Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez declared a second nationwide state of emergency, imposing a curfew in all regions except for the Canary Islands.
The curfew lasts from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time with regional leaders allowed to vary the times.
“The reality is that Europe and Spain are immersed in a second wave of the pandemic,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said after a meeting with Cabinet colleagues. “We are living in an extreme situation…it is the most serious in the last half-century,” he told a news conference.
Regional leaders will also be allowed to shut regional borders, and public gatherings will be limited to six people from separate households.