Spain lifts state of emergency, opens borders for Schengen countries

Spain on Sunday is lifting its 14-week state of emergency, imposed to curtail one of Europe's worst coronavirus outbreaks, news wires reported. Spaniards will be able to travel around the country outside the province where they live. As of Sunday, tourists from Schengen countries can enter the country, with travellers from everywhere else allowed back as of 1 July.

This is a major step for Spain, where tourism is a key economic sector, making up more than 12% of GDP. Still some restrictions remain and these differ by region, depending on local circumstances. Nationally, most schools are still closed, with classroom teaching only due to begin again in September. Football, for now, is to be followed from people's homes at first and second league games are played behind closed doors. Discos may reopen but dance floors are to be cordoned off. Museums, concert halls, cinemas, cafes and restaurants all still face restrictions on the numbers they can take in, although these will be lifted in stages.

Masks are to be worn on public transport, planes, and in shops and other enclosed public spaces nationwide. Anyone contravening these rules can be fined up to €100.

The country has recorded a death toll of more than 28,000 and more than 245,000 infections.

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