Catalonia’s regional president Quim Torra made the announcement today after recording a surge of coronavirus cases in the area. The move is likely to further deter Britons from visiting the region. Torra said: “In these three weeks, we are staking everything that could happen in the fall and the winter.”
He added: “We are no longer in a stable position, [cases] are persistently rising.”
Catalonia has had over 100,000 cases of coronavirus.
There are currently 672 coronavirus patients in hospital with coronavirus in Catalonia.
One of the restrictions includes a ban on social gatherings of more than 10 people, according to EL PAIS.
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This excludes work meetings and travel.
Murcia has also announced that it will be limiting its social gatherings to a maximum of just six people.
This is for people who do not live together.
Madrid’s authorities are advising against non-essential social contact.
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The Madrid government has also ordered that all bars and restaurants in Tielmes close for 14 days.
Spain has seen a massive increase in its number of recorded coronavirus cases in recent days.
Over the last few days, the country has recorded more than 3,000 new infections recorded daily.
However, today it recorded 2,080 new cases.
Spain holidays: Catalonia has had over 100,000 cases of coronavirus (stock)
In June, the number of new cases over a 24-hour period had fallen below 100 on some days, but the number began to rise again in July.
The UK government then removed Spain from its travel corridor list on July 27.
This means that anyone arriving in the UK from Spain must quarantine for 14 days.
The Foreign Office (FCO) is also currently advising against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.
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The use of face coverings and masks is mandatory on public transport in Spain and in many indoor and outdoor public spaces.
This exempts children under the age of six.
Some face mask rules may vary depending on the region.
The FCO reads: “You should carry a face mask with you and be prepared to wear it throughout your stay.