Britons this week touched down in Spain as it reopened its doors to tourists – but are discovering it’s not quite the sun, sea and sex mecca they may have expected.
The summer holiday destination loved by British families for generations has brought in numerous changes which will restrict the fun for some.
Ibiza’s popular party boats won’t be supplying their usual hedonism, bars will have limited numbers allowed in and masks will be mandatory in many places.
But other changes – including enforced social distancing on the beach – may be music to tourists’ ears.
The rules differ from region to region, with autonomous regions allowed to impose new laws as they feel fit.
As of yet, there is no indication as to how long the rules will last for but locals and tourists alike have been warned to follow them or face tough fines.
Here, MailOnline breaks down the rules in each of Spain’s most popular regions.
Tourists prepare to board buses upon arrival at the Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Mallorca today
Visitors flocked to a beach in Malaga – while ensuring families stayed a safe distance apart – as lockdown measures are eased
Spain has had 246,272 coronavirus cases in total, although numbers have been steadily dropping
Valencia, including Benidorm and Alicante
The area will maintain most of the measures of phase three of de-escalation, such as the obligation to limit capacity to 75 per cent. In shopping centres this is reduced to 60 per cent.
Open air shows may not have more than 800 people. Dancing in clubs is still banned. Tables on terrace bars must be two metres apart and no more than 20 diners.
Outdoor shows must have seats and cannot host more than 800 people.
A woman wearing a protective facemask walks along a street in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava today as the country opens its doors to tourists again
People enjoy a day on a beach in Lloret de Mar today – while keeping a safe distance away from each other – as lockdown measures are eased
Andalusia, home to Malaga, Granada and Seville
The regional government predicts the ‘new reality’ will be in effect until next spring at least.
The capacity of establishments and shops is 75 per cent inside but 100 per cent on terraces.
Swimming pools and hotels must be at 50 per cent capacity. Cinemas at 65 per cent.
Outdoor concerts must have a maximum capacity of 1,500 people. At the moment, fairs and festivals are not recommended.
A sign showing areas reserved for adults and families stands on a beach as part of new safety measures in Lloret de Mar
Youngsters jumps into the water at the public swimming pool in Sant Jordi, Barcelona, on Monday
Establishments, as in Andalusia, will be at 75 per cent capacity.
Nightlife venues must be at 50 per cent and the dance floors are to be occupied by chairs and tables so no dancing is allowed.
Children’s areas, previously closed, are now open again with the correct hygiene measures.
People obeyed social distancing advice on Playa de Palma beach in Mallorca yesterday
Individual councils are responsible for the rules pertaining to beaches in Asturias.
Nightspots can open with capacity of 50 per cent but without a dance floor.
As for the rest of the catering establishments, they can be opened to their full capacity.
Parties have been classified by three types of risk (high, medium and low).
From July 5th, festivals, pilgrimages and attractions can return but those with a high risk will be prohibited, those with medium risk will have a 75 per cent capacity.
Those with low risk wont face added measures.
Shopping centres will have a limited capacity of 50 per cent in common areas.
Party boats are banned everywhere in the Balearic Islands (stock image of a party boat pictured)
Balearic Islands including Mallorca
The islands were the first place to welcome German tourists for a ‘holiday experiment’ with extensive regulations.
Big nightclubs can’t open yet and there are space restrictions on the beaches, with time limits also in place in some areas.
At weddings and other social events, the capacity cannot exceed 75 per cent with a maximum of 250 people in outdoor spaces and 150 people in enclosed spaces.
There is also a 75 per cent occupancy limit on cinemas, theatres and auditoriums.
Clubs can’t open at all in Magaluf, the West End of Sant Antoni and certain areas of Playa de Palma. Party boats are banned everywhere.
People sunbathe on Playa de Palma beach in Mallorca. They are spaced out to ensure there is at least 1.5 metres between them
A member of the local civil protection security wearing a face mask patrols a beach in Lloret de Mar today
In the Canary Islands, as in the Balearic Islands, the rule of four square metres each on the beach applies.
Bars and restaurants will not have a capacity limit, but there will be a 75 per cent limit in shops.
Nightclubs can open their terraces but with 75 per cent occupancy and no dancing.
Lifts and escalators can only be used by one person at a time – unless family members – and the use of stairs is encouraged instead.
Events outside are permitted with a maximum of 1,000. Inside it’s 300 maximum.
Any payments are generally to be made by card as cash is discouraged.
Napkins, oil dispensers, even tooth-picks will disappear from tables.
Rugs, textiles, blankets, pictures and other such items are to disappear from hotel rooms.
Tourists prepare to board buses upon arrival at the Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Mallorca today
A tourist wears a face mask as he is answers questions from Spanish journalists after landing at Seville airport on Sunday
A general capacity of 75 per cent is maintained in hotels, shops and cultural facilities, a percentage that drops to half in hostels, tourist facilities and nightlife venues.
Sports events can’t have more than 300 people indoors and 1,000 outdoors. On the beaches, showers and footbaths can only be used by one person at a time.
With the intention of not confusing citizens, the regional government has decided to limit the capacity to 75 per cent in practically all premises and public services.
The area, very affected by the virus in some provinces due to its proximity to Madrid, has decided to prohibit any events or meetings where a distance of 1.5 metres between people cannot be maintained.
Bars are open although the capacity is limited to 75 per cent.
Clubs must place tables on the dance floors and will have attendance limited to one third of their capacity. Pools may open to 75 per cent of capacity and sports competitions without physical contact are allowed.
Two women wearing face masks chat near a beach in Lloret de Mar in Catalonia as lockdown measures are eased
The community changed from phase three to the ‘new normal’ in just 24 hours this week, which has meant that its president Quim Torra has made a call for individual responsibility.
Thus, from June 25 there will be no limited capacity. In outdoor events, the safety distance of 1.5 metres must be respected, although it can be lowered if a mask is used and there must be a register of attendees.
Terraces must be limited to 80 per cent capacity. In common areas of shopping malls, this is decreased to 50 per cent.
Outdoor events must have a maximum of 1,000 people seated and 300 if they are held indoors.
Tourists arrive at Palma de Mallorca Airport yesterday as the Spanish tourism industry gets back up and running
Passengers coming from London wear face mask as they exit the arrival area at the El Part de Llobregat airport in Barcelona
The regional government has adopted a policy of not limiting the capacity in those spaces where it is possible to maintain the necessary distance between others.
In large events, a 75 per cent capacity has been introduced.
All events will be by appointment to allow, if necessary, the tracking of attendees.
In the bullrings, up to 1,000 people are allowed while pools will have a 75 per cent capacity.
Up until July 5, all businesses will have their internal capacity limited to 60 per cent. This rises to 80 per cent on terraces of bars and restaurants.
From July 6, that percentage will reach 75 per cent and 100 per cent on terraces.
Clubs will continue to be closed until at least July 5. Playgrounds are open again.
Groups of people drink outside as they keep a safe distance apart in the La Plaza bar in Madrid
The region will allow hotels to operate with all its rooms open, although in common spaces the capacity will be limited to 75 per cent.
Weddings may have 500 attendees outdoors, 200 indoors and up to 800 with specific plans.
A lifeguard on a beach in Lloret de Mar wears a facemask as visitors begin to return as lockdown measures are eased
Capacity has been reduced to 75 per cent in the hospitality industry. Large events have been restricted to 1,000 attendees outdoors and 500 inside.
The Basque Country has reopened parks and recreational areas, although a space of four square metres for each person must be guaranteed. Masks are obligatory.
In open-air cultural shows, pilgrimages, dance or music exhibitions and parades, the maximum capacity will be 1,000 attendees. The same rules apply to sports events in open spaces, such as cycling, rowing or athletics.
In closed spaces this figure is reduced to 300 people. Clubs and nightlife venues can resume their activity with 60 per cent of their usual capacity.
Rail passengers are thrown down stairs and tackled to the ground for not wearing face masks as coronavirus rules are brutally enforced in Spain
By Amelia Wynne For Mailonline
Rail passengers have been thrown down stairs and tackled to the ground for not wearing face masks as coronavirus rules are brutally enforced in Spain.
Shocking footage taken at La Segrera underground station in Barcelona shows one man involved in a scuffle with two security guards.
At one point during the struggle, the man is thrown down some steps and he lands on the floor on his back with a loud thud.
One of the security guards is heard shouting at the man on the floor: ‘I am fed up with you. And now you can call the police.’
Shocking footage from taken at La Segrera underground station in Barcelona shows one man involved in a scuffle with two security guards
At one point during the fight, the man is thrown down some steps and he lands on the floor on his back with a loud thud
In a separate incident at the Getafe train station just outside Madrid, another man was grabbed by train guards for not wearing his mask properly because he was talking on the phone.
The man was forced to get off the train after arriving at the station where five members of staff began wrestling him. He eventually ended up being forced to the ground.
According to local media, the security guards had to call local police and officers were then deployed to the station. The guards reported the passenger for assault to the national police.
The Spanish government have stipulated that it is mandatory to wear a face mask when it’s impossible to keep a social distance as part of the health measures to prevent a new COVID-19 outbreak.
In a separate incident at the Getafe train station just outside Madrid, another man was grabbed by train guards for not wearing his mask properly because he was talking on the phone
In response to the incident at the underground station in Barcelona, the company that manages the local service Transports Metropolitans of Barcelona (TMB) said in a public statement that the man refused to wear a face mask and attacked one of the security guards.
Local media reports TMB has launched an investigation to clarify what happened and determine if they will take disciplinary measures against the security guards.
Reports said the two security guards pushed the man down the steps when they were trying to remove the man from the underground station because he had refused to wear a face mask.
The man who was tackled to the ground at the train station in Madrid was talking on the phone inside the train with his mask hanging down when he was asked to cover his face and refused. He is pictured left and right being surrounded by train guards
Witnesses told local media that the man who was tackled to the ground at the train station in Madrid was talking on the phone inside the train with his mask hanging down when he was asked to cover his face and refused.
Witnesses told local media that ‘the guards started to shout at him and dragged him off the train’.
The union of private security Alternativa Sindical said in a press statement that they support the security guards shown in the video as the use of a face mask is mandatory in public transport.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Spain has registered 246,272 cases of COVID-19 and 28,323 related deaths.