Regional authorities said instead that the decision had no legal basis, creating the conditions for a political conflict in the region where more than a third of the 133,604 new cases of coronavirus detected in the last two weeks were registered, Reuters reports.
“Madrid’s health is the health of Spain,” Health Minister Salvador Illa told a news conference announcing the new measures, which will take effect in the coming days.
The Spanish capital, which has more than 3 million inhabitants and nine adjacent municipalities, each with at least 100,000 inhabitants each, will be closed to people outside it for non-essential travel, the government said.
People will be able to travel for work, school, doctor’s visits or shopping, but not for leisure.
Other measures include the closing of bars and restaurants at 11.00, compared to 1:00, which was the previous limit. Parks and playgrounds will also be closed.
Social gatherings will be limited to six people.
Madrid has 735 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest rates in any region of Europe and double the national rate.
The extensive restrictions announced by the Spanish government are rejected by regional authorities.
“The decision is not legal,” said Regional Health Minister Ruiz Escudero, who said no action could be taken by regional authorities to oppose quarantine.
The political polarization of the pandemic exasperated the citizens of Spain, where a total of 769,188 cases of coronavirus were recorded, most of them in Western Europe, and 31,791 deaths.