Spain has been gradually easing restrictions following a difficult battle with coronavirus. The country was originally one of the worst hit in Europe, and other countries looked on in horror as the situation quickly grew catastrophic. However the country is now largely on the mend, and given that some 400,000 British people have homes in the popular Mediterranean country, travel to the country is now permitted again.
Is Spain in lockdown?
Spain has been forced to impose a second local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases.
Residents of La Marina will be forced to stay put from midnight on Sunday until Friday after a spike in coronavirus cases in the area, located in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain.
The biggest outbreaks were linked to several bars in the area, regional health minister Jesus Vazquez Almuina said on Sunday.
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People will be allowed to move around La Marina, in the province of Lugo, but the only people allowed to enter or leave will be those who need to travel for work.
Those in the area will still be able to move around freely, and facilities such as restaurants can remain open in a limited capacity.
Face masks will also be mandatory at all times, and the lockdowns are being enforced by police road blocks, Spanish media reports.
Coronavirus cases in Galicia have risen to 258, regional health authorities have said, of which 117 were in Lugo.
Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, speaking at a political rally ahead of regional elections in Bilbao on Sunday, urged people not to lower their guard and to stay calm.
He said “the early detection of these outbreaks shows the health system is much better prepared”.
On Saturday, similar measures were imposed on some 200,000 people in Catalonia, specifically in the county of Segria, which includes the city of Lleida, which is in the northeastern part of the country.
Catalonia has been one of the worst hit regions of Spain throughout the crisis.
Spain was subject to one of the toughest lockdowns seen in Europe, with residents unable to leave their homes for any other reason than food and medicine shopping for months on end.
Spain’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 28,322 – the third-highest in the EU.
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Can I still travel to Spain?
In anticipation of the usual summer holiday traffic, Spain has recently reopened its borders to hopeful holidaymakers from across the EU.
Travel to Spain is still permitted despite the local lockdowns, however if you are due to fly to an affected area you should check with your airline or travel agent whether travel plans are still going ahead.
Travelling abroad safely is much the same as staying safe here at home – social distancing rules remain in place and keeping stringent hand washing measures is very important.
In Spain people have to stay 1.5m (5ft) apart in public, wear masks in shops and on public transport, where that rule cannot always be kept, and clean their hands frequently.
“We must remain on our guard and strictly follow hygiene and protection measures,” said Mr Sánchez.
He warned of the risk of a second coronavirus wave, “which must be avoided at all costs”.
Spain’s land border with Portugal remains shut until 1 July, at Portugal’s request.
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