Madrid will lift most of its pandemic restrictions on Monday amid a general easing of lockdown rules in Spain after the number of coronavirus infections in the country fell to its lowest level in more than a year.
Restaurants and bars in the Spanish capital are allowed to remain open for as long as their permits allow, while shopping malls, cinemas and theaters no longer have to apply capacity limits. In Madrid, only a few restrictions remain, including party size limits in restaurants — 10 per table outside, an increase of eight — and a 75 percent capacity limit in nightclubs.
In the past week, the 14-day infection rate in Spain fell below 100 recorded cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the lowest since August 2020. The latest figures come after the infection rate reached nearly 700 in July, before falling to 400 last month.
Most experts attribute the improvement to the acceleration of Spain’s vaccination campaign, which enabled the government to achieve its goal of fully vaccinating 70 percent of the population by the end of August. As of Friday, 35.8 million residents, more than 75 percent of the population, were fully vaccinated, making Spain one of the largest vaccinated populations in Europe.
Tourism in Spain, which has only maintained limited travel restrictions over the summer, is also expected to increase following last week’s London decision to stop forcing vaccinated visitors to test for Covid-19 before returning to Great Britain. Britain. The switch, which comes into effect on October 4, will also benefit some other European countries that rely heavily on British tourists, such as France, Italy and Portugal.