Weekend Herald

Madrid court blocks lock­down

- Madrid

A Madrid court blocked an or­der to lock down the cap­i­tal be­cause it im­pinged on res­i­dents’ ba­sic free­doms, throw­ing into chaos the coro­n­avirus re­sponse in Europe’s worst- hit city. Re­stric­tions in­tro­duced week ban­ning peo­ple from non- es­sen­tial travel in and out of the cap­i­tal were ruled to be un­law­ful in­va­sions of fun­da­men­tal free­dom by the re­gional supreme court. A rule of six lim­it­ing so­cial gath­er­ings and a 50 per cent ca­pac­ity rule on all pub­lic in­door spaces were un­der­stood to still be in force, how­ever. In a re­mark­able turn of events, the judges’ de­ci­sion left the pres­i­dent of the re­gional gov­ern­ment plead­ing with Madrid res­i­dents not to em­bark on jour­neys to mark a three­day hol­i­day week­end, de­spite the fact her gov­ern­ment had op­posed the lock­down and chal­lenged it in court.

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