The city of Madrid is in turmoil after the central government introduced a state of emergency for the capital and its region following a court decision on Thursday over-ruling tightened lockdown measures.

The high court in Madrid ruled that the central government’s lockdown measures “harmed the fundamental rights and freedoms” of the 4.5 million people who live in the region.

Late on Thursday the Socialist prime minister told the conservative Mayor of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayusu, that he would impose the state of emergency anyway if she did not request it.

The new measures, that come into force today, included restaurants closing at 23:00 and shops at 22:00, with restaurants limited to 50 percent capacity.

Madrid health minister Enrique Ruiz Escudero insisted that measures already in place were working and that the national government order was “a measure no Madrileño will understand,” the BBC reported.

The Spanish are well-known for eating out late at night.

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