Madrid Agrees to Close Borders

SPN Ayuso vs IllaThe Central Government announced that Madrid will have to close its borders to the rest of the country by midnight, tonight.

The President of the Madrid Regional Government, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has finally said that she will obey the order handed down by the Central Government but will take the order to court as “anti-constitutional.”

Five other regional governments voted against this closure, but they all belong to the the same party as Sra. Ayuso, (Partido Popular) with the exception of Cataluña, which is headed by separatist parties. The rest of the 17 autonomous regional parliaments voted in favour.

The only PP-run regional government to support the Central Government’s move is the Castilla-León one, which shares a border with Madrid.

This closure of borders, be they regional, provincial or municipal, obeys the following criteria: over 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; 35% of ICU beds occupied by Covid patients; and over 10% of PCRs giving positive results. Madrid fails on all three points: 695 per 100,000; 42% ICU beds occupied by Covid patients and – this is the worse point – 19.5% of tests coming back positive; that’s one in five.

Health Minister Salvador Illa has given little time for Sra. Ayuso to procrastinate further, with the publishing of the decision in the Official State Gazette (BOE) this morning with the deadline, affecting around five million inhabitants of Madrid coming into force tomorrow at midnight.

Editorial comment: It was the PP that refused to extend the gradual easing of the Lockdown phases, turning the final phases into a precipitated mess. Their argument was that regional governments were better suited to handling the situation.

When the second wave hit the PP accused the Central Government of not taking steps to handle the situation despite having demanded to manage the situation themselves.

The sad fact is that the PP opposition party has been using the Madrileño regional government under Ayuso as a battering ram against the Central Government at the expense of the health of the people in that region.

(News: Madrid)

  4 comments for “Madrid Agrees to Close Borders

  1. John O'Connor
    October 3, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Madrid hasn’t been cut off from the world. You can still enter and leave Madrid for various reasons, including transit. This really only effects people in Madrid who are registered at an address in Madrid. So if you are leaving Madrid and your NIE or DNI says you live in Malaga there is no problem as you are returning home. If you don’t live in Spain then obviously the authorities can’t stop you leaving Madrid. The airport is still operating.

  2. October 2, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Gene has answered your question, Clive, which basially says as long as you are passing through, there is no problem.

  3. Gene
    October 2, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Circulación por las carreteras. La circulación por carreteras y viales que transcurran o atraviesen los municipios confinados se permitirá cuando tenga origen y destino fuera de los mismos, según contempla la orden de Sanidad.

  4. Clive
    October 2, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Can I drive past Madrid non stop on the way to Jaen?

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