Friday, December 3

The closure of Madrid will come into force tonight regardless of the appeal of the Ayuso Government

The restrictive measures that limit mobility in Madrid and other nine municipalities of the autonomy will come into force tonight, sources from the regional government assure “The order comes into force regardless of the resource,” say these same sources.

The Community of Madrid chaired by Isabel Díaz Ayuso will present an appeal to the National Court this Friday with which it will try to stop the order of the Ministry of Health that forces it to close perimeter –in addition to other restrictive measures– ten cities in the region, among them the capital. The regional government will ask for precautionary measures, but regardless of the resource, sources from the regional government assure, the entry into force of the restrictions imposed by Health will come into effect tonight around 10 pm. The decision to go to court divides the regional government: Ignacio Aguado, Madrid vice president, showed his disagreement this Thursday.

Faced with the escalation of COVID in this second wave of the pandemic, the Ministry of Health approved in the Interterritorial Council a series of minimum measures that will affect cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants that meet three criteria: cumulative incidence of more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a PCR positivity rate higher than 10% (both in the municipality) and ICU occupancy above 35% (in the community). Given these conditions, these are measures that will only affect Madrid capital and nine other cities in the region at this time. Both administrations had reached a prior agreement on the aforementioned thresholds, but the Community of Madrid ended up opposing the application of the restrictive measures. Finally, Isabel Díaz Ayuso has confirmed that she will comply with the order “strictly” although she plans to appeal it in court.

The regional president assured on Thursday in the Madrid Assembly during the regional plenary session, that she would abide by the measures. “This government is not in rebellion and will comply with all orders strictly,” Ayuso said. “Now, yes, we will go to court again,” continued the PP leader, who then did not report that her government planned to request precautionary measures with which it could manage to paralyze the restrictions if the judge grants them, in addition to delaying its implementation.

The agreement of the Interterritorial Council that implies closing the mobility of Madrid and other nine cities of the autonomy – Móstoles, Alcalá de Henares, Fuenlabrada, Leganés, Getafe, Alcorcón, Torrejón de Ardoz, Parla and Alcobendas – with an incidence of more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the last 14 days was published this Thursday in the Official State Gazette (BOE). The Ministry headed by Salvador Illa reported that the order was notified to the communities last night and “does not require a new publication in the BOE.”

The document gave the communities 48 hours to adopt these measures as long as they are aware that there are towns that exceed the thresholds, but in the case of the municipalities that are already affected – as occurs in ten cities in the Community of Madrid – the term is from the “notification” of the order. Therefore, the Community of Madrid had until Friday night at the latest to publish the resolution in its bulletin.