Schools across Spain have been suspended until at least Wednesday, the Education Ministry announced.
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— Salud Pública (@SaludPublicaEs) January 11, 2021
In Madrid authorities originally said schools would be closed Monday and Tuesday but then announced that they couldn't be opened until Monday December 18th.
The premier of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso said: “It is necessary to fix damage [to schools] and guarantee a safe return to the classroom after the snow and the cold.”
All classes will be suspended on Tuesday, with remote learning resuming from Wednesday.
? Suspendemos todas las clases presenciales en la Comunidad de Madrid hasta el lunes 18. Serán telemáticas desde este miércoles 13.
Es necesario arreglar desperfectos y garantizar una vuelta segura a las aulas tras el temporal de nieve y frío.
— Isabel Díaz Ayuso (@IdiazAyuso) January 11, 2021
Officials have asked people to stay at home if possible after Storm Filomena brought the heaviest snowfall in the region for 50 years, killing three people.
The army also had to clear the snow from Madrid airport, with some flights resuming on Sunday.
However, by Monday morning in Madrid, only main roads had been cleared of snow, with most pavements, smaller roads and residential areas still covered.
Residents heeded the government's call to stay at home, with the capital's streets all but deserted.
Throughout the weekend, people had been responding to calls to help clear vital paths in their neighbourhoods to allow access to hospitals.
“All of our friends agreed to come this morning just to clear the way from the bus stop to the psychiatry building of the Gregorio Maranon Hospital,” said 22-year-old Rocio Sedano.
“We want people to be able to walk safely.”
The Madrid region, among the worst hit areas with levels of snowfall not seen since 1971, announced all educational and cultural institutions would be closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Courts would remain closed until Wednesday, officials said.
The government has insisted the travel chaos will not affect the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, with 350,000 doses due to be doled out nationwide on Monday.