The restrictions that prevailed before the declaration of the last state of alarm, such as limiting hours to hotels and commercial establishments, the closure of nightlife or the prohibition of smoking in the street without a safety distance should be maintained after May 9 , when the alarm state is expected to decline .
On May 9, predictably, the state of alarm will decline and the restrictions in force until now will disappear. Faced with this scenario, the autonomous communities are rushing in the last days to define how to face the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic during this new stage and what limitations to impose.
The perimeter closures, the curfew or the allowed capacity in shops and restaurants focus the concerns of the regions, which have already begun to outline how to face this period.
End of the state of alarm: will I be able to travel next week without restrictions to any other Autonomous Community?
This was explained this Wednesday by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, at the end of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System, in which she insisted that the state of alarm, as it appears regulated in the Spanish Constitution, is planned “for exceptional situations, not so that it remains sine die in time . ”
The Government understands that the communities have tools in ordinary legislation to contain the virus, to which is added the royal decree approved by the Council of Ministers, which allows them to appeal in cassation to the Supreme Court the resolutions of the higher courts of justice .
However, the Supreme Technical Cabinet has issued a report this Thursday in which it questions the viability of the government decree , questions its constitutionality and criticizes the tight deadlines and the work overload.
This is what the autonomies have announced for after May 9 :
The Xunta de Galicia has decided not to resort to the courts to maintain the curfew and the perimeter closure, which have said goodbye since Sunday. Meanwhile, the hours of bars are allowed until 11 pm and that of restaurants until 1 in the morning.
The meetings will have a maximum of four people in closed spaces and six in the open air , whether for public or private use, except for those who cohabit. In addition, non-cohabitating meetings are prohibited between 01.00 and 06.00, both indoors and outdoors.
The perimeter closure will be applied in the municipalities of Cambados and Vilanova de Arousa (Pontevedra), Cualedro and Laza (Ourense) and Padrón (A Coruña).
The Andalusian Government has decided that the autonomous community will no longer have a curfew as of this Sunday and will allow the opening of the hospitality sector until 00.00 hours and the reopening of nightlife, such as pubs and discos, until 2.00 hours .
The President of the Board, Juanma Moreno, has detailed that the Andalusian Government, with the advice of experts, has proposed a de-escalation in three phases: Phase 1, Stabilization (May 9-31); Phase 2, Advancement (June 1-21), and Phase 3, Normalization (June 21 onwards).
The perimeter closure is lifted although the Government will decide, for which judicial ratification will be requested, the closure of municipalities with a cumulative incidence of more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days.
As confirmed by the Minister of Justice and Interor, Enrique López, and the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, with the end of the state of alarm this Sunday the ban on meeting with non-partners at home will be lifted , although it is recommended not to do so .
Yes, the current strategy of confinements by basic health areas will be maintained , although without a curfew and extending the hours in hospitality establishments until midnight.
The hours of bars and restaurants will be from 6 in the morning to 12 at night , with 11 at night as the limit for admitting new customers. In addition, the hospitality industry will have a capacity of 50% indoors and 75% outdoors ; a maximum of four diners per table indoors and six on the terraces and the prohibition of bar consumption is maintained.
Other types of establishments, such as shopping centers, will have different standards. Thus, the latter will have a capacity limitation of 75% and an opening time between six in the morning and eleven at night. For their part, theaters, auditoriums and cinemas may close at midnight, and the entrances must always have assigned seats and free spaces between them. Finally, the sports venues may open between six in the morning and eleven at night, with a capacity limited to 50% indoors.
Castilla la Mancha
Castilla-La Mancha will lift the curfew and the perimeter closure when the state of alarm ends on May 9, has announced the regional president, Emiliano García-Page, who has explained that this Saturday the community will take measures to continue fighting against the coronavirus but that they will have to be “infinitely more relaxed.”
Castile and Leon
Castilla y León sets the closing time of the hotel industry at 00.00 hours after the end of the state of alarm on May 9, a date from which the curfew and perimeter confinement of the community are eliminated, where The traffic light agreed upon in the Interterritorial Health Council will be respected and the interior of bars in towns with incidents of more than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants will be closed.
This has been advanced by the vice president and spokesman of the Board, Francisco Igea, who has defended in the press conference after the Governing Council that there is no “legal certainty” to maintain measures such as the curfew after the State of Alarm.
The Superior Court of Justice of the Valencian Community (TSJCV) has endorsed this Friday the proposal of the Generalitat that, as of Sunday, a curfew be applied between midnight and 6 in the morning, and that social meetings are of a maximum of ten people.
The Fourth Section of the Contentious-Administrative Chamber has also ratified the limitation to 75% of the capacity in places of worship, considering that they are “suitable, necessary and proportionate measures” to stop the transmission of the virus.
The magistrates have limited the validity of these restrictions to the period between May 9 and 24 – not until May 30, as requested by the Generalitat – and they establish that the evolution of the pandemic and the rate of vaccination will determine ” the need -or not- of its extension or the adoption by the competent authority of measures of greater laxity in the affectation of fundamental rights “.
La Rioja will lift next Sunday, May 9, the perimeter closure of the autonomous community and the curfew and will implement a new “traffic light” with indicators to impose, if necessary, different restrictions .
This was explained by the president of the regional government, Concha Andreu, who pointed out that the state of alarm “has been a legal umbrella” and now they must “anticipate.” For this, “a system based on markers is adopted”, especially the incidence at 14 and 7 days.
The hotel industry must close at 00.00 hours and the capacity allowed in the establishments will depend on the level of risk in force in each municipality.
Catalonia has also spoken in this regard , where the perimeter closure of the community and the night curfew will come to an end when the state of alarm declines. Thus, there will be free mobility within and outside the limits of the region, and also at night.
With the endorsement of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), the Government maintains the limitation of 6 people in social gatherings , indoors and outdoors, unless they are living together. In commerce, the capacity for all types of establishments is 30%. This same figure can accommodate the interior of the restaurants, while on the terraces it is enough to maintain the safety distance of two meters.
Against the decision taken in the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community, the Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country (TSJPV) has expressed its opposition to maintaining the night curfew , the perimeter closures of Euskadi and the municipalities and the limitation of the number of people who can meet as of Sunday, when the state of alarm ends.
The Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the high court has thus ruled in an order on the draft decree in which the Basque Government maintains, as measures to combat COVID-19, the curfew and the perimeter closure of Euskadi and of the Basque municipalities with a high incidence in relation to the pandemic.
However, the Basque Government may appeal in cassation before the Supreme Court the alleged violation of fundamental rights, in accordance with the new royal decree-law approved by the last Council of Ministers
The autonomous community of Extremadura will allow, once the state of alarm declines on May 9 and while it is at alert level 1, a capacity of 50% inside the hotel and catering establishments, with tables for up to 6 people, and 85% on the terraces, with tables for ten people. In shops, this figure will be 75%.
The perimeter closure of the autonomous community of Extremadura ends at 00:00 this Friday, May 7. The curfew, which this weekend is delayed until midnight, will decline on Sunday with the state of alarm.
Navarra is also waiting for the TSJN to authorize the maintenance of the curfew, between 23:00 and 6:00. Meanwhile, the Government will make the measures to deal with covid-19 more flexible as of May 9, once the state of alarm subsides.
Specifically, among the novelties regarding the current measures, the perimeter closure of the Foral Community is lifted, it is recommended to limit the meetings in the homes to a maximum of six people from two cohabiting units, except cohabiting, and it is allowed to extend to the 22 hours the hours of the terraces in hospitality.
President María Chivite has said that the interior of the hotel business can be opened with controlled capacity before the end of May.
The Government of Aragon has announced that as of May 9, the community will remain open and without a curfew, but it will maintain the perimeter confinements that are currently in force.
In the coming days they do not plan to adopt measures in the city of Zaragoza, they have affirmed during a press conference offered by the Minister of Health, Sira Repollés, and the Minister of Presidency and Institutional Relations, Mayte Pérez. However, they are studying and evaluating other areas of special incidence.
The closure of non-essential activity is maintained from 10 pm and the current capacity throughout Aragon: will be 100% outside and a maximum of six people per table and 50% inside and a maximum of four people. These figures drop in confined areas, as well as closing time.
The President of the Government of Asturias, Adrián Barbón, announced this week that hospitality establishments will be able to provide service indoors until 11.00 p.m. from Friday, May 7, and serve six people per table, both in premises and on terraces. Two days later, on Sunday, once the alarm state has ended, the hours of operation will be extended until one in the morning .
The Principality has updated its 4+ intervention model for the containment of the pandemic to adjust it to the new legal reality that implies the end of the state of alarm and, therefore, an end to the curfew and the perimeter closure of the autonomous community .
Starting next Sunday, the municipalities will be divided into two groups based on their population for the application of the 4+ model: those with more than 10,000 inhabitants and the rest. In exceptional situations, the Principality will request authorization from the Superior Court of Justice of Asturias (TSJA) to limit mobility or order selective perimeter closures of towns or municipalities.
The Ministry of Health has published in an extraordinary Official Gazette of Cantabria (BOC) the resolution that requires the closure of establishments at 10:30 p.m. beyond the state of alarm. Thus, establishments will not be able to admit new customers after 10 pm. As of Sunday, the curfew and the perimeter closure decline.
The Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of the Balearic Islands has authorized the sanitary measures agreed by the Balearic Government after the lifting of the state of alarm, among which is to extend until May 23 the curfew from 23 to 6.00 hours.
The magistrates have adopted this decision with the vote of three magistrates in favor and two against. With this decision, the TSJIB authorizes the maintenance of the four measures approved by the Balearic Government: the curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. , national passenger controls in ports and airports on the islands, limiting the number of people in social and family gatherings in private homes and restrict capacity in places of worship .
The Minister of Health of the Government of Ceuta, Alberto Gaitán (PP), has requested authorization from the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia (TSJA) to keep non-essential economic activity closed from midnight as of this Sunday, when the state of alarm will decline .
In addition, the regional Executive plans to expand from four to six the number of non-cohabitants who may meet in public or private spaces, set the maximum capacity of hotel establishments at 30% indoors and 75% on terraces.
The Government of Melilla announced this Thursday that it will not request the maintenance of the curfew at 10 p.m. in force since October or the travel ban as of this Sunday, but it does intend to maintain the limitation of meetings, private and public, to a maximum of six people (currently there are four) and also the restriction in the hours in hospitality and commerce and capacity in religious centers.
The Government of the Canary Islands will maintain the curfew , control in ports and airports and the rest of the measures that are in force on each island according to the level of alert in which they are once the state of alarm ends this Sunday.
This was announced by the regional president, Ángel Víctor Torres, during the press conference that took place after the Governing Council that addressed the measures to be adopted in the islands after the end of the state of alarm. “We approve that things remain as they are so that they continue as they have been up to now, for the better,” he said.
Now, it must be the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands who ratifies or not these measures.
As of next Sunday, the perimeter closure of the autonomous community declines , as the regional government considers that it would not be ratified by the Supreme Court due to the low incidence of COVID.
With regard to confinements by municipalities, this measure will be applied in those that exceed 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and in those that register an 80% increase in incidence compared to the previous week.
Starting next Sunday, the curfew will become a night time limitation (from midnight to 6 am) on non-essential activities .
Meetings are limited to 6 people and in private spaces it is recommended to avoid meetings of more than one coexistence unit. The catering and hospitality service, when it takes place in outdoor terraces, may have the maximum capacity of tables allowed, while indoors it may occupy 30%.