Curfew or COVID Passport? Check here the restrictions for New Year’s Eve in each autonomous community | Society

Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León and Extremadura are the four autonomous communities that, for the moment, have decided to rule out the application of additional restrictions due to the increase in coronavirus infections, which implies that at least 12 million Spaniards 25% of the population will experience New Year’s Eve without restrictions.

These four autonomous communities have indeed launched a series of recommendations to live these dates, but they are resisting, to this day, to apply new mandatory restrictions, as the rest of the regions have done, which have established measures that range from touch curfew or closure of the hotel business from a certain time until the introduction of the COVID passport.

In any case, these are, for the moment, the measures in each autonomous community:


The COVID passport or a negative diagnostic test is mandatory for the interior of hospitality, leisure and leisure establishments and for residences for the elderly and hospitals. It is also recommended to limit Christmas meals to a maximum of two families and leave the decision on New Year’s Eve and horseback riding in the hands of the town councils.


The COVID passport is mandatory in hospitality for celebrations of more than ten people, nightlife, game rooms, visits to hospitals, specialized social centers and in large events of more than 500 attendees in closed and 1,000 in open. The closure of the hotel and restaurant industry at 00:00 hours, except on New Year’s Eve, which may extend the closing time until 02:00 hours and the closing of nightlife establishments at 02:00 hours.


The COVID passport is mandatory for access to social health centers, cultural, sports, restaurant or leisure facilities. The interior of nightlife establishments and catering establishments are also closed at 1:00 maximum.


The COVID passport is mandatory in all catering and in activities of greater social concentration. Also for health workers or, failing that, the performance of three PCRs weekly.

Canary Islands

The COVID passport is implemented in the Canary Islands on a voluntary basis. Justice has to decide whether to endorse the curfew in all the Canary Islands for the nights of January 31 to 1 and January 5.


The COVID passport is mandatory to access the interior of the hotel industry and nightlife, cultural events such as cinema, theater and other venues for shows and mass events and sporting events, in the case of the last two it is limited to those events in which eating and drinking is allowed.

In the municipalities with the highest incidence of the virus, the most populated and all those with more than 5,000 inhabitants, you will not be able to open nightlife. In these towns the capacity for sports or cultural activities will also be reduced.

Castile and Leon

No mandatory restrictions in Castilla y León for these dates. It is recommended, of course, to limit the number of living units and people in family gatherings these days.

Castilla la Mancha

There are no additional restrictions in Castilla-La Mancha for these days.


Catalonia has endorsed the curfew between 1:00 and 6:00, the closure of nightlife, the reduction of capacity to 70% in various sectors, the limit of social meetings to a maximum of ten people and requires the COVID passport for hotels, gyms and to visit relatives in residences.

Basque Country

The COVID passport is mandatory for hospitals, residences, all hotels and restaurants, concert halls, music festivals and other cultural and artistic events in closed spaces, sports centers and gyms.

The closure of commercial, social and cultural activities has been decreed at 1:00 am and the limitation of capacity to 60%. It is prohibited to consume standing up in hotels, restaurants and nightlife and groups will not exceed 10 people.


No mandatory restrictions in Extremadura for these Christmas dates. It is recommended, of course, that the tables are not more than ten people, and that the nuclei of cohabitants who meet are “the least possible”.


The COVID passport is mandatory to access the hotel and restaurant industry, nightlife, tourist hostels, and health centers, services and establishments. The closure of the hotel business has been decreed from 00:00 hours, except Friday and Saturday, which will be at 01:00 hours. Also the closure of nightlife from 02:00 hours, the limitation in hospitality to eight diners indoors and ten on the terrace, and the prohibition of meetings between 2 and 6 in the morning.

The Rioja

The use of the COVID passport is mandatory for people over 12 years of age to access nightlife venues, restaurants with a capacity greater than 50 diners, residences, party rooms, gyms and outdoor events of more than 1,000 people from public where it is possible to consume food and drink.

Bars, events and discos have also been ordered to close at 1:00 a.m. and a maximum of ten attendees and a maximum of two groups of coexistence in family gatherings are recommended.


There are no additional restrictions in Madrid for these Christmas days. The Community, of course, rules out macro parties on New Year’s Eve, some due to the withdrawal of promoters and others because they do not have a COVID plan.


Closure of all non-essential activity from 1 a.m., limitation of diners per table in bars and restaurants to ten indoors and twelve outdoors. In nightlife, the use of the dance floors is not allowed and consumption in the bar and outdoors will always be seated.

The COVID passport is required for nightlife, and optional in the premises of celebrations, restaurants and hotels and it is recommended to avoid concentrations of people on public roads.


Obligation of the COVID passport to access special bars and discos, restaurants with a capacity of more than 60 diners, for all kinds of cultural shows indoors, residences, hotels and gyms.

The closure of establishments, societies and clubs between 1 and 6 hours and it is recommended that Christmas meetings and celebrations be limited to a maximum of ten people and two family units.

Valencian Community

The COVID passport is required to access leisure and restaurant venues, regardless of capacity, in spaces dedicated to recreational and random activities with food, in events and celebrations of more than 500 people and to enter hospitals and social services residences, as well as in gyms or cinemas, circuses, sports facilities and venues where food or drink is consumed.

Ceuta and melilla

In Ceuta, a Covid certificate is required for those over 12 years of age to access interior hotel and restaurant venues with a capacity greater than 50 people, as well as to enter discos and other nightlife establishments or visit elderly people in residences or patients in hospitals.

In Melilla, the COVID passport is mandatory to access the interior of hospitality establishments and inside and outside nightlife establishments or those in which activities such as dancing are carried out, as well as to access residences, hospitals and prisons.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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