Strict corona measures in some regions

by Lorraine Williamson
strict corona measures

MADRID – Not all regional authorities in Spain have introduced strict corona measures after the arrival of the omicron variant. Madrid, the two Castiles and Extremadura, for example, choose to continue on the current footing. 

The regional authorities of Catalonia, Asturias, Navarra, and Aragón, on the other hand, have opted for strict corona measures. Furthermore, now they have the strictest corona policy in Spain. Furthermore, with new year celebrations looming, all regions are looking at how they can reverse the new infection peak. Below is an up-to-date overview of the measures per region. 


In Andalucia, a corona pass or negative test result must be presented for access to indoor areas of the catering industry, other recreational facilities, hospitals, and care homes. It is recommended that no more than two households eat together. And that not too many people gather at the Epiphany Parade or at the turn of the year. Furthermore, for restaurants, a maximum group size per table of ten people applies. 


For groups of 10 people or more, the catering industry in Aragón is only accessible with a corona pass. It must also be displayed for access to nightlife, arcades, hospitals, and major events with 500 visitors indoors or 1,000 outdoors. All catering establishments must close their doors at midnight, clubs and discotheques must close at 2.00 am. 


In Asturias, a corona pass is required for visits to an intramural care institution, cultural institutions, sports accommodations and restaurants. Clubs and discos remain closed, bars and restaurants must close by 1.00 am at the latest. 

Balearic Islands 

A corona pass is required to access bars and restaurants that can accommodate more than 50 guests. This also applies to all celebrations where more than 50 people gather. Healthcare workers must take a PCR test three times a week. The Balearic Board wants to introduce the corona pass for all catering establishments, regardless of the number of guests. 

Canary Islands 

In the Canary Islands, leisure operators can decide for themselves whether or not they make the corona pass mandatory. 


The Cantabrian Regional Council has made the corona pass mandatory for access to the catering industry and nightlife, cultural institutions such as theaters and cinemas, and all other (sports) events where many people come together. Nightlife remains dense in municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants and other municipalities with a high incidence. 

Castile and Leon 

As mentioned, there are no new restrictions in Castile and León, but the regional government has advised its residents to limit the number of participants in social meetings as much as possible. 

Castile La Mancha 

There are no additional restrictions in Castile La Mancha. 


In Catalonia, a curfew is in effect between 1.00 am and 6.00 am.  The nightlife is closed and in the other sectors, a maximum visitor capacity of 70% applies, the maximum group size is ten people. A corona pass must be presented for access to the catering industry, gyms, and care homes.  Catalonia has one of the most strict corona measures.

Basque Country 

The corona pass must be displayed in the Basque Country when visiting hospitals, care homes, the catering industry, concert halls, and other musical and cultural events that take place in indoor spaces. The same goes for all gyms. They were asked to spend the holidays with as few people as possible and to vary the company as little as possible. 


No stricter measures have been introduced in Extramadura, but people are asked to share a table with no more than 10 people and as few different households as possible. 


In Galicia, the corona pass is mandatory for access to the catering industry, nightlife, tourist accommodations, and all healthcare institutions. Standing receptions are also prohibited and a maximum of 8 people are allowed to share a table in restaurants, 15 outside. 

La Rioja 

In La Rioja, anyone aged 12 or older must present a corona pass for access to catering establishments with more than 50 guests, banquet halls, care homes, and at outdoor events where more than 1,000 people come and where food and drinks are allowed. 


There are no additional measures in Madrid during the festive period.  


In Murcia, all non-essential activities must cease from 1.00 am. In the catering industry, a maximum of ten people are allowed to share a table, on the terrace, there are 12. Until the closure at 1.00 am, dancing is not allowed in clubs and discos and no refreshments are allowed at the bar. The corona pass is mandatory for access to clubs and discotheques; for bars and restaurants, this is optional. Residents are asked not to gather too many people on the street. 


In Navarra, only people with a corona pass are allowed to use discotheques and restaurants with a capacity of more than 60 guests. The same applies to indoor spaces of cultural institutions, care homes, hotels, and gyms. Furthermore, all facilities must close between 1.00 am and 6.00 am. You are asked to eat together with a maximum of 10 people or a maximum of two households or to celebrate the New Year. 


In the Valencian Community, the corona pass is mandatory for access to all catering and leisure establishments, regardless of the number of visitors. This also applies to all celebrations with more than 500 people, access to hospitals, other healthcare institutions, cinemas, gyms, and all other places where food and drinks are served. 

Ceuta and Melilla 

In the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, the corona pass is mandatory for anyone aged 12 or older who wants to use catering establishments with a capacity of 50 guests or more. This also applies to clubs and discotheques and all intramural care institutions. 

In Melilla, the corona pass is mandatory in all catering establishments, regardless of the number of guests. Here too, a valid corona pass must be shown for a visit to someone in a care institution or prison. 


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