Spain bans smoking and forces nightclubs to close as cases rise

Spain has brought in a smoking ban and other restrictions to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Cases in the country have continued to rise, with 37,000 reported in the last week and the Foreign Office is currently advising Brits against all but essential travel to the country.

In a bid to stop the virus spreading Spain has brought in a series of measures such as shutting nightclubs and forcing bars and restaurants to close by 1am.

Hotels and restaurants must also maintain a distance of 1.5m between tables.

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People are also not allowed to smoke when a two-metre safe distance cannot be observed.

The restrictions were announced by the national government on Friday, but regional governments have been allowed to choose when they apply in their region.

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said: “There has been a growing number of outbreaks in recent weeks.

“I am announcing that, for the first time, we have decided to adopt coordinated actions in terms of public health and that these measures have been adopted unanimously.

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"The measures are a minimum, not a maximum. The regions can take more restrictive measures."

In Andalusia, home to the Costa Del Sol, fines of 100-3000 euros will be handed out to those breaking the smoking ban.

The ban also applies to e-cigarettes – reports Olive Press.

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The Canary Islands, which include Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, have already brought in the measures, with The Balearic Islands, Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca, expected to bring them in this week – reports El Pais.

The Costa Blanca have also brought in the measures after they reported coronavirus cases in young people rocketing by 50%.

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