Madrid lifts coronavirus restrictions in 10 healthcare zones

Madrid lifts coronavirus restrictions in 10 healthcare zones
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Regional authorities in Madrid have lifted perimeter confinements around 10 of the 41 zones where restrictions had been in place since last month after infection rates dropped.

Residents of 10 healthcare zones can from Monday once again move freely in and out of their Basic Healthcare zone after the cumulative incidence rate dropped below 500 cases per 100,000 people within the last 14 day period.

Those newly freed zones are:

  • Guadarrama, Peña Prieta and Rafael Alberti (Puente de Vallecas)
  • San Andrés, San Cristobal and El Espinillo (Villaverde)
  • San Blas (Parla)
  • Villajero (Moratalaz)
  • Brújula and Las Fronteras (Torrejón de Ardoz)

But restrictions will remain in place in 31 other zones of the Community of Madrid until at least November 22nd. These are:

  • Pavones and Vandel (Moratalaz)
  • Puerta del Ángel (Usera)
  • Virgen de Begoña (Fuencarral-El Pardo)
  • Infanta Mercedes and Villaamil (Tetuán)
  • Núñez Morgado (Chamartín)
  • Guzmán el Bueno (Chamberí)
  • Entrevías, Pozo del Tío Raimundo, Alcalá de Guadaíra and Numancia (Puente de Vallecas)
  • Daroca (Ciudad Lineal)
  • Doctor Tamames and Barrio del Puerto (Coslada)
  • Colmenar Viejo Norte (Colmenar Viejo)
  • San Juan de la Cruz (Pozuelo de Alarcón)
  • Pintores (Parla)
  • Morata de Tajuña (Morata de Tajuña)

The restricted zones also include entire municipalities:

  • Majadahonda
  • Moralzarzal
  • Galapagar
  • Villaconejos
  • Pelayos
  • San Martín de Valdeiglesias
  • Collado Villalba
  • Chinchón
  • Alpedrete
  • El Boalo-Cerceda-Mataelpino
  • Villarejo de Salvanés
  • Colmenar de Oreja

Madrid's regional government have produced an interactive map that allows you to find the exact areas with restrictions. 

Click on Map below to discover which zones across Madrid have restrictions still in place: 

What are the restrictions? 

If you live within one of the restricted “basic health zones”  then you are 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.

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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