This Easter, Spain will be closed to the movement of its citizens between different communities but will be open to the arrival of tourists from other EU countries, except from the United Kingdom due to restrictions against the British variant of the coronavirus.
This is the outlook for the first holidays of the year that has been left by the agreement that the Interterritorial Health Council has ratified this Wednesday for Easter. The Government and communities have agreed that the perimeter closure of all communities between March 26 and April 9, which will be advanced with a prior closure, between March 17 and 21, in communities where March 19 is a holiday, to also avoid movements on the San José bridge.
As expected, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands are outside the movement restriction and will have their territories open, but only for international arrivals . As explained by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, at the end of the Interterritorial, the agreement specifies that in both archipelagos entries will be allowed but “not for reasons of national tourism . ”
“We have put in relation to the decree of a state of alarm so that there would be no doubt that national tourism is not possible,” he elaborated on one of the points of the agreement.
On the contrary, at Easter the possibility will remain that, as is the case now, citizens from other EU countries may come to Spain, also for tourism. For this they will have to comply with the obligation to show a negative PCR carried out at most 72 hours before or add an antigen at the arrival airport for “suspect” countries.
If they do, they will be able to arrive in Spain from other countries with the sole restriction that they will not be able to leave the community in which they have landed. Thus, they will be subject to perimeter closures, but, unlike, for example, an inhabitant of the center of the Peninsula, they will be able to go to the beach.
The perimeter closure is part of the broader agreement that was reached yesterday on Easter and that, unlike what happened at Christmas, will be applied equally in all communities.
The night call will begin at 11 pm at the latest , meetings between non-cohabitants in homes will be prohibited and meetings in interior places of a public nature will be of up to four people. There will be six if it is an outdoor terrace.
On the other hand, the agreement “recommends” not to authorize “massive” events or those that may cause “crowds”, for example, such as processions , and that the communities do not relax the restrictions that they have taken two weeks before Easter.
Madrid will not comply
Madrid was the only community that voted against it , while Catalonia’s vote was counted as an abstention given that the minister , Alba Vergès , was absent at that time. Madrid is totally opposed to the perimeter closure and Catalonia had unsuccessfully asked to allow trips between communities to visit relatives.
Simultaneously to the press conference in which Darias gave an account of the agreement, the Madrid councilor, Enrique Ruiz Escudero , stated in another press conference that the Community would not abide by the agreement of the Interterritorial Council, considering that the state of alarm In force, powers are given to the president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso .
“The legislation today, for which we do not govern, is through the Royal Decree of the state of alarm where it makes it very clear what the powers are when making decisions”, Escudero stressed, who recalled that ” who has the competence in this case is the president of the Community “.
In response, Darias has warned that what was agreed yesterday is “mandatory” for all communities. “De ‘iure'” because there will be a Ministerial Order and ‘de facto’ because “” the rest of the communities will be closed.