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Spain bans smoking, shuts nightclubs under new coronavirus restrictions

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Madrid reports close to 3,000 new cases in latest daily tally.

All Spanish regions agreed to order the closure of nightclubs and to ban smoking outdoors when social distancing is not possible, as part of a tranche of new restrictions to tackle a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Health Minister Salvador Illa announced 11 measures to contain the virus that he said had been agreed unanimously with his 17 regional counterparts at a meeting Friday. Illa added that regional governments, which have powers over health policy, could take stronger action if they wanted.

The measures aim to slow an increase in the daily number of COVID-19 cases detected in Spain, with 2,943 new cases reported Thursday.

Under the new restrictions, which are expected to come into force “in a few days time,” night-life businesses including dance clubs and cocktail bars will have to close. Restaurants and bars will have to close by 1 a.m. and will not be allowed to welcome new customers after 12 p.m.

Illa recommended that the public limit their meetings in person to 10 people, and that care homes carry out coronavirus tests periodically to ensure their staff are not infected. He also warned young people against gathering to drink alcohol outside.


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