The border of the Madrid autonomous community closes tonight at midnight for the San Jose bank holiday long weekend.
The closure by order of the central government’s Inter-Territorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) is to be in force until midnight on Monday 22nd March.
The same measures will also be in place for the Easter week from March 26th until April 9th inclusive.
No travel is permitted outside the region unless for justified reasons including work, education or medical matters and appointments.
The Madrid regional government of Isabel Diaz Ayuso had voted against the decision at the Inter-Territorial Council meeting and had filed an unsuccessful petition to the courts to have the decision reversed.
The closure is part of the wider effort to contain the coronavirus spread to other parts of Spain.
Madrid has the highest incidence rate on the mainland and over double the rate in neighbouring Castilla La Mancha and Castilla y Leon.
The latest infection rate figures have shown that the overall drop has slowed and in some regions the slowdown has bottomed out.
The San Jose bank holiday is not a national holiday but is celebrated in Madrid, Valencia, Galicia, Murcia, Navarra and the Basque Country.