Although we published an article on this yesterday evening, it is worth going over the points agreed between the regions of Spain again.
1) Although the curfew doesn’t come into effect until 01.30h on Christmas and New Year’s Eve; the morning of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, it is only to give people time to get back home. It does not cover going out in general, therefore if you are stopped out and about after 22.30h on those two nights rather than in a dwelling where there is a family get together, you will have problems.
2) There will be no Cotillones; i.e. pre-arranged,New Year parties held in restaurants, etc.
3) The only inter-regional travel permitted this Christmas will be to visit close relatives or family on these two special Christmas occasions. Other than that, you cannot cross a regional border. These Christmas arrangements do not affect municipal restrictions that are in force at the moment.
4) The agreement completely forbids the crossing of regional borders for reasons of tourism or leisure, as well as the occupation of second homes (holiday homes) or trips to the mountains or coast.
However, what the document does not mention – nor did the Spanish Health Minister answer when questioned – was how are the police expected to distinguish between people crossing the boarders to visit relatives for Christmas from those heading to the coast or mountains to take up residence in their holiday homes.
5) The maximum number of people that can attend a family-Christmas event is ten, including children, unless more than 10 already live together. It is recommended that only two ‘bubbles’ can mix, although three is not forbidden. In other words: grandparents, two offspring and their spouses and children to a max of 10 is not expressly forbidden (three ‘bubbles’ although not recommended).
Again, nobody has explained how the police can control who is in every house, in other words, a restriction that it is impossible to control.
6) High-school pupils and university students not living at home come under a special category as a closer eye has been kept on them, because they have been accused of spreading the virus through thoughtless behaviour. It has been recommended that they should limit their social life during at least ten days before returning home for Christmas and to avoid “interaction in enclosed spaces.”
7) All social gatherings (Christmas events) between the 23rd of December and the 6th of January are cancelled. There will be no 3-Kings parades, but the event should instead take the form of a static event; i.e., children go to visit the Kings instead of the latter touring the town. Traditional races such as the San Silvestre cross-country races will be limited in the number of participants, if not cancelled completely.
8) Religious gatherings are also affected, although no further restrictions are included other than those already in place. However, holding choir performances should not take place (Sorry Anne!): Midnight mass will not be an exception to the curfew – it is recommended that this particular service be followed on TV instead.