The news of the state of alarm: night curfew and allowed to prohibit trips to communities | Politics

The Government has approved in the extraordinary Council of Ministers a new state of alarm for all of Spain with the intention of extending it for six months, until April. According to executive sources, some ministers want to extend the state of alarm until spring so as not to have to go repeatedly to Congress. Although for now, the decree will be in force for 15 days. The Government has already published the BOE declaring the state of alarm to contain the spread of COVID

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The novelty that has been applied since the publication of the BOE declaring the state of alarm as of this afternoon [consulte el documento completo] it is a Night curfew from 11:00 pm to 06:00 am throughout the country, except the Canary Islands. However, autonomy is given margin to advance or delay it one hour.

Otherwise, the decision to restrict social or family gatherings is left to the regional executives, prior communication to the Ministry of Health, and ban travel to other communities, except for justified reasons. They will also be allowed to choose whether to apply a limitation of six people in social or family gatherings, except cohabitants.


The movement of people is prohibited from 23:00 to 6:00 And it will only be possible to circulate in those hours for justified reasons such as: returning home, caring for the elderly, going to health centers and provision of medicines, or work reasons.

The regional authorities will be able to modulate the schedules, advancing or delaying the curfew so that it enters into force at 10:00 p.m. or 12:00 a.m., until 7:00 a.m. or 5:00 a.m. It will be applied throughout the country, with the exception of the Canary Islands due to the good epidemiological evolution.


The autonomous communities may limit the entry and exit of the entire territory, as well as apply perimeter confinements by areas. Although it will be possible to leave the confined place for justified reasons such as: care for the elderly, assistance to health centers, education or work.

However, citizens are recommended to limit contacts and avoid unnecessary travel to stop the possibilities of contagion and transmission of the virus.


Likewise, regional authorities may limit the number of people to 6 in social or family gatherings, except cohabitants. This measure is already in force in much of the national territory.

“Nor there is general confinement in this state of alarm, but the more we stay at home and the less we go out, the more we protect our loved ones. The fewer contacts, the less chance the virus will have of spreading. Therefore, let’s stay at home “, stressed the Prime Minister.

Alert levels

This state of alarm will not be as harsh as that of March, as home confinement was not established. However, it includes a series of measures that were established in the Interterritorial Council with common criteria in coherence with the early response plan for the transmission of the virus. The measures will be applied according to the four levels of risk in each territory: low, medium, high or extreme.

At the low level, measures are set for territories with an incidence of less than 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The medium risk level places an incidence above 25 cases, between 150 and higher per 100,000 inhabitants is considered high risk, and if the incidence exceeds 250 cases, it is considered extreme risk.

At each alert level, more or less strict measures are proposed to be established in the evaluated territorial unit, especially those referring to distancing measures and hygiene and prevention measures. This proposal of actions follows technical criteria and takes as indicators the evaluation of the level of transmission, the evaluation of the capacity for early diagnosis of cases, the level of severity, the transmission control and the state of the social health centers.