Spain lets loose as COVID curfew and travel ban are lifted | DW News

Spain was one of Europe’s worst-hit countries from the coronavirus. But now it’s ended its national state of emergency – in place since last October. A nighttime curfew has been lifted and domestic travel is permitted again. But each region is still free to impose its own containment measures. Critics say the new policy will lead to confusion and a possible new surge in cases.
Madrid has been yearning for this moment: At the stroke of midnight – freedom at last.
Euphoric revelers packed into Puerta del Sol square — to sing, dance, beat drums, and drink with their friends.
There were similar scenes across the country, like in Barcelona, where pandemic-weary crowds kicked up their heels in the city center.
The emergency decree gave regional authorities a legal framework to enforce nighttime curfews and travel bans.
Now for the first time since October, people can move freely between regions. Restaurants can serve tables again. Along with bars, they are allowed to remain open into the night.
Spain’s vaccination drive is picking up pace and the infection rate has stabilized. Some worry that a domestic travel surge and increased socializing will lead to new outbreaks. But experts say the combined effect of past infections, restrictions and vaccinations all served to turn what could have been Spain’s fourth wave into nothing more than a ripple.

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20 comments

  1. Party now…get sick and die later🤦🤦 people…have some pity to medical frontliners.,please 🙏🙏🙏Pandemic isnt done yet.

  2. I will come back here to remind what a big mistake it is to gather like that. Get ready for the next wave Spain. We haven’t learnt anything!

  3. CORONA : “Let’s relocate outself with Our new offspring Mutant version V.4.01 … and take a trial in Spain 🇪🇸”

  4. Humans never learn.. biggest lesson Indian crisis gave is that never celebrate victory untill the war is over… India was laughing on wave 1 as our immunity was strong against that virus… Where as entire world was in distress.. India never imagined wave 2 would be so deadly and dropped our guards and now see even the young and healthy population couldn’t win over it… And now here the story goes on

  5. Oh my. Being locked up for a long time really does something to your mental health, and after a while people don’t think rationally. I really hope, for their sake, things don’t turn for the worse after two weeks.

  6. Please don’t do that this kind of foolish gathering 🙏 in India I can’t explain the situation in word 😢

  7. These Spanish people are asking for it. Just like in India’s celebration. Trust me it will happen again in Spain. Mutant variant are just around the corner. Enjoy while you can . They forgot social distancing and not wearing mask. Have more fun. Fun .

  8. This is basically how all of us Indians were.. back in December, January & February… progressively getting more & more relaxed since November last year.. leading upto the explosion of cases from mid March all the way to April & now reaching peaks in May