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Fines between 601 and 30,000 euros for those who fail to comply with lockdown decree

A deserted Alamada in Malaga city.
A deserted Alamada in Malaga city. / Salvador Salas
  • Police also have the power to arrest those who disobey the order to stay home unless absolutely necessary

The Ministry of the Interior has told the security forces that Spain is in an "extraordinary" situation and instructed them to make it a priority to ensure that everyone complies with the 15-day 'state of alarm' which came into force over the weekend.

Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska says everybody has a “civic duty” to stay at home and not go outside unless absolutely necessary, and then only for the reasons stated in the decree, and that anyone who fails to do so will be fined. Citizens are asked to take a national photo ID or passport with them if they do go out.

The security forces have been ordered to apply article 36.6 of the law of Public Safety, which means that if somebody cannot justify why they are outside their home they will be fined between 601 and 30,000 euros for disobedience or resisting authority. The amount of the fine will depend on the severity of the offence.

Anyone who is caught outside more than once or who disobeys orders from the police will be jailed for between three months and one year, under article 556 of the Penal Code. In the most extreme cases, they could go to jail for up to four years.