Persons who need to be accompanied and persons over 70 may practice individual sport and walk between 10 am and 12 pm and between 7 pm and 8 pm. Persons over 70 may be accompanied by a person between the ages of 14 and 70 who lives with them.
      4. The time slots indicated in this order will not apply to municipalities, or smaller, separate populated areas within a municipality forming an administrative area, which have a population of 5,000 or less, where the activities allowed under this order may take place between 6 am and 11 pm.
      5. Exceptionally, these time slots do not apply when, for duly accredited medical reasons, physical activity is recommended in another period, or because the persons accompanying older people, minors or the disabled cannot do so within the allotted time slot.

      El Pais Interactive map: How far can adults go for a walk under Spain’s relaxed confinement measures? https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-05-01/interactive-map-how-far-can-adults-go-for-a-walk-under-spains-relaxed-confinement-measures.html

       

      APRIL 30: Relaxation of lockdown restrictions regarding exercise, effective from 2/5/20

      The Spanish health authorities today announced new rules for outdoor activity. Health Minister, Salvador Illa, said that individuals can go out once a day, within their own municipality of residence, without making contact with third parties. Sports are also allowed as long as practiced individually.

      Adults will be able to walk alone, or with one other family member, for up to an hour, and within one kilometre radius of their residence.

      • Walks and sport for healthy adults: 6.00-10.00 and 20.00-23.00
      • Walks for dependent persons (with a caregiver) and over-70s: 10.00-12.00 and 19.00-20.00
      • Exercise with children (under current conditions): 12.00-19.00

      In municipalities with less than 5000 inhabitants, time restrictions will not apply, though all activities must take place between 6.00 and 23.00.

       

      APRIL 28: Prime Minister announces de-escalation plan

      In a press conference today, Pedro Sánchez announced that the Council of Ministers have approved a de-escalation plan for lockdown.

      There will be no fixed dates for certain phases of de-escalation, but the situation will be reviewed every 2 weeks, & each new phase will last for a minimum of 2 weeks.

      The phases will be the same in every region/area/territory of Spain but will be implemented at different speeds, dependent on the evolution of the virus. If all goes to plan, the “new normality” could happen by the end of June.

      For further details, read here: https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-04-28/spanish-government-will-avoid-setting-dates-for-deescalation-measures.html

       

      APRIL 26: Spain may allow confined citizens out for walks on May 2, says Prime Minister Sánchez

      From today, rules are being relaxed allowing children under 14 to accompany a parent on a short walk.

      At an evening news conference on April 25, the prime minister stated that if contagion figures continue to go down, lockdown rules would be relaxed even further. 

      Sánchez said, “If the evolution of the pandemic keeps moving in a positive manner, starting on May 2 outings will be allowed for individual activity and for walks with the people that we live with.”

      For the full story in El Pais, click here: https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-04-25/spain-may-allow-confined-citizens-out-for-walks-on-may-2-says-pm.html

       

      APRIL 22: Congress authorises a third extension to the “state of alert”

      As expected, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez gained approval for a further extension to the lockdown period, in a bid to combat the spread of COVID-19. The special measures will remain in place until May 9. Sánchez warned that the de-escalation of coronavirus confinement measures would be “slow and gradual”, and that the “general confinement will not be lifted until we are ready.”

      Read the full story in El Pais here: https://english.elpais.com/politics/2020-04-23/spanish-pm-secures-support-to-extend-state-of-alarm-after-fierce-opposition-criticism-in-congress.html

      From Sunday 26, rules will be relaxed regarding children under 14, who will now be allowed to go shopping with their parents, and for short walks.

      For further information about the rule change regarding minors, read The Local article here: https://www.thelocal.es/20200421/what-we-know-about-spains-rules-on-children-leaving-the-house-during-lockdown

       

      APRIL 15: Congress reserves April 22 for a possible further extension of the state of alert

      The Council of Ministers will discuss the possibility of a further extension of the lockdown period when they meet next week. Any proposal put forward for a further 2 weeks would then need approval by parliament and would extend the lockdown until May 10.

      For the full story (in Spanish) from La Vanguardia, click here: https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20200414/48510213795/coronavuros-prorroga-estado-alarma-11-mayo.html

       

      APRIL 13: Some lockdown restrictions lifted

      Spain’s non-essential workers, in sectors such as construction and industry, return to work, restoring the level of lockdown to the earlier level of the first 2 weeks. Strict measures are still in place for the vast majority.

       

      APRIL 10: Congress backs PM’s request to extend state of alarm in Spain until April 26, with a further 15 days likely

      “Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez secured approval from the Congress of Deputies on Thursday for his decision to extend the state of alarm in Spain and current confinement measures until April 26. The move, which will keep residents of Spain mostly locked down in their homes for an additional two weeks from the previous deadline of April 12, is aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

      For the full story from El Pais, click here: https://english.elpais.com/politics/2020-04-10/congress-backs-pms-request-to-extend-confinement-measures-in-spain-until-april-26-with-a-further-15-days-likely.html

      We will endeavour to keep everyone updated with the latest information regarding the rules of lockdown. Please check back regularly for further information & advice.

      We have also provided advice and suggestions on how to stay safe, healthy, physically and mentally, and how to keep yourself busy and entertain the family during this time of crisis. For more information and useful links, click right

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      USEFUL LINKS:

      Worldometers monitor the number of cases & death tolls, by country: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

      Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME) COVID-19 death toll projections for Spain: https://covid19.healthdata.org/spain

      For updates about the lockdown rules – Boletín Oficial del Estado: https://www.boe.es/index.php?lang=en

      The Spanish government website has all the latest news from Spain, in English: https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/lang/en/Paginas/index.aspx

      N322 Road Safety Association has a wealth of information about lockdown measures on their Facebook page:
      https://www.facebook.com/DrivingSpain/

      European Commission coronavirus home page: https://ec.europa.eu/health/coronavirus_en

      WHO specific information on Spain: http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/spain

      WHO specific information on UK: http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland

      Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs & Social Welfare: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/home.htm

      Spanish Ministry of the Environment: https://www.miteco.gob.es/es/ministerio/medidas-covid19/

      UK Foreign Office travel advice for Spain: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

      Brits in Spain (British Embassy in Madrid) Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BritsInSpain/

      Brits in Spain website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain#coronavirus

      Check back frequently for updates on the latest lockdown measures, as new material will be added regularly. Thanks!