Health

Spain bans smoking, shuts nightclubs under new coronavirus restrictions

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 β€œin a few days time,” night-life businesses including dance clubs and cocktail bars will have to close. Restaurants and bRead More – Source