Health minister Salvador Illa says professional football in Spain is not likely to return before the summer.
Spain has been without football since March 12, two days before the nation went into a strict lockdown, in order to battle a coronavirus outbreak which has claimed more than 22,000 lives in the country.
The Spanish league has already said that play will not resume before late May and the government's health officials, led by Illa, have the final say with regard to authorising the return of sporting activities.
Illa also appeared to dampen expectations that players would be tested for the virus, as the Spanish league wants to happen on a daily basis once training resumes.
Some players had criticised the league's plan for testing, because tests are scarce among the general public in Spain, and not recommended by authorities for people who do not show symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.
And Rafa Ramos, president of the association of Spanish football club doctors, has warned conditions will be very different if and when play does restart.