The Prime Minister finally addressed the nation this evening at 21.00h to explain the emergency measures, following a long day of expectation.
Restrictions on movements will come into force at 08.00h on Monday and will remain in force for the next 15 days.
Basically, the Spanish Prime Minister has decided to copy Italy’s example as far as the degree of severity goes.
All movement will be restricted to leaving your home solely for essential reasons (force majeure) such as for buying food, going to the pharmacy or attending a medical centre under certain conditions.
Staying at home does not mean going for a walk, visiting friends or relatives, although in the case of visiting aged relatives who need help over personal hygiene and feeding themselves, etc, is permitted.
From Monday, all shops that are not food shops will close, as will bars and restaurants. There will also be restrictions on purchasing food supplies to stamp out panic buying. Resupplying food shops, pharmacies and gasolineras is guaranteed.
- You can also leave home to go to work where it is not possible to work from home. However, many companies have decided to close their doors for the duration.
The government now has direct control over all police forces, regional and national and control over Spanish military personnel and resources has been transferred to the Ministry of the Interior from the Ministry of Defence.
Summing up, from Monday you can only be out onto the street if you are out purchasing food, medicine, require medical attention, are taking care of the aged or the handicap who require assistance, or are on your way to work. You can also take your dog for a walk, logically.
The Spanish Constitution also contemplates imposing fines when a State of Alarm (Alert) is in force. Details over what actions could receive a fine and the quantity have still not been made public.
As far as travelling to work by car, you can only go alone; i.e., only one person in the car and must return to your place of residence that same evening.
We shall publish more details tomorrow as they become clear. Please do not hesitate to leave any questions or observations on this web page under the “Your Questions” section which you will find in the index header.
Editorial comment: Amazingly, the PM said that visiting the hairdresser or buying press from a newsagent is included within the visits permitted.