We are in day two of a complete lockdown, shelter in place, in Madrid which is the epicenter of COVID19 in Spain.

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This is what our street looked like on returning home from Sitges/Barcelona on Sunday 15 March.
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Five days earlier on 10 March.
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This is Calle Mayor, one of the main streets through the city center.

Calle de San Cristóbal

Calle Colorero
We tried going out for a 2.5K run to a large market.
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Closing statement.  Due to the extraordinary measures that the health authorities and other institutions have been forced to take by the coronavirus.  For the benefit of all our workers, of all of society and because of the global health alert in which we have been immersed.  We hope to be able to communicate as soon as possible the reopening of our premises.
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This place is usually open 24/7.
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Calle del Arenal, a large pedestrian street leading to Puerta del Sol visible at the end.  CNN was reporting from there yesterday.  The police stopped our run here yesterday and forced us to go to a market right around the corner.
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We have spent the first two days of lockdown cooking.
Calle de la Paz
We went out shopping again today and tried to sneak around a little.  It is very hard to avoid the police.  Have also heard that the army is patrolling.  We were confronted by a private security guard who asked us to go home.

IMG_3375Plaza de Pontejos, Madrid SpainIMG_3370After dinner tonight we took a bowl of Jim’s black bean soup out to give to our local street person that we pass everyday.  He seemed genuinely thankful and the soup was still warm.  We then sneaked in a little walk going to a nearby Carrefour express.  Our thinking was that if we walked around with a bag from a grocery store we would not be harassed by the authorities as much.  Our closest very large grocery store, El Corte Inglés, is only a three minute walk away.  El Corte Inglés, headquartered in Madrid, is the largest department store group in Europe and ranks third worldwide.  We are very fortunate to have such a comprehensive very clean grocery store so close.  They supply plastic gloves at the entrance and encourage everyone to use them.  There have been no shortages of anything except eggs and ice.  This morning they only had one half dozen carton of eggs and there were only five eggs in that one.  The store has never been crowded and checkout lines are short with people queuing three meters apart.  The cashier disinfects their area between each customer.   Since we needed eggs we walked to Carrefour express and bought their last carton of eggs.  On our circuitous walk home we were stopped by a person in an unmarked car who advised us that only one person was allowed to go out and shop.  We then had to walk between four uniformed army personnel who were fanned out across the street.  They did not stop us and we took no pictures.  We took the 105 stairs home after logging about two sneaky miles.  At 8pm the balcony clapping started.  Madrilleños started this four nights ago following a campaign launched on social media to show appreciation to their healthcare workers.

In spite of the hardships to ourselves and all of the world, we applaud and support the strict measures that this wonderful country is taking to safeguard their citizens as much as possible.  We watch the news from the rest of the world and marvel at the inconsistency of what is being implemented in our home country and many others.  We would urge everyone to take this pandemic seriously and to take individual responsibility in doing all that you can to protect yourselves, your family and the rest of the world.

4 Replies to “Lockdown in España”

  1. You sound so strong! And practical! The Madrilenos sound better prepared and organized than the Americanos I have encoutnered! I hope the remainder of your visit in Spain goes well and that you remain healthy and successful getting home.

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  2. I had a similar video of clapping from balcony on my last night in Barcelona. I had no idea why it was happening. I love that it is in appreciation of their healthcare.
    Now stop sneaking out. That party is over!

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