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Madrid imposes new restrictions in bid to halt coronavirus third wave

Madrid has seen infections soar since the holidays with regional authorities announcing new confinement restrictions on 23 basic healthcare zones and nine municipalities across the Community from Monday.

Madrid imposes new restrictions in bid to halt coronavirus third wave
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The new restrictions will come into force at midnight on Sunday night and last until at least midnight on Sunday January 24th.

Restrictions were already in place in 18 healthcare zones and 5 municipalities across the region and will remain so for at least two weeks until January 18th.

This means that residents are confined in a total of 41 healthcare zones and 14 municpalities across the Madrid region affecting more than 1.2 million people.

Check this interactive map to discover which zones in Madrid are under new restrictions:

The number of new cases in Madrid is once again rising as this next chart shows: 

 

These are the zones within Madrid City limits that are under restrictions: 

And these: 

 

Madrid authorities have been attempting to control the spread of coronavirus by isolating residents within Zonas Básicas de Salud, designated areas determined by the regional health authorities, when the cumulative incidence rate reaches dangerous levels. 

If you locate where you live and examine the data you can find out whether the cumulative incident rate of new cases over the last 14 days. 

In Spanish this is called the “Tasa de incidencia acumulada de los últimos 14 días”.
 
If it is over 400 cases per 100,000 people 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.

What are the 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 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.

Madrid's director of public health, Elena Andradas said on Friday that authorities are looking are ways to make the limits of confined zones clearer perhaps with markers on the street.

 

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.

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Spain announces end of public transport face mask rule

Spain's Health Minister has announced that in the coming days masks will no longer be mandatory on planes, buses, trains, taxis and other means of public transport.

Spain announces end of public transport face mask rule

Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias on Thursday confirmed that face masks would no longer be compulsory on public transport, a measure which has been in place in Spain for almost three years. 

“I will raise the proposal of eliminating the mandatory use of masks on public transport”, she said, adding that next week she will convene with the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System to “put this measure into effect”.  

Darias did not specify exactly when this would happen, although government agreements are usually approved the following day in the Official State Gazette (BOE), so the official end to the mask rule looks set to be on February 8th.

The minister did clarify however that masks would still be mandatory in health settings such as health centres and hospitals “as health experts advise”. 

Last week, Darias reported the possibility of eliminating the mandatory mask rule in pharmacies, but this is currently being “weighed up” by health experts.  

Manuel Franco, an expert in Public Health and a member of the Spanish Society of Public Health and Sanitary Administration (Sespas) explained that “the World Health Organisation (WHO) is already considering the decision to lift the public health emergency warning for Covid-19” and adds that “if this goes ahead, it would make no sense to maintain the mask rule”.  

The use of masks ceased to be mandatory outdoors almost a year ago, on February 10th, 2022.

Then, two months later on April 20th, the government announced they wouldn’t be required indoors either, except in health centres and on public transport. 

The latest bulletin of Sentinel Surveillance of Acute Respiratory Infection in Primary Care (ARIs) and in Hospitals (SARI), announced a drop in infections and hospitalisations and said that the rates for Covid-19 remain stable.

The decision to end the mask rule in February comes after health experts who advise the Spanish Ministry of Health said that masks should no longer be required on public transport

On Wednesday, January 25th the director of the Health Alerts and Emergencies Coordination Centre of the Ministry of Health (CCAES), Fernando Simón, assured that the end of the mask rule on transport would be announced “shortly” either “next week or the following”.  

Then, on Thursday morning, government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, stated that the decision to remove the mask on public transport would be taken “immediately, when possible”, but pointed out that the government was looking at the situation in China first. 

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