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This afternoon.

A Spanish court on Thursday lifted a coronavirus curfew imposed on most of Catalonia, including the capital Barcelona, leaving it in place in just a fraction of the northeastern region.

Catalonia’s government in mid-July imposed a nightly curfew between 1:00 am and 6:00 am in most municipalities to fight a surge in virus cases, and the region’s top court then gave the green light to extend it three times.

But on Friday, faced with a request by the regional government to keep the curfew in place in 148 municipalities, the High Court of Justice of Catalonia said the measure was “not justified” in 129 of them, because infection rates there had improved.

Spain Court Orders End To Barcelona Virus Curfew (AFP)

Barcelona, Spain

This afternoon.

Via The Local:

Barcelona and other cities in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region will impose a night-time curfew starting this weekend to fight a surge in virus cases after the measure won court approval.

The curfew is intended to discourage social gatherings on beaches and in parks to curb a spike in cases of the highly-contagious Delta variant, especially among unvaccinated young people.

The region’s top court on Friday signed off on the measure, which will affect a total of 161 municipalities, including popular beach resorts like Sitges and Salou.

Catalonia, the epicentre of Spain’s jump in infections, has already ordered all public gatherings to finish by 12:30am and restricted gatherings to no more than 10 people.

CONFIRMED: Barcelona and other Catalan cities to impose curfew to fight rampant Covid surge (The Local.se)

KN writes:

‘Like Ireland destroying its pub culture, this about changing a way of life. In Spain, 1am at the weekend in Summer is like 11pm here and all ages are about. Things are only getting going.’


Madrid regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso yesterday


Spanish Cabinet declares state of alarm in Madrid to slow coronavirus spread (El Pais)

A Madrid court has rejected government orders to lockdown the Spanish capital

This afternoon.

A court in Madrid, Spain has struck down a national government order that imposed a lockdown in the Spanish capital and its suburbs,.

The judge said the lockdown would ‘ravage’ the region’s economy.

Via El Pais:

The judges said that travel restrictions in and out of the cities and other limitations might be necessary to fight the spread of the virus, but that under the current legal form they were violating residents’ “fundamental rights.”

The decision means that police won’t be able to fine people for leaving their municipalities without a justification.

Madrid High Court strikes down Health Ministry’s coronavirus restrictions (El Pais)


Ex-King Juan Carlos of Spain and his son, King Felipe VI


El rey esta muerto….


…larga vida al rey.


Spain puzzles over ex-King Juan Carlos’s whereabouts (BBC)


44 degrees!

In a mask!

Any excuse.




Ah here.

President of the European Council Charles Michel and EU Secretary General of the EU Council  Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen during a video conference with EU leaders yesterday

This morning.

Via BBC:

For ordinary people, frightened for their health, the safety of their loved ones, worrying about their rent and feeding their family after businesses shut down, the idea that Europe’s leaders spent six hours on Thursday night, squabbling over the wording of their summit conclusions in order to defer a key decision over coronavirus funds, will be incomprehensible.

Spain and Italy – ravaged by the effects of the virus on their populations and their limited public finances – were deeply disappointed. Italy was already one of the EU’s most Eurosceptic member states before Covid-19 hit.

Italian Twitter was littered with expletives on Thursday – and those were just the posts from politicians.

Coronavirus: Can EU get a grip on crisis? (BBC)


Now, its economy is at an enforced standstill in an effort to break the back of the epidemic. But its troubles won’t end when the virus has run its course. Given the prominence of tourism in the Italian economy (13 percent of Italy’s GDP versus 8.6 percent of Germany’s), the country faces a much harder long-term headwind to return to prosperity than many other EU states.

These would be daunting problems for a country with sovereign control of its currency. But Italy, as a Eurozone member, does not have any such control.

The Italian state cannot print money to sustain its citizenry while the economy is in lockdown. It has to beg Brussels for permission to spend — and Europe’s finance ministers are bickering about the terms under which such spending would be permitted in much the same manner that America’s senators have been.

Will the EU survive coronavirus? (The Week)

Pic via EU


Is that a testing kit or are you just glad to see me?

*hot sweats*

Earlier: No Walk In The Park