Madrid imposes new coronavirus restrictions from Monday

Regional authorities in Madrid decided to impose new restrictions on daily life in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus in the Spanish capital. The new measures will be in place from Monday for at least 15 days, the regional premier Isabel Diaz Ayuso announced on Friday.

Limits will be placed on group gatherings with no more than 10 people allowed to gather socially, not just in public places but also in private homes. While occupation will be reduced to 50% in bars inside and on terraces, people must be seated at least 1.5metres apart from each other. Occupation is also reduced from 75 to 60% capacity at places of worship and at funerals, weddings and communions. And from 75 % to 60 % at casinos, betting shops, sports centres, zoos and theme parks. The restrictions also limit guided tours to ten people.

The exact measures will be published in the Official Gazette on Monday.

Madrid’s health authority said it would once again prepare hotels to be converted into medical centres for the treatment of coronavirus patients in case they were needed to relieve pressure on the capital’s hospitals.

The region will also double the number of people trained to act as “tracers” to identify those at risk after being exposed to someone newly diagnosed with covid-19 from the current 566 to 1,100.

It will also purchase 2m antigen tests which can provide results within 15 minutes. 

The measures were announced on Friday after a day that saw 2,859 new cases diagnosed  across the Madrid region and 23 deaths attributed to Covid-19.

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