What you need to know about the current situation of COVID-19 in Madrid! 

In Madrid the new measures have been in place since October 2nd: People may only enter or exit the city on work, school or medical grounds, or for other pressing reasons.

Everybody has to wear a face mask, covering their mouth and nose in indoor and outdoor public areas. There are some exceptions, like when eating or drinking or while practicing sports. Large gatherings of people in public spaces (indoor and outdoor) are limited in many regions. The max is 6 people.

Smoking outdoors in public places is forbidden if and when a 2-meter distance cannot be maintained.


There are some simple precautions you can take to reduce your chances of being affected by COVID-19

  • Regularly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water
  • Maintain at least 2 meters between yourself and others.
  • Avoid going to crowded places
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Make sure you and the people around you follow good respiratory hygiene.
  • Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever until you recover.
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority.

Hospitality Industry

Most of the hospitality industry has been reduced to 50%. This is the case for leisure centers, zoos, amusement parks, betting shops, casinos and racecourses. Shops must reduce their capacity to 50% and bring their closing time forward to 10pm (except businesses regarded as essential).

Sport facilities remain open 50% indoors and 60% outdoors.

Shops must reduce their capacity to 50% and bring their closing time forward to 10pm (except chemists’, health centers, vets, petrol stations and other businesses regarded as essential).

Restaurants, bars and cafés are no longer allowed to serve at the bar and must reduce capacity to 50%. They must close at midnight and stop serving at 11pm

Gatherings, both indoors and outdoors are limited to a maximum of 6 people. Socializing with people outside of one’s household will be prohibited between midnight and 6am, both in private and public spaces. 

Night clubs and other late night venues are now closed.

Children’s parks, outdoor activities and skate parks are allowed to open as long as there is at least 4m2 of space per person!

All public parks and gardens will shut between midnight and 6am until further notice. 

Markets may also open with again a maximum capacity of 75%. The Rastro Flea market is closed until further notice!


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Museums and Cultural Centres

A lot of the museums have reopened, but they all have their own rules. Most of the rules are the same: wear a mask, wash your hands and keep the distance.

But for any special rules, check this blog or check the venue’s official website before visiting to get the most reliable and up-to-date information!


The metro, buses and taxi are all operating normally. Please note that face masks must be worn on all forms of transport.

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