Madrid activates new measures against the pandemic on Monday

Madrid will launch tomorrow, Monday, a series of new measures aimed at trying to contain the advance of the coronavirus in the region, such as the limitation of ten people in public and private meetings, the prohibition of dances at weddings or the prohibition of the public in bullfighting festivals.

These measures, announced by the regional government last Friday, will be applied after their publication in the Official Gazette of the Community of Madrid (BOCM) and they will be reviewed every fortnight to adapt them according to the evolution of the pandemic.

To prevent the spread of the virus, meetings in public and private spaces are limited to ten people -with some exceptions-, when until now the restriction was only effective in public spaces or on the street, but not in private spaces, where even now it was only recommended.

Several people enjoy a terrace in the Plaza de Felipe II in Madrid.

Dances and the installation of bars are also prohibited in weddings and communions celebrations, where diners will have to remain seated to consume food and drink.

In addition, the capacity goes from 75% to 60% in this type of celebration, in places of worship and in cemeteries and funeral homes.

The open air wakes will have a maximum of 50 people, the closed ones of 25 and the funerals and crematories a maximum of 50 attendees.

The Community of Madrid has set a distance of 1.5 meters between the chairs corresponding to each of the tables in hospitality establishments, such as bars and restaurants, a separation that until now was only necessary between the tables themselves, and the bars of catering establishments will have to limit their capacity to 50%.

Public attendance at bullfighting celebrations, which until now could have a maximum capacity of 75%, will be prohibited, and public or recreational entertainment activities in venues and spaces that are not regularly dedicated to such activities will not be authorized.

Queues at the Prado Museum entrance, this Friday in Madrid.
Queues at the Prado Museum entrance, this Friday in Madrid.

It also drops to 60% the capacity allowed in betting shops, casinos, racetracks, recreational centers, amusement parks or zoos, while in multipurpose multipurpose rooms it will be reduced from 50% to 40%.

In monuments and museums, the maximum number of visitors for group visits will increase from 25 to 10, and tour guides will have to work with groups of no more than 10 people.

On Friday, in the presentation of these measures, the Madrid Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero placeholder image, affirmed that the situation of the pandemic is “stable” and “controlled” in the community of Madrid, although he specified that “that does not mean that we are worried.”

He coronavirus It has continued to rise since the end of July in the Community of Madrid, where the number of infections is one third of those registered in all of Spain.