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COVID-19: State of Alarm and Update of Measures in Madrid and Castilla y León

With the aim of controlling the spread of the COVID-19-19 virus, the Spanish Government decreed, on October 25, a national State of Alarm.

The measures that have been approved both at the national and regional levels, in Madrid and Castilla y León, do not affect our academic activity, which continues as normal. IE University will inform students, faculty, and staff of any changes, in a fast and transparent manner.

During the national State of Alarm:

  • The movement of people on roads and spaces of public transport is prohibited between 23:00 and 6:00, except for essential activities. The regional authorities may advance or delay this timing in their region by one hour, so the curfew could begin between the hours of 22:00 and 00:00 and end between 5:00 and 7:00.
  • Each autonomous community may restrict the entry and exit of people of each autonomous community or city, except for essential activities.
  • Gatherings in public and private spaces is limited to a maximum of six people, except in the case of people living together. Each autonomous community may reduce the number from six, except in the case of people living together, or establish measures of flexibility. This regulation not affect labor or institutional activities.
  • Capacity in places of worship and demonstrations may be limited.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, IE University has worked in close contact with the health authorities. The measures that have been approved at the end of October both at the national level as well as at the regional level in Madrid and Castilla y León do not affect the current academic activity of our institution, which will continue as normal. If there is any change, we will inform the students, teachers and staff, in line with our policy of prompt communication and transparency.

The Government of the Community of Madrid and the Government of Castilla y León have already approved measures that remain within the state of alarm approved by the Government.  They are as follows:


Update of the situation in Madrid

The Community of Madrid has announced that, until 00:00 on Monday, November 23, 2020, entry and exit restrictions will be in force in certain basic health areas within the municipalities of: Madrid, Collado Villalba Majadahonda, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Parla, Colmenar Viejo, Morata de Tajuña, El Boalo-Cerceda-Mataelpino, Villarejo de Salvanés, Coslada, Colmenar de Oreja, Chinchón, Villaconejos, Galapagar, Moralzarzal, Alpedrete, San Martín de Valdeiglesias, and Pelayos de la Presa.  In these basic health areas, there will be strict vigilance and control of positive isolations and quarantines.
Other applicable measures are as follows:

  • Meetings in public and private spaces are limited to six people unless they are living together.
  • From 00:00 to 6:00, individuals can only circulate on public roads for essential activities.
  • Maximum capacity of university campuses and sports facilities, including university libraries, is 50%.
  • University sports facilities and student residences must close at 00:00.
  • Hospitality venues, cinemas, theaters, sports facilities, university residences, parks, gardens, and gaming and betting establishments must close at 00:00.
  • All shops not considered essential must close at 22:00 and cannot open before 06:00.
  • As a general rule, all location capacities are at a maximum of 50%, except for terraces, which remain at 75%.

    Update of the situation in Segovia (Castilla y León)The Junta de Castilla y León has declared alert level 4 (lower level of risk) in the region and has approved the application of measures to control the spread of viruses, from 00:00 on Friday, November 6 to 23:00 on Thursday December 3.

    The main measures include the following closures of:

    • sports facilities and centers for physical activity other than outdoors activities.
    • eating establishments, with exceptions that include take-out, home delivery, hotel restaurants and similar tourist offerings, health and social center services, school cafeterias, and restaurant services in work centers, among others.
    • large commercial establishments, except for food retailers, staple products, and individual establishments of less than 2,500 square meters of retail space with direct and independent access from the outside.


    These new measures will not affect the University cafeteria and outdoors sports facilities, which will continue to operate as normal.
    Previously imposed measures, which would still apply, are as follows:


    • The entry and exit of people from the territory of the Community of Castilla y León is restricted, except to carry out essential activities. The use of transport and roads that pass or cross the region is permitted provided that both origin and destination are outside the territory of the Community of Castilla y León.
    • From 22:00 to 6:00, individuals can only circulate on public roads for essential activities. Social and family gatherings continue to be limited to six people, both in public and private spaces.



    For additional information on these regulations, students can contact the Program Office