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MAP: Which zones in Madrid have restrictions and what are they?

Madrid has imposed perimeter confinement on the worst hit healthzones of the region. Here's what you need to know:

MAP: Which zones in Madrid have restrictions and what are they?
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UPDATE: On Monday November 16th, regional health authorities in Madrid lifted restrictions on ten of the healthcare zones that had been under perimeter confinement. For the updated information CLICK HERE.

The regional government of the Comunidad de Madrid have imposed new restrictions on another six “Zonas Básicas de Salud”  that have high rates of coronavirus infections.

These join 35 other healthcare zones within the Madrid region that already had perimeter confinements in place and have now been extended to at least November 22nd.

But even if you live in Madrid you may be wondering what a  Zonas Básicas de Salud is and how you find out which one you live in.

These are designated areas determined by the regional health authorities and you can find out where they are by exploring the map produced by the Madrid government below.

If you locate where you live and examine the data you can find out whether the accumulative incident rate of new cases over the last 14 days is over 500 per 100,000 inhabitants. 

In Spanish this is called the “Tasa de incidencia acumulada de los últimos 14 días”.
 
If it is then you are likely to be within the “quarantine zone”.
 
Click on the interactive map below and hover over the area you want to check and a box will appear with all the latest epidemiological information.
 
 
The deeper the colour purple, the higher the incidence rate.
 
 
The figure circled here in blue is the one you need to look out for and if it is over 500 per 100,000 then the “health zone” will likely be a restricted area, although there are zones which appear to be above the limit but are not included among the confined areas. 
 
The regional government has produced these maps to highlights the restricted healthcare zones (ZBS) within the region.
 

 

On October 26th, Madrid regional authorities placed 32 zones under perimetral confinement, a measure that was extended to last until at least November 22nd.

Within the capital itself the confined districts are; Núñez Morgado (Charmartín), Guzmán el Bueno (Chamberí), San Andrés, San Cristóbal and El Espinillo (Villaverde); Entrevías, Peña Prieta, Pozo del Tío Raimundo, Alcalá de Guadaíra, Rafael Alberti and Numancia (Puente de Vallecas); Daroca (Ciudad Lineal); Vinateros Torito, Pavones and Vandel (Moratalaz); Puerta del Ángel (Latina); Virgen de Begoña (Fuencarral-El Pardo); Infanta Mercedes and Villaamil (Tetuán).

Collado Villalba Pueblo (Collado Villalba), Guadarrama (Guadarrama); Majadahonda and Valle de Oliva (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 Brújulas (Torrejón de Ardoz) Barrio del Puerto and Doctor Tamames (Coslada)

On November, 2nd a further three zones were put under the same restrictions, these are: El Boalo (Manzanares el Real), Villarejo de Salvanés and Colmenar de Oreja.

On Monday November 9th another six zones across 8 municpalities were added to the restricted list: These are Chinchón and Villaconejos (Colmenar de Oreja), San Martín de Valdeiglesias and Pelayos de la Presa (San Martín de Valdeiglesias), Moralzarzal, Alpedrete, Galapagar, Sierra de Guadarrama and Collado Villalba.

For a full list of all the healthcare zones in Madrid plus detailed maps of the exact streets they cover, check out this list provided by Madrid's regional government.
 

What are the new restrictions? 

If you live within one of the restricted “basic health zones”  then you will as of Monday only be allowed to leave the zone to go to work, seek medical care or take their children to school or because of a “force majuere”.

All bars and restaurants will have to reduce their capacity by 50 percent, children's playgrounds will be closed.

Residents of the areas affected will be allowed to move around freely inside their zone but no one from outside will be allowed in.

As well as the measures in place in these restricted heathcare zones, Madrid has a curfew in place from midnight to 6am and meetings are limited to groups of 6.

How long will they last? 

The restrictions are currently set to expire on November 22nd but if there are not significant improvements in infections rates then authorities may keep some zones under restrictions for longer. 

How will the new restrictions be policed?

Local police officers, supported by the National Police and the Civil Guard, will be in place to ensure that residents of the affected areas respect the rules.

Anyone caught in breach of the new restrictions could face a fine of between €60 and €600 for a minor infraction and up to €600,000 for a serious one.

New rules

Basically, you must stay within your restricted zone unless you have to travel outside it for work, study, or take your children to school. You can also leave if you have to visit dependents or if you need to seek medical attention or attend a legal or administrative appointment.

Shops and restaurants will remain open but at half the capacity that they are normally allowed and they must shut by midnight allowing last people in by 11pm..

All social groups must not exceed six people and that is across the whole of the region of Madrid,  not just the restricted areas.

Plus the within restricted zones parks and public spaces such as childrens playgrounds are closed.

Cinemas, theatres, libraries and sports centres will remain open but with a limited capacity.

Home delivery is allowed.

Permits

People who need to exit or enter a restricted zone must carry a form which they can download from the internet and fill out in order to justify their trip. These must be carried at all times and shown if required when stopped by police at the checkpoints.

They will have to fill out with ID number, address, place of work and reason for movement and must be signed by one's employer. 

They can be downloaded HERE. or by clicking through on tweet below.

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Spain rules out EU’s advice on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination 

Spain’s Health Ministry said Thursday there will be no mandatory vaccination in the country following the European Commission’s advice to Member States to “think about it” and Germany’s announcement that it will make vaccines compulsory in February.

Spain rules out EU's advice on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination 
A Spanish man being vaccinated poses with a custom-made T-shirt showing Spain's chief epidimiologist Fernando Simón striking a 'Dirty Harry/Clint Eastwood' pose over the words "What part of keep a two-metre distance don't you understand?' Photo: José Jordan

Spain’s Health Minister Carolina Darias on Thursday told journalists Covid-19 vaccines will continue to be voluntary in Spain given the “very high awareness of the population” with regard to the benefits of vaccination.

This follows the words of European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday, urging Member States to “think about mandatory vaccination” as more cases of the Omicron variant are detected across Europe. 

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“I can understand that countries with low vaccine coverage are contemplating this and that Von der Leyen is considering opening up a debate, but in our country the situation is absolutely different,” Darias said at the press conference following her meeting with Spain’s Interterritorial Health Council.

According to the national health minister,  this was also “the general belief” of regional health leaders of each of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities she had just been in discussion with over Christmas Covid measures. 

READ MORE: Spain rules out new restrictions against Omicron variant

Almost 80 percent of Spain’s total population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, a figure which is around 10 percent higher if looking at those who are eligible for the vaccine (over 12s). 

It has the highest vaccination rate among Europe’s most populous countries.

Germany announced tough new restrictions on Thursday in a bid to contain its fourth wave of Covid-19 aimed largely at the country’s unvaccinated people, with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking in favour of compulsory vaccinations, which the German parliament is due to vote on soon.

Austria has also already said it will make Covid-19 vaccines compulsory next February, Belgium is also considering it and Greece on Tuesday said it will make vaccination obligatory for those over 60.

But for Spain, strict Covid-19 vaccination rules have never been on the table, having said from the start that getting the Covid-19 jabs was voluntary. 

There’s also a huge legal implication to imposing such a rule which Spanish courts are unlikely to look on favourably. 

Stricter Covid restrictions and the country’s two states of alarm, the first resulting in a full national lockdown from March to May 2020, have both been deemed unconstitutional by Spain’s Constitutional Court. 

READ ALSO: Could Spain lock down its unvaccinated or make Covid vaccines compulsory?

The Covid-19 health pass to access indoor public spaces was also until recently consistently rejected by regional high courts for breaching fundamental rights, although judges have changed their stance favouring this Covid certificate over old Covid-19 restrictions that affect the whole population.

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“In Spain what we have to do is to continue vaccinating as we have done until now” Darias added. 

“Spaniards understand that vaccines are not only a right, they are an obligation because we protect others with them”.

What Spanish health authorities are still considering is whether to vaccinate their 5 to 11 year olds after the go-ahead from the European Medicines Agency, with regions such as Madrid claiming they will start vaccinating their young children in December despite there being no official confirmation from Spain’s Vaccine Committee yet.

READ MORE: Will Spain soon vaccinate its children under 12?

Spain’s infection rate continues to rise day by day, jumping 17 points up to 234 cases per 100,000 people on Thursday. There are now also five confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the country, one through community transmission.

Hospital bed occupancy with Covid patients has also risen slightly nationwide to 3.3 percent, as has ICU Covid occupancy which now stands at 8.4 percent, but the Spanish government insists these figures are “almost three times lower” than during previous waves of the coronavirus pandemic.

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