The state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the government to establish measures to avoid it from spreading. The Directorate General of Traffic together with the State’s Security Forces have established whether driving during the coronavirus is possible and in which circumstances.
Article 7 of Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14th Match governs the limitation of the free movement of people. Driving is forbidden, although it is true that there are some exceptions for extremely necessary and justified journeys to be made. If you get in the car without it being necessary or justified, you could be significantly penalised. These are the exceptions:
Don’t forget that you cannot drive for any other reason. If you do, you will face serious penalties.
In cars only one person may travel. Two people can only travel in the following most common justified circumstances: taking someone to see the doctor, accompanying disabled people or other similar justified reasons. The driver will always be in the front with the other person in the back on the opposite side.
Likewise, you must observe the recommendations that have been imposed on all citizens to avoid the risk of infection:
With regard to using motorbikes, you cannot take another person with you. Be aware that, in this case, observing the mandatory distance measures is impossible. However, where completely necessary, if you have to take a dependent or disabled person somewhere and you don’t have any other alternative, you can take them. For example, for an urgent visit to the doctor.
So now you know when and how you can drive during the coronavirus state of emergency. The best thing is to avoid making any journeys unless completely necessary and they must always be justified. You mustn’t forget that this is a temporary measure aimed at reducing the spread of the virus and that there are significant penalties if you breach these restrictions. It’s our duty to be responsible.