Spain could face new national summer restrictions including a 2am nightlife lockdown

The first night after the curfew was lifted on 9 May.
The first night after the curfew was lifted on 9 May. / SUR
  • The proposal is one of several tabled by the country's Ministry of Health, but several regions have already said they will not support it

The Ministry of Health in Spain is working to try to achieve a summer with standard restrictions on nightlife and mass events throughout the country.

After failing, last April, to win approval for a common protocol due to the refusal of the regions to debate it, the department headed by Carolina Darias this Tuesday, 1 June, will submit new proposals to the national Public Health Commission.

The Ministry of Health proposes a summer with fewer restrictions than those of 2020, but still far from the 'old normal' that the department believes cannot be returned to until herd immunity is achieved, with 70 per cent of the population fully vaccinated, something that will only happen in the second half of August.

The department proposes that terraces can be occupied at 100 per cent of their capacity as long as 1.5 metres can be maintained between the chairs of different tables.

The limit on groups outside would remain at 10 people and only six people inside hospitality establishments. The capacity inside the entertainment venues can not exceed 50 per cent although bars and restaurants will be able to increase this by 10 per cent with additional "risk control" measures.

The department also wants to lockdown nightlife in the middle of summer at 2am in the morning, a proposal that several regions have already said they are not willing to support.

Another Health proposal is to allow the opening of mass events for up to 5,000 people, but this would depend on the cumulative incidence rate in each area, and masks would be mandatory.

At health alert level 1, you would be able to hold events with up 5,000 people in the open air.

At level 2, only crowds of up to 2,500 would be allowed, while at higher levels of incidence (from 150) these major events would be banned.

Other parameters including the seven-day incidence rate and the percentage of positive tests out of the total number performed would also be taken into account - above four per cent in that area would be considered worrying.