Spain's night curfew starts at 11pm tonight, Sunday

Malaga city centre just before 11pm on Sunday.
Malaga city centre just before 11pm on Sunday. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • Movement between 11pm and 6am is limited to specific exceptions; the curfew will be in force until 9 November

The nationwide curfew announced this Sunday with the declaration of a new state of alarm in Spain to curb the spread of Covid-19 comes into force tonight (Sunday 25 October) at 11pm.

Movement allowed outside homes betwenen then at 6am is limited to a few specific exceptions. The curfew applies to the whole of Spain, except for the Canary Islands.

Regional authorities have been given the option to vary the start and end times of the night curfew by one hour.

Bar and restaurant owners in Malaga have already called for the Junta de Andalucía to put back the curfew time to midnight.

The measure will be in force until 9 November.

According to the regulations published in the BOE (official state gazette) on Sunday evening, the general public can only go out during the seven hours of curfew for the following reasons:

a) To buy medication, health products and other essential goods.

b) To attend health centres, hospitals and other healthcare services.

c) To seek emergency veterinary attention.

d) To go to work and meet professional, business, insititutional or legal obligations.

e) To return home after carrying out any of the permitted activities.

f) To assist or care for the elderly, children, people with disabilities, or those especially vulnerable.

g) In the case of a situation of necessity or force majeure.

h) Any other activity of a similiar nature properly accredited.

i) To refuel in service stations when needed to carry out the aforementioned activities.

The BOE also stated that the corresponding authority can, additionally, prevent people entering and leaving specific areas within a region, with the same exceptions applying.