The Madrid regional government has introduced a series of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus which takes effect as the previous central government’s state of alarm expires today.
The new measures are imposed on the capital as well as eight other regional muncipalities. As before the region is divided into 286 “basic health areas” which allow for more accurate local lockdowns. As of yesterday 32 of which are affected.
In Madrid these are Núñez Morgado (Chamartín district); Guzmán el Bueno (Chamberí), San Andrés, San Cristóbal and El Espinillo (Villaverde); Entrevías, Peña Prieta, Alcalá de Guadaira, Rafael Alberti, Numancia and Pozo del Tío Raimundo (Puente de Vallecas); Daroca (Ciudad Lineal); Vinateros-Torito, Pavones and Vandel (Moratalaz); Puerta del Ángel (Latina); Virgen de Begoña (Fuencarral); and Infanta Mercedes and Villaamil (Tetuán).
Outside Madrid they are Collado Villalba (in the municipality of Collado Villalba); Guadarrama (Guadarrama); Majadahonda (Majadahonda); San Juan de la Cruz (Pozuelo de Alarcón); San Blas and Pintores (Parla); Colmenar Viejo Norte (Colmenar Viejo); Morata de Tajuña (Morata de Tajuña); Las Fronteras and Brújula (Torrejón de Ardoz); El Boalo (Manzanares el Real); Villarejo de Salvanes (Villarejo de Salvanes) and Colmenar de Oreja (Colmenar de Oreja).
The measures introduced are as follows:
- Maximum of six people gathering in any place whethere public or private.
- Night Curfew from 12 midnight until 0600. Prohibition of any gathering of any kind unless people live together or for exceptional circumstances and force majeure. However travel and mobility for work is permited.
- Bar service has been suspended while indoor dining capacity is limited to 50%, and has been increased from 50% to 75% on sidewalk cafés. Bars and restaurants cannot open before 6am and will have to close at 12am, with no customers permitted to enter after 11pm. This is an hour later for both time frames than under the state of alarm, meaning that these new restrictions actually increase opening hours for the hospitality sector.
- Commercial establishments and the service sector will not be able to start activity before 6am and must close at 10pm. Exceptions include essential services such as pharmacies and gas stations. Capacity has been increased from 50% under the state of alarm to 75%. This timetable is also applicable to betting houses, where the capacity will be reduced to 50%. Shopping malls that house cinemas, restaurants and other leisure services will be able to close at midnight.
- Cinemas, theatres, circuses and other establishments dedicated to recreational activities are limited to 75% capacity, unless they are multi-purpose venues such as arenas, which will remain at 40%. They must close at midnight, as will university residences.
- Sporting facilities cannot open before 6am and will have to close at midnight. Gyms will see capacity limited to 50% and groups sports to six people.
- Parks and gardens remain open and closed by 12.00.
- Funeral attendance is limited to 50% capacity.
- Chruches & places of worship is limited to 50% capacity.
- Private academies capacity is limited to 60%.