Spanish Government Considers Limiting Christmas Celebrations to Six People

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said during a Thursday morning press conference in Madrid that his government was “seriously” considering limiting Christmas celebrations to only six people, in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said during a Thursday morning press conference in Madrid that his government was “seriously” considering limiting Christmas celebrations to only six people, in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. 

“This is not a number we have pulled out of nowhere,” Prime Minister Sanchez told local with his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte in. “It is a number which health professionals, scientists have told us is sufficiently rigorous and restrictive to prevent another surge in infections,” the leftist leader pointed out.

Following a summit of regional health chiefs, Health Minister Salvador Illa said during an interview with La Vanguardia that the talks were progressing well but that no agreement had yet been reached.

“We want to produce a set of recommendations that will generate the maximum possible consensus,” he pointed out, adding that he hoped to reach an accord next week.

Some regional health chiefs, including in Catalonia and Madrid, are advocating for a less stringent limit of 10 people for holiday gatherings.

“There has been an improvement across all territories but we are appealing for caution, especially this December,” Illa explained.


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