2021-09-19 15:29:38 Madrid to Remove Most of its Restrictions on Monday

Madrid to Remove Most of its Restrictions on Monday

Madrid will lift the majority of its pandemic restrictions on Monday, as part of a general relaxation of Spain’s lockdown rules following the country’s coronavirus infection rate dropping to its lowest level in more than a year.

Restaurants and bars in Spain’s capital region will be allowed to stay open as late as their licenses allow, while shopping malls, cinemas, and theaters will no longer be required to set capacity limits. Only a few restrictions will remain in Madrid, including party-size limits at restaurants (up from eight to ten per outdoor table) and a 75 percent capacity limit at nightclubs.

Spain’s 14-day infection rate fell below 100 registered cases per 100,000 inhabitants this week, the lowest since August 2020. The most recent data comes after the infection rate nearly reached 700 in July before dropping to 400 last month.

Most experts attribute the improvement to the accelerated vaccination campaign in Spain, which enabled the government to meet its goal of fully vaccinating 70% of the country’s population by the end of August. As of Friday, 35.8 million residents, or more than 75% of the population, had received full vaccinations, making Spain one of the most vaccinated countries in Europe.

Tourism in Spain, which has had only limited travel restrictions this summer, is expected to increase as a result of London’s decision this week to stop requiring vaccinated visitors to test for Covid-19 before returning to the UK. The change, which takes effect on October 4, also benefits some other European countries that rely heavily on British tourists, such as Portugal, France, and Italy.

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Madrid to Remove Most of its Restrictions on Monday