This Easter, stay at home too

03/04/2020 - 09:28

Covid-19. The Guàrdia Urbana and the Mossos d’Esquadra will be reinforcing the police controls at Barcelona’s exitways to guarantee that journeys are only being made by people who are authorised to do so.

New mobility restriction measures came into force this week, bringing about the largest drop to date in the number of journeys recorded in the city and an 80.4% reduction in the use of private vehicles. There has also been an 89.4% drop in the number of accidents.

With Easter week upon us, Barcelona City Council is asking city residents not to move around the city unless there is an extreme need or you require essential services.

Given the health emergency situation caused by COVID-19, and in accordance with Royal Decree (RD 463/2020), declaring the state of emergency, the city government would like to remind citizens of their obligation to stay at home this year and not provoke a mass exodus from the city.

To guarantee that no non-authorised journeys are made, the Guàrdia Urbana [city police] and the Mossos d’Esquadra [regional police force] will be launching a special operation, which will consist in reinforcing check points at the main exitways from the Catalan capital. A total of 136 officers from the two police forces will be deployed to a dozen access points on different days to ensure that the decreed mobility restrictions are complied with.

80% less cars and 89% less accidents in the city

Barcelona City Council would like to express their continued appreciation for the effort being made every day by thousands of people to stay at home.  This week, the new mobility restriction measures approved by the central government on 29 March came into force, bringing about the largest drop to date in the number of journeys recorded in the city.

Regarding the use of private vehicles, the overall daily drop (0-24 hours) in the city of Barcelona stands at 80.4%.

During rush hour on 2 April (7-10 am), a 78.1% reduction in traffic was recorded. Broken down by area, there was a 79.7% reduction in the volume of traffic at the city’s accesses, a 79.9% reduction inside the city, and a 71.1% reduction on Barcelona’s ring roads.

Notably, on Monday 16 March, the first working day after the state of emergency was declared, the reductions recorded in the same time frame were 41.5% at the city’s accesses, 44.6% inside the city, and 39.8% on the ring roads.

Decreased mobility also resulted in a huge drop of 89.4% in the number of accidents produced in the city between 16 and 29 de March 2020, compared with the same two-week period in 2019. The total number of accidents was 42, none of which were serious.

Free public transport and a drop in user numbers

Regarding public transport, on 2 Aprilthe temporary suspension of the payment of fares for people who have to carry out vital activities and provide essential services came into force. On the first day these measures were applied, there was a further drop in the number of public transport service users.

At 7 am, the number of travellers using the metro was 77.3% less than the usual figure, and at 9 am there was a huge 90% less passengers. The drop in number of bus users stands at 95%.

Similar reductions of between 91% and 95% in the number of passengers were recorded for the other public transport operators, the Renfe-Rodalies regional service, the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC) commuter trains and the tram.

To ensure that public transport is only being used for essential services and activities, Barcelona’s Guàrdia Urbana and the Mossos d’Esquadra are continuing their joint operation aimed at ensuring that the only people moving around the city are those who are allowed to under the current legislation. These controls are being carried out in different areas of the transportation networks, from transfer points to access points.

Street taxis are continuing to operate with a 95% reduction in use, and there has been a drop of 93% in mobility by bicycle and personal mobility vehicles.

Furthermore, since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis, the road transport companies operating out of Barcelona Nord station have adopted the measures decreed by the state of emergency, which has brought about a reduction in the number of arrivals and departures. The daily volume of passengers has progressively decreased to the current 82% less than the usual figure. Regarding international road transport, this service has been suspended 100%. Barcelona Nord station is following safely and hygiene protocols in all their installations.

Remember that the new mobility restriction measures linked to the state of emergency mean that journeys can only be made for unavoidable reasons such as:

  • To buy food, medicine and other essential items
  • To go to a healthcare facility.
  • To go to your workplace, if your activity has been deemed an essential service.
  • To go home.
  • To provide assistance to the elderly, minors and dependants.
  • To go to the bank.
  • For reasons of force majeure

Remember that if you make a journey it must be done individually, unless you are accompanying people with disabilities or have another justifiable reason.

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