Images were shared of people walking to Barcelona beaches and the streets of Madrid to celebrate the end of Spain’s six-month state of emergency to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people could be seen without a mask, disregarding social distancing and congregating in groups much larger than six – all in violation of the coronavirus restrictions that remain in place.
In a video during the last hours of the curfew on Saturday evening, a police van patrolling Barcelona beach warns crowds over loudspeakers: “It is forbidden to gather in groups of more than six people, please leave the room. beach. “
In the capital Madrid, the police intervened to evict people from the central Puerta del Sol square, where many were dancing and singing.
“In general, people in my area have been very responsible,” said Oriol Estival, a 22-year-old from Sant Celoni, a village about 50 kilometers from Barcelona. “Large crowds occurred in big cities like Barcelona or Madrid. People know the places where there are no police.
After a strict stay-at-home order last spring at the start of the pandemic, Spain’s second state of emergency went into effect last October. It allowed more activity, but still included a nationwide nighttime curfew and restrictions on social gatherings and travel in Spain.
Nationwide, there are 198 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 population, but some areas that will maintain restrictions, such as Navarre, have a higher rate.
Nearly 28% of Spaniards, or 13.2 million, have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 12.6% have been fully vaccinated, according to the latest data released on Friday.