Fines for failing to comply with the state of emergency range from 100 to 600,000 euros, depending on the severity, and can carry prison terms of three months to one year
The restriction on freedom of movement during the state of emergency due to the coronavirus virus is reflected in article 7 of Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, and has raised many doubts among citizens due to its 'legal loopholes'. One of the most frequently asked questions has been whether they are allowed to go to work with other people in the same car.
On March 15, the Civil Guard assured through their Twitter account on several occasions that carpooling to go exclusively to the places included in the decree was allowed, but yesterday they clarified: only solitary trips are allowed. Although there are exceptions.
Article 7 of Royal Decree 463/2020 and referring to the limitation of the freedom of movement of people, establishes that, during the validity of the state of emergency, people may only drive along the public roads for -among other actions- commuting to the workplace and returning to the usual place of residence.
In addition, section h) establishes that:
Any other activity of a similar nature that must be done individually, unless accompanying people with disabilities or for other justified cause.
The correct thing at this point would have been: "Any other activity of a similar nature will have to be done individually, unless accompanying people with disabilities or for other justified cause." However, the Civil Guard wanted to make it clear that both foot and vehicle travel must be carried out individually.
But there are exceptions, since the driver or pedestrian may move with people with disabilities or who require their attention, whenever justified.
The fines for failing to comply with the state of emergency range from 100 to 600,000 euros, depending on the severity, and can carry prison terms of three months to one year.
What can we do during the more than 15 days of emergency status?
Acquisition of food, pharmaceuticals and basic necessities.
Refuel at service stations.
Taking dogs for walks: short walks, without contact with other people or animals and prioritizing less busy hours.
Animal feeding in feline colonies, farms and animal protection centres.
Attendance to health centres, services and establishments.
Travel to the workplace to carry out your work, professional or business.
Return to the habitual place of residence.
Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people.
Travel to financial and insurance entities due to force majeure or need.