These are the two basic Covid control measures people in Spain regularly break

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A survey carried out by a Spanish consumer association has highlighted that there are some coronavirus protection measures that are respected more than others but there are two, in particular, that people said they regularly don’t comply with.

The Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU) found that half of those surveyed never, or almost never, maintain a social distance of two metres during a meeting, and only a quarter always respect it.

Another restriction designed to prevent the spread of the virus that is regularly broken relates to meetings in private homes with people you don’t live with. In most of the regions a maximum number of six people is allowed but the OCU report indicates that half of the respondents acknowledged having broken the rule and seven per cent said they did not respect it.

The OCU warns - and many experts have also pointed out – that one of the main reasons that has led to the increase in Covid infections during the various waves of the pandemic have been meetings in private spaces where, in addition, other measures, such the use of the face mask or social distancing, are often relaxed.

On the other hand, there are restrictions that the survey participants do believe are being met. They relate to the opening and closing times of the hospitality trade, as well as the curfew.

Almost 9 out of 10 people questioned consider that in the area they live the opening hours of bars and restaurants are always respected (49 per cent) or almost always (39 per cent).

Some 84 per cent think that the night curfew is always or almost always respected; and when they are asked directly if they comply, the OCU says that 78 per cent of those surveyed said they always do, and almost always, 18 per cent.

Regarding capacity controls in the hospitality sector, both indoors and on terraces, more than 60 per cent think that the measures are always respected although there are around 12 per cent say it doesn’t happen.

The OCU survey took place during the last week of March.