In the capital, Madrid, mostly young people gathered on Saturday evening in Puerta del Sol, where they applauded when the clock at Real Casa de Correos, the government building in the Madrid region, struck at midnight. However, the city’s food establishments had to close after midnight.
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In Barcelona, residents had to adhere to the curfew for two more hours, which started at 10 p.m. Police had yet to be deployed to enforce the measure until the curfew ended at midnight. After midnight, it was up to the officers to remind revelers that alcohol consumption in the streets is still prohibited.
Many people still wore mouth masks, but they barely stood a distance from each other as thousands of Spaniards danced, sang and hugged together.
Spain currently has more than 3.6 million confirmed coronavirus infections and nearly 79,000 deaths. As infection rates decline and the vaccination program runs smoothly, the government in Madrid has decided that the curfew could be lifted.
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