© Reuters. Individuals dance on the Barcelona seaside, because the state of alarm decreed by the Spanish Authorities to stop the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) is because of finish on Sunday, in Barcelona, Spain, Could 8, 2021. Image taken Could, 8, 2021. REUTERS/Nacho D


By Michael Gore and Jordi Rubio

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) – Exhilarated Spaniards danced in streets, chanted “freedom” and partied on seashores in a single day as a COVID-19 curfew ended throughout a lot of the nation.

In scenes akin to New 12 months’s Eve celebrations, tons of of primarily younger individuals gathered in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol sq. to applaud the clock hanging midnight whereas in Barcelona revellers headed to the seaside with drinks in hand.

Police in Barcelona had the unusual activity of shifting individuals on after the final curfew started at 10 p.m., solely to allow them to again at midnight when it ended for good.

Some individuals wore masks however there was scant social distancing as associates kissed, hugged, danced and sang.

“Younger individuals, like everybody else, have been very restricted,” mentioned store employee Paula Garcia, 28, on the seaside in Barcelona. “Now was time to provide us a little bit of freedom to take pleasure in a bit of the summer time.”


Considered one of Europe’s worst-hit nations, Spain has suffered 78,792 coronavirus deaths and three.6 million instances. However an infection charges have fallen and vaccinations are progressing quick, enabling a lot of the 17 areas to scrap the curfew till daybreak.

Solely 4 areas have been maintaining it: the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Navarra and Valencia.

“It was time they allow us to out,” mentioned retailer clerk Andreu Pujol, 25, additionally on the seaside in Barcelona.

“Even so, I’m nonetheless very sad with the dealing with (of the pandemic). You may see that on this nation all they do is make issues up as they go alongside,” .

As impromptu events sprung up on the town centres across the nation, police stored a cautious eye, reminding some revellers that consuming on the road was prohibited.

Madrid’s right-wing regional president Isabel Diaz Ayuso simply gained reelection after campaigning on looser measures, however the metropolis has the second highest an infection charge in Spain and was nonetheless ordering bars and eating places shut from midnight.

Even so, there was pleasure on the finish of curfew.

“The appropriate to maneuver freely is prime,” mentioned Madrid resident Luis Rigo within the Puerta del Sol.

“I am completely satisfied, I am delighted in fact.”

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