The global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has led to major disruption of the economy and social welfare in Spain.
The lockdown measures keeping the population at home and closing down businesses under the state of emergency declared in Spain on 14 March, followed by the process of lifting restrictions and current uncertainty, with cases rising, have had a major impact on demand, production and investment decisions throughout the economy.
The situation has led the Spanish Government to adopt various measures to support the sectors and people most affected, making the jobs market more flexible and relaxing compliance with legal obligations.
The state of emergency has been declared twice, through (i) Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14 March 2020, which came into force on the same day ("RD 463/2020"); and (ii) Royal Decree 926/2020 of 25 October, coming into effect the same day (“RD 926/2020”).The first state of emergency (March) was initially declared for 15 calendar days, up to 29 March 2020. The Government requested six extensions, up to 21 June, when Spain entered into what is popularly known as the “new normality”. On 25 October 2020, in response to worsening infection rates, Spain’s Government declared a second state of emergency, in which the governments of its autonomous regions are playing a greater role. It is due to end on 9 May 2021.
This page features a collection of our insights on some of the key issues affecting businesses in Spain, split in different areas, to guide our clients in navigating across the uncertainties of the current situation. We hope you find it useful.
As it is an evolving situation, we will be updating each section regularly.