Madrid extends Covid restrictions with 27 percent of population now in confined zones

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Madrid extends Covid restrictions with 27 percent of population now in confined zones
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The regional government of the Community of Madrid has extended perimetral confinement to include 30 municipalities and 71 basic healthcare zones.


The restrictions, which limit movement in and out of the boundaries except for those with justified cause such as work, study or to visit vulnerable dependents, come into force on Monday and will last at least until February 15.

This means that 1.8 million people, around 27 percent of Madrileños, now live within a restricted zone.

The latest data from Madrid’s health ministry shows that infections have risen by 16 percent  last week.

Regional authorities have stopped short of the measures currently in place in many other parts of Spain and are keeping restaurants and bars open until 9pm although they capped social groups to four people and have banned socializing in private homes.

A week ago the curfew was brought forward to 10pm.


To check which zones are restricted click on the interactive map below:


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 10pm to 6am and meetings are limited to groups of 4 in public and banned at home.


How will the 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.



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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