A Spanish court on Thursday lifted a coronavirus curfew imposed on most of Catalonia, including the capital Barcelona, leaving it in place in just a fraction of the northeastern region.
Catalonia’s government in mid-July imposed a nightly curfew between 1:00 am and 6:00 am in most municipalities to fight a surge in virus cases, and the region’s top court then gave the green light to extend it three times.
But on Friday, faced with a request by the regional government to keep the curfew in place in 148 municipalities, the High Court of Justice of Catalonia said the measure was “not justified” in 129 of them, because infection rates there had improved.
Madrid regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso yesterday
BREAKING: The Madrid region is once again under a state of alarm. The Spanish Cabinet opted for the measure, which permits for limits on movement, after failing to reach an agreement on coronavirus restrictions with the regional administration https://t.co/rJ5u2Bp91g
A Madrid court has rejected government orders to lockdown the Spanish capital
A court in Madrid, Spain has struck down a national government order that imposed a lockdown in the Spanish capital and its suburbs,.
The judge said the lockdown would ‘ravage’ the region’s economy.
Via El Pais:
The judges said that travel restrictions in and out of the cities and other limitations might be necessary to fight the spread of the virus, but that under the current legal form they were violating residents’ “fundamental rights.”
The decision means that police won’t be able to fine people for leaving their municipalities without a justification.
#BREAKING Spanish president Pedro Sánchez gives his support to the monarchy, saying king Felipe VI has “distanced himself” from Juan Carlos I, and stresses that the courts are looking into “a person, not an institution”
For those who are traveling or currently abroad, weather warnings for high temperatures have been issued for parts of Spain and Italy. Red warnings for parts of Italy. Up to 44c tomorrow in Spain🥵 pic.twitter.com/64CXulqOzM
President of the European Council Charles Michel and EU Secretary General of the EU Council Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen during a video conference with EU leaders yesterday
For ordinary people, frightened for their health, the safety of their loved ones, worrying about their rent and feeding their family after businesses shut down, the idea that Europe’s leaders spent six hours on Thursday night, squabbling over the wording of their summit conclusions in order to defer a key decision over coronavirus funds, will be incomprehensible.
Spain and Italy – ravaged by the effects of the virus on their populations and their limited public finances – were deeply disappointed. Italy was already one of the EU’s most Eurosceptic member states before Covid-19 hit.
Italian Twitter was littered with expletives on Thursday – and those were just the posts from politicians.
Now, its economy is at an enforced standstill in an effort to break the back of the epidemic. But its troubles won’t end when the virus has run its course. Given the prominence of tourism in the Italian economy (13 percent of Italy’s GDP versus 8.6 percent of Germany’s), the country faces a much harder long-term headwind to return to prosperity than many other EU states.
These would be daunting problems for a country with sovereign control of its currency. But Italy, as a Eurozone member, does not have any such control.
The Italian state cannot print money to sustain its citizenry while the economy is in lockdown. It has to beg Brussels for permission to spend — and Europe’s finance ministers are bickering about the terms under which such spending would be permitted in much the same manner that America’s senators have been.
Spain is deploying its army to help manage their coronavirus outbreak and not to be insensitive at an anxiety-inducing time but uh… I think I speak for all New Yorkers when I say, Spain, hi, can you deploy some of that in our direction? We will comply with your orders. pic.twitter.com/LyxIPsGu3g