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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer - Abogado
26th of October 2020
The Spanish government unilaterally approved yesterday a new six-month night-time curfew in a new bid to combat the spread of Covid-19. The curfew starts at 23:00 and extends until 06:00. The last day of the curfew is the 9th of May 2021. It has also banned gatherings of more than six people, unless they live together.
Strictly, from a legal point of view, this measure is unconstitutional. States of alarm cannot exceed 15 days and must be renewed. This requires a political consensus.
The main problem of this measure - besides being illegal - is that it may turn out to be the death knell for the hospitality sector, which had already greatly suffered since the last government-imposed lockdown from March, which lasted almost 4 months. Restaurants, cinemas, bars, discotheques, hotels will all suffer greatly to the point it will push many to the brink.
I cannot claim to be an expert on these matters, because I'm not, but I have pointed out repeatedly that these measures of lockdowns et al are killing the economy, and with it annihilating Spain's middle class. Millions of people are going to end up jobless unless our social-communist government does something to avoid it. The middle class is what gives countries financial strength and political stability. If you take it away, a country will yield to political instability, lose wealth and become polarized.
I can only hope these new draconian measures will help fight the virus, the real enemy.
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