Spanish authorities extend until April 26 the state of emergency in the country, declared in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. Formally, this decision of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has yet to be approved at a meeting of the government and approved by members of parliament. There is no doubt, however, that this will happen soon. Pablo Casado, leader of the People’s Party, and Inés Arrimadas, one of the most influential members of the Citizen Party (leader of the opposition in the Catalan Parliament), have already expressed their support to him. In their view, it is necessary to unite in the fight against the Coronavirus in these difficult times.
However, there is little chance that Spain will return to normal life at the end of April.
According to Sanchez, he intends to extend the emergency regime repeatedly. “This is a huge sacrifice, but we need to defeat the virus,” said the prime minister. According to him, the state of anxiety will be extended every 15 days. At the same time, approval of this step by Parliament will be requested each time. According to Spanish law, the regime of emergency the head of government can announce only for 15 days, which Sanchez did on March 14, for its extension the consent of deputies is required. But as long as the opposition People’s Party (one of the largest in the country) supports measures to counter the spread of coronavirus, declared by the socialist government, it is only a formality. Although some deputies have already expressed their dissatisfaction with the fact that they were not consulted in advance (representatives of the regions also express the same thoughts).
By the way, the restrictions imposed may change depending on their effectiveness (here the Prime Minister relies on the data and schedules of the Scientific Committee on Combating Coronavirus with which he meets every Saturday).
Previously, the Spanish authorities had sent all employees of companies not involved in the production and supply of medicines and foodstuffs on a two-week paid holiday to reduce the risk of infection. This measure was taken in addition to the closure of restaurants, shopping, cultural and sports centres.
You can only leave your home if absolutely necessary (e.g. to a shop or pharmacy). At the same time, wearing masks has become mandatory. The Government has included masks and disinfectant gels in the list of important hygiene products and is seeking to increase their supply.