Thousands of people gathered on the streets in Spain and partied, danced till the midnight.They were celebrating the end of a six-month national COVID lockdown in the country, that had forced people to spend time indoors since 2020.
Spain lifted its state of emergency that had been in place since October to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The lifting of the restrictions means, Spaniards are now allowed to travel between regions for the first time in several months.
Most of the country’s 17 regions were able to relax Covid restrictions after infection rates stabilised and vaccination drives made good progress in the past few weeks.
On Saturday, scores of unmasked people were seen celebrating and dancing in groups in Madrid’s central Puerta del Sol square. As a result, authorities, and cops had to usher the revellers out quickly.
The photos of people celebrating on the streets soon started surfacing on social media. However, one photo stood out from the rest and highlighted the collective happiness of people in the country.
The photograph showed a couple kissing in the street as crowds of people behind them were celebrating. Similar photos were taken from different parts of the country.
It was like New Year’s Eve celebrations of yesteryears in many cities. In Madrid, people danced in the streets without masks for hours. In Barcelona, many were seen heading to the beach after midnight to celebrate the end of the long lockdown.
People of Spain can now freely travel between regions. Local restaurants and bars have been allowed to stay open till 11 PM with a limit of four people per table. However, regions can still restrict the opening and closing hours of such establishments.