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Night 'curfew' only compulsory for two weeks and most coastal provinces remain restriction-free
27 October 2020 @ 19:35

SPAIN'S government has U-turned on the nationwide curfew and announced it will only be enforced until Sunday, November 8 inclusive – after which it will be up to regional authorities to decide whether to prolong it.

From Sunday (October 25), when another 'state of alarm' was declared, the whole country – except the Canary Islands – was ordered to restrict movement overnight, but given some freedom as to the exact hours.

The 'core' times during which nobody is allowed off their home premises except for medical or care issues or emergencies are 23.00 to 06.00, but regional governments are permitted to move both boundaries an hour in either direction.

Some of the worst-affected parts of Spain, such as Aragón, the Basque Country, La Rioja, Navarra and Catalunya are likely to stretch the curfew hours out – possibly to the extreme of from 22.00 to 07.00 – although others with far better epidemiological data are expected to stick to the minimum allowed, from midnight to 05.00.

Madrid, although one of the hardest-hit areas – and having already banned residents from leaving 32 suburbs, neighbourhoods and towns – has set its overnight lock-up between midnight and 06.00 and has not yet decided whether to prevent travel into or out of the region.

Most coastal provinces continue to be free from fresh restrictions other than a ban on overnight movement for the next two weeks.



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