Spain confirms fines between €500-€2000 & jail sentence for flouting ‘lockdown’ restrictions

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has confirmed fines of between €500-€2,000 and a potential jail sentence, for anyone flouting the country’s ‘lockdown’ restrictions, imposed yesterday to contain the aggressive Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Citizen’s in the whole of Spain must respect the new rules that came into force last night, which requires everyone to stay at home, and limit all movements outside of the home to going out to buy essential food and medical supplies, travel to work, or a medical centre, or check in on a ‘vulnerable’ family member who is elderly, or has special needs.

All of the country’s law enforcement bodies, including the National Police, local police and Guardia Civil, as well as security guards of private companies are already out in full force patrolling the country’s roads, public spaces and public transport to ensure that individuals in the street are complying with the restricted movement measures.

Earlier today, Costa del Sol’s police helicopters and boats were deployed to patrol the closed beaches and warn those out for leisure purposes, even those taking a walk, to return home or face fines. It seems tourists and locals are either not clear about the new restrictions, or are simply choosing to flout the law. However, the police are not taking this lightly.

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Pepi Sappal

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