Moratorium on evictions or power outages. The Spanish government yesterday until the end of October extended a package of measures aimed at helping the most vulnerable citizens cope with the consequences of the pandemic.
Initially, the government of Socialist Pedro Sanchez had adopted these measures in March 2020, during the first wave of the pandemic.
The measures, which were due to expire on August 9, will be extended until October 31, government spokeswoman Isabelle Rodriguez said after a cabinet meeting as the country faces a new wave of infections.
Entitled “Social Shield”, the set of measures includes, inter alia, a temporary suspension of evictions of families who cannot afford to pay their rent due to the pandemic, and a ban on power, water or gas outages due to unpaid bills. .
“Hopefully (at the end of October) health indicators will tell us that we can face the future without this shield,” Rodriguez added.
Spain, whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism, saw its GDP fall 10.8% last year, one of the worst results among industrialized countries. The economy has since recovered and is expected to grow by 6.5% this year, according to government forecasts.