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Spain declares a national lockdown

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:24pm
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Spain has declared a national lockdown.

You can read the full declaration here (in Spanish): 

https://www.boe.es/diario_boe/txt.php?id=BOE-A-2020-3692

And also:

https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/consejodeministros/resumenes/Paginas/2020/14032020_alarma.aspx

Here are the details from the Guardian in English:

"The Spanish government has formally declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus, placing the country in lockdown and ordering people to stay at home for the next two weeks unless they have to buy food or medicine or go to work or hospital.

The prime minister confirmed that people would be required to stay home from Monday morning and that all non-essential shops would close, along with bars, restaurants, cafes and cinemas.

Supermarkets, small food shops, pharmacies, petrols stations and pet supply shops are among those businesses that will remain open.

He said: “During the state of emergency, people will only be allowed out on to public streets for the following reasons: to buy food, basic or pharmaceutical items; to attend medical centres; to go to and from work; to look after children, older people or those with disabilities or who are especially vulnerable, and to attend financial or insurance offices on force majeure grounds.”

Speaking after a seven-hour cabinet meeting on Saturday evening, the prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said “extraordinary decisions” needed to be taken as Spain grappled with a “health, social and economic crisis”.

Sánchez said the central government would direct the response and that all the local, national and regional police forces would come under the command of the interior ministry. He also said that the army was standing by and ready to help with the emergency response.

Sánchez acknowledged that the measures needed to tackle the coronavirus would have a “big economic impact” but said the government was committed to mitigating its effects."

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/mar/14/coronavirus-live-updates-uk-us-australia-italy-europe-school-shutdown-sport-events-cancelled-latest-update-news?page=with:block-5e6d45f48f085e564ad843b0#block-5e6d45f48f085e564ad843b0

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:51am

I hope the government wont close Alicante airport as so many foreigner would want to go back to their country.

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:49am

For those who prefer to see the source document, rather than e.g. press reports, the enabling legislation is Real Decreto 463/2020, and it can be found here:

https://www.boe.es/diario_boe/txt.php?id=BOE-A-2020-3692

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:19am

The UK media are at it again. Spain has not declared a State of Emergency but has declared a State of Alarm which is one one step down from an emergency & two steps down from the ultimate State of Siege. I have read the statement that the PM gave ( in Spanish of course) and it definitely states 'ALARM' not emergency.

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:33am

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:33am

Buffolobill wrote on Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:19am:

The UK media are at it again. Spain has not declared a State of Emergency but has declared a State of Alarm which is one one step down from an emergency & two steps down from the ultimate State of Siege. I have read the statement that the PM gave ( in Spanish of course) and it definitely stat...

...es 'ALARM' not emergency.

Quite correct - it's:

Declaración del estado de alarma

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:25am

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:25am

jimtaylor wrote on Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:49am:

For those who prefer to see the source document, rather than e.g. press reports, the enabling legislation is Real Decreto 463/2020, and it can be found here:

https://www.boe.es/diario_boe/txt.php?id=BOE-A-2020-3692

Thank you Jim, I've added this link as the first link in my post above. Just out of interest, do you know what the lamoncloa.gob.es website is compared to the boe.es website?

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:28am

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:28am

Alex wrote on Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:25am:

Thank you Jim, I've added this link as the first link in my post above. Just out of interest, do you know what the lamoncloa.gob.es website is compared to the boe.es website?

Is this any good Alex:

https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/Paginas/index.aspx

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:54am

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:54am

La Moncloa, as I understand it, is the top level government website or, as some people regard it, the prime minister's website.

BoE is the website of the Agencia Estatal Boletín Oficial del Estado, where all the national legislation is published. 

It's similar to Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) in the UK.

One of the things about BoE that I like is not only that it really is the horse's mouth, and that they publish the original laws, but they also publish 'consolidated' laws which include all subsequent amendments. That means that I don't have to look at a bit of legislation and then all subsequent changes, which used to take ages, and can now see everything in the one document.

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:59am

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:59am

jimtaylor wrote on Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:54am:

La Moncloa, as I understand it, is the top level government website or, as some people regard it, the prime minister's website.

BoE is the website of the Agencia Estatal Boletín Oficial del Estado, where all the national legislation is published. 

It's similar to Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) in the UK.

One of the things about BoE that I like is not only that it really is the horse's mouth, and that they publish the original laws, but they also publish 'consolidated' laws which include all subsequent amendments. That means that I don't have to look at a bit of legislation and then all subsequent changes, which used to take ages, and can now see everything in the one document.

Thank you Jim, very helpful. Please let me know if there is anything I can do on the website to help people. I am thinking of creating an extra forum section called "Help requests and offers for vulnerable neighbours during Coronavirus" to help anyone in need.

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:05am

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Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:05am

That's an excellent, and thoughtful, suggestion Alex.

Margaret (81 and cancer) and myself (74 and ischaemia) are well in the risk group. With a nearly empty freezer we'll have to go shopping. Normally we'd go early when it's quiet, but I'd guess that this next couple of weeks everyone will be going early whilst there's a chance of finding shelves with stock on them.

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