Beach is sealed off and police tell people to return home following Spain lockdownRecord ID: 1464052
- Title: Beach is sealed off and police tell people to return home following Spain lockdown
- Date: 15th March 2020
- Summary: BARCELONA, SPAIN (MARCH 15, 2020) (REUTERS) PEOPLE RUNNING ON THE PROMENADE WOMAN RIDING A BIKE ON THE PROMENADE FAMILY ARRIVING AT THE BEACH PEOPLE LYING ON THE BEACH POLICE OFFICER ASKING MAN TO LEAVE THE AREA POLICE SEALING ACCESS TO THE BEACH POLICE TALKING TO PEDESTRIAN POLICE SEALING AREA POLICE TAPE PREVENTING ACCESS TO PROMENADE WOMAN ON THE BEACH WITH HER DOG PEOPLE WALKING ON THE BEACH WOMAN ON THE BEACH (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ALBERTO, 45, TRANSPORTER, SAYING: "I had understood that the confinement and entry into force of the Royal Decree was from tomorrow so to avoid a little the burden and boredom of being at home I had gone out for a while to run. In any case, it is true that police have stopped me and told me that the Royal Decree has come into force from midnight and that the confinement is total and they told me that one cannot leave the house, so well let's go home." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLAUDE, FRENCH MARATHON RUNNER, SAYING: "There is no group, we are only two persons and there is nobody on the beach or on the streets, so it's easy for us to run in these conditions, and I think we are, before to coming to Spain, completely in good athletic form, because we prepared the marathon from two weeks ago and we think it's not a problem for us and also for the others." CLAUDE RUNNING POLICE TAPE AT PROMENADE VARIOUS OF POLICE OFFICER AT PROMENADE VARIOUS OF ALMOST EMPTY ROADS AND STREETS VARIOUS OF CLOSED PARK POLICE AT CLOSED PARK VARIOUS OF EMPTY SQUARE DOG WALKING THROUGH SQUARE POLICE VAN AT SQUARE
- Keywords: COVID-19 beach coronavirus emergency state empty streets pandemic police officer asking people to return home
- Reuters ID: LVA001C55V3GN
- Location: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- City: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Duration: 00:03:28
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text:Spaniards hunkered down in silent cities on Sunday (March 15) with children's playgrounds and beaches blocked off by police tape, after the government imposed sudden, severe restrictions on public life and the coronavirus death toll more than doubled overnight.
Around mid-day a few people were seen lying at Barcelona's beach or doing sports at the promenade before local police sealed the area and asked them to return home following the measures of the state of emergency.
Spain, the second-worst affected European country after Italy, on Saturday ordered its 47 million citizens to stay indoors except for necessary outings such as buying food and medicine. Social gatherings are banned.
The government's official coronavirus death toll rose by 152 overnight to 288. The number infected rose by 2,000 new cases to 7,753.
(Production: Ramon Pastor, Luis Felipe Castilleja, Silvio Castellanos)
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