The Royal Palace of Aranjuez, seen from the Boats’ Bridge.
Aranjuez, a lovely city-municipality in the south of the Madrid Region, is a Royal Estate of the Crown
of Spain since 1560. 
In 2001 UNESCO declared its Cultural Landscape a World Heritage
Site.  At the beginning of 2021, the Madrid Regional Government declared
Aranjuez’s Las  Olivas among the places with restricted mobility
due to the high incidence of coronavirus infection.


by Jack Wright


Madrid City and the Autonomous Community of Madrid are starting off 2021 with renewed restrictions. Way to go!

As of today, Monday, 4 January, and for 14 days, you can’t come and go as you please if you live in any of the following “zonas básica de salud” (zones of basic health care) in the city and municipalities of the region.

In the city of Madrid

Virgen del Cortijo (Hortaleza)
Andrés Mellado (Chamberí)
Sanchinarro (Hortaleza)
Aravaca (Moncloa-Aravaca)
General Moscardó (Tetuán)

In the municipalities of the Madrid Region (Comunidad Autonoma de Madrid)

Marqués de la Valdavia and Alcobendas-Chopera (Alcobendas)
La Moraleja (Alcobendas))
Las Olivas (Aranjuez)
Los Alperchines y San Fernando (San Fernando de Henares)
The “área sanitaria” of Torrelodones (Torrelodones y Hoyo de Manzanares)
Mejorada del Campo
Villarejo de Salvanés
Felipe II y Alcalde Bartolomé González (Móstoles)
Getafe Norte (Getafe)
Reyes Católicos y V Centenario (San Sebastián de los Reyes

The foregoing areas have accumulated 400 cases of coronavirus contagion per 100,000 people in the last 14 days, making Madrid the third Autonomous Community of Spain with the highest number of COVID-19 positives, next only to the Balearics (530) and Extremadura (511), and for which the new restrictions have had to be implemented. The restrictions in Madrid affect some half a million residents.

Mercifully, there’s a respite: on the 6th of January, Feast of the Three Kings, all mobility restrictions are suspended.

Contradictorily, however, the curfew is not lifted and remains effective throughout Madrid from 00:00 to 06:00 hours. Go figure.

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