A pensioner, 77, has been fined for ‘hunting Pokemon’ during the coronavirus lockdown in Spain after he had spent weeks in quarantine and became bored.
One of the first European countries to implement a curfew and restrictions was Spain, in a bid to dramatically reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
At this moment in time, Spain’s death toll from the virus has topped 2,000, after the country reported 462 more deaths in the 24 hours leading up to Monday.
However, this did not concern one pensioner who had spent weeks cooped up in quarantine, as he sought to find entertainment outside his home on Sunday 22 March, as he intended to have a game of Pokemon Go.
The smartphone app combines with the real world and sees players tracking down and training Pokemon characters in real locations.
Policia Municipal de Madrid shared the fine sheet in which it shows a 77-year-old man was stopped in the Latina district of Madrid at 1:30 pm on Sunday, he told police ‘he was hunting Pokemon’.
The police station shared the bizarre news on their Twitter page. Roughly, it translates as “Hunting #Pokemon, dinosaurs or any other magical creature is PROHIBITED during the Alarm State. Don’t make excuses and #StayatHome #SocialResponsibility #COVID19.”
Cazar #Pokemon, dinosaurios o cualquier otra criatura mágica está ⛔️ PROHIBIDO ⛔️ durante el Estado de Alarma. No pongas excusas y #QuedateEnCasa #ResponsabilidadSocial #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/L4U2xvGpU0
— Policía Municipal de Madrid (@policiademadrid) March 23, 2020
So far, 664 fines have imposed in the city as of Sunday, according to TeleMadrid’s report. Since the lockdown in Spain, there have also been more than 60,000 complaints.
Spain’s lockdown means that people can only leave their homes when they need to travel to work, go to the bank, go to the supermarket, go to the chemist, or go to care for an elderly or vulnerable person. So if anyone leaves for a reason that isn’t listed, they could end up with a financial penalty.
The fines range from €600 to €30,000 (£550 to £27,600), with very serious incidents resulting in custodial sentences – three months for disobedience and four years for an attack on authority.