Yesterday afternoon/evening saw queues of traffic leaving Madrid before the 22.00h border closure came into effect. Trains were similarly packed.
Having said that, the numbers involved were fewer than in March when the first Lockdown had come into force.
Many headed out on the A-3 to their second homes on the coasts of Castellón, Valencia, Alicante and Murcia. Simultaneously on the A-4, Madrileños were heading for Andalucía and Castilla-La Mancha
The ring roads that skirt Madrid (M-40 and M-50) were soon clogged starting around 14.30h with those heading south-east or south west.
But many Madrileños have their second homes in the nearby mountain areas: Sierra del Guadarrama, for example, rather than on the coasts, which is where they headed.
Not everybody was trying to get to their second homes, however, as many young people studying or working in Madrid just wanted to get back to their families in other parts of the country.
The fact is that until the Lockdown came into effect, there was no legal way of stopping this exodus and the consequences that it will have at their point of arrival. One thing is for sure, they won’t be welcomed with open arms.