Spanish police began to check vehicles that were leaving the Community of Madrid on Friday after Pedro Sanchez's government decided to re-issue a state of emergency due to the increase in cases of coronavirus.
Massive traffic jams due to police control could be seen on Friday on the M-607 highway, with thousands of cars trying to leave the city.
The decision has been taken as a matter of urgency given the arrival of a long weekend due to the bank holiday of October 12, in which millions of people from Madrid might travel to other parts of the country.
The state of emergency is expected to last for 15 days, extendable only with the support of the majority of the Congress of Deputies.
Some 70 percent of all infections registered in Madrid have occurred since July 1, which now amount to 258,767, according to local news sources.