Spain closes nightclubs, reintroduces restrictive coronavirus measures

An elderly couple wearing face masks walks on a sidewalk marked for pedestrians to keep social distance, during the hours in which the elderly are allowed to be outdoors, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Barcelona, Spain, May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa announced that all Spanish regions have agreed to order the closure of nightclubs, on Friday.

Among the restrictive measures, the regions have also banned smoking in outdoor areas when keeping a safe distance is impossible. The measures are aimed at curbing a rise in the coronavirus infections.

Spanish health authorities advised against public gatherings of more than ten people and warned young people specifically not to gather outside to drink alcohol.

As of Thursday, Spain registered a total of 337,334 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

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