- Mar 6, 2004
Around 1.1 million fines were issued to thousands of people who violated stay-at-home orders that began in the spring of 2020.
Spanish citizens who were fined for violating a nearly three-month COVID-19 lockdown last spring will be reimbursed, the Associated Press reported.
In the announcement Friday, the Ministry of Territorial Affairs said the measure would apply to the 1.1 million fines that were issued to hundreds of thousands of people for violating stay-at-home orders that began in March 2020, The New York Times reported.
Not every fine that was issued has been paid, AP reported. Spain said it collected around 115 million euros, or $134 million, in fines as of July, The Times reported.
In March 2020, Spain ordered its 47 million residents to stay home as the novel coronavirus spread across the country, The Washington Post reported. It was the second European country, after Italy, to order a nationwide lockdown.
The measure, initially a 15-day state-of-emergency, was extended as the virus continued to spread.
Spain's lockdown was one of the strictest in the world, prohibiting even children from going outside to play, The Times reported.
"I've forgotten what it's like to be on a street," 9-year-old Lia Aparicio Cenador told The Times in April 2020.
The decision to reimburse the fines that were paid came after a July ruling by Spain's Constitutional Court that said the government had overstepped its powers and violated freedom of movement rights, The Times reported.