In the Basque Country, The police threatened to punish a man for cycling to the factory where he works on the basis that movement is prohibited and he should therefore take public transport. The government’s emergency decree states that cycling is only allowed in cases of Force majeure, but it is not clear what this would mean.
The cyclist would have had even more problems if he had lived in Madrid, where Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida said that the local police will not be tolerant of those who say they are going to work, but none of their employers Submit signed certificate to prove it.
María José, a nursing assistant in Madrid, was one of the unfortunate ones. On Saturday, a police officer stopped her while she was on the way to deliver food to her older parents and punished her for driving her daughter in the car. She had followed the rule that allows Spaniards to buy groceries, as well as the rule that they always have to leave the house alone. But when she came back from the supermarket, she stopped to pick up her daughter – and paid the price.
“The policeman told me that they would punish me for not allowing two people to travel together at the front [of the car] and without a mask, ”she said Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
You cannot train in Spain, but you can walk your dog. However, do not try to go for a walk with other animals, otherwise you will get into trouble. The police have fined or warned people in recent days for walking goat, a chicken and um, a crab. To be very clear, the Catalan police have stated that the ban extends to canaries and Vietnamese pigs with big bellies.
Spaniards are not deterred. You can punish a human being, that’s what they think, but you can’t punish a dinosaur! Sightings of dinosaurs (or maybe people in dinosaur costumes) have been reported across the country throw away the trash, Roaming free of charge … and stopped by the police.
Blocking rules can be a problem not only in Spain. In Brussels, POLITICO reporter Melissa Heikkilä had the most expensive croissant of her life when she was fined for going for a walk. Walks are “encouraged,” she was told, but you mustn’t stop. The size of the fine? Between 250 and 500 euros.
In the Netherlands, which is thought to tackle the crisis more loosely than most, you can still celebrate your birthday with your three best friends, provided you keep your distance when blowing out the candles. What if your house is too small to keep enough distance? Then, according to Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus, you have to cancel your party. “If we all get through this, we can have lots of parties,” he said.
During his stay in the Netherlands, a Dutchman who deliberately coughed up two police officers and shouted that he wanted to infect them with the corona virus was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison. In the Netherlands, there were more than 10 cases of “corona cough,” a prosecutor spokesman told the local media.
Meanwhile, hesitant lovers were advised to take the plunge to fight the coronavirus. England’s deputy chief medical officer, Jenny Harries, said couples who live separately should apply the UK’s new social distance rules to make a decision: move in or deal with a potentially long period of time.
“If you are two people, two halves of the couple who are currently in separate households, they should ideally stay in their households.” Harries said at a press conference on Downing Street.
“The alternative could be to test the strength of your relationship for a longer period of time and decide whether you want to live in another household permanently,” she added. “What we don’t want are people who get in and out of households.”
In the meantime, the Slovaks rebelled against the country’s regulations and prohibited them from being in public without a mask or other face protection. Train traffic from Bratislava was postponed on Thursday because several passengers refused to wear protective masks and attacked train staff when asked to do so SMEs reported daily.
It seems certain that behavioral researchers will be busy for a long time after the end of this crisis.
Melissa Heikkilä, Eline Schaart, Charlie Cooper and Siegfried Mortkowitz contributed to the reporting.