Central government and regions agree to close nightclubs

Salvador Illa on Friday.
Salvador Illa on Friday. / EFE
  • Health Minister Salvador Illa met with regional authorities on Friday to discuss further measures to stop the spread of Covid-19, including a ban on smoking in outdoor public spaces

Spain's Health Minister Salvador Illa has proposed that the country's regional governments close down all nightclubs and disco-bars.

The measures were agreed at Friday's interterritorial health system meeting to analyse the pandemic figures in Spain and reach a consensus on restrictions introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19, which are now the responsibility of the regional authorities.

Nightlife has become one of the main concerns of the health authorities trying to control the pandemic. In Las Palmas (Canaries), for example, 60 new cases were linked to two nightclubs this week.

Other measures agreed between Illa and regions on Friday are for bars and restaurants to be obliged to guarantee a minimum distance of one and a half metres between tables, with groups restricted to a maximum of ten people. Establishments should not admit new customers after midnight and put the shutters down at 1am.

Illa also encouraged regional presidents to copy the steps taken by the Galicia and Canary governments to ban smoking in the street and outdoor areas such as bar terraces, when the minimum distance cannot be guaranteed.