Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez declared the new state of alert on today, Sunday during an extraordinary Council of Ministers.
As indicated a few days ago, the Spanish Government reiterated its state of alert on Sunday during the extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers. It will initially remain in force for a fortnight, but the government wants it to be extended nationwide, including Mallorca, until 9 May. “The state of alert is the constitutional instrument for an extreme situation. And we are living in an extreme situation,” declared head of government Pedro Sánchez in a press conference after the meeting.
At the next meeting of the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, he intends to ask for the state of alert to be extended until 9 May. However, the deadline is not “set in stone”, he said, and as soon as the pandemic situation allows, the state of alert will be ended. The aim is to reduce the number of confirmed corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants from currently over 400 to 25.
According to media reports, the decree also imposes a night-time curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. It is within the competence of each region to bring this measure forward or backward by an hour or two, writes the Spanish daily “El País”. The paper also reports that travel between regions should only be possible for compelling reasons. Exceptions are to be made for the Canary Islands because of their positive coronal situation, in order to save tourism as much as possible.
Spain limits mobility as much as possible, but does not close borders. Autonomous regions such as the Balearic Islands will be free to decide on the extent of the travel restrictions imposed. Nationwide, the number of participants in social or family gatherings is also limited to six, a rule that has been in force in the Balearic Islands since Saturday. This does not apply to people who live together under the same roof.
Unlike the state of alert first declared in mid-March, which had to be extended every fortnight by Parliament, the text of the new decree already includes the need for the measure to remain in force for a longer period.