Spain is under complete lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the government has allowed people to leave their homes from time to time to walk their pets. The exemption from the strict stay-at-home order has now prompted several people to get creative with what the authorities mean by the term ‘pets’.
The Spanish authorities have taken to Twitter to share images and videos of people walking their fish and toy dog in a bid to deceive the police and walk freely on the road.
From walking a hen to dressing like a T-rex, some people in Spain have been using creative ways to get past the lockdown orders. Earlier this month, the Spanish National Police also shared an image of a man who was getting fined for ‘walking’ a fishbowl in Logrono. Authorities also shared a video of a man walking a hen on a leash.
The caption of the Twitter post roughly translates as “Agents of the police have sanctioned a person for going out to "walk" his fish on the street. Agents spotted him on Logroño carrying a fish tank against what is stipulated in the RD of the State of Alarm”.
Agentes de la @policia han sancionado a una persona por salir a "pasear" a sus peces por la calle. Los agentes le avistaron en #Logroño portando una pecera en contra de lo estipulado en el RD del Estado de Alarma.— Policía Nacional (@policia) April 24, 2020
The Spanish Civil Guards said, “Civil guards of Lanzarote denounce a person for failing to comply with the movement limitation measures imposed by the state while walking a hen” (rough translation).
#NoTieneGracia— Guardia Civil 🇪🇸 (@guardiacivil) March 25, 2020
Guardias civiles de #Lanzarote denuncian a una persona por incumplir las medidas de limitación de circulación impuestas en por el estado de alarma paseando una gallina#EsteVirusLoParamosUnidos pic.twitter.com/kZ7vGuTKE5
Meanwhile, another man was also caught walking a toy dog in a bid to deceive the police. The Spanish police urged people not to try to deceive the authorities and wrote, "We are facing a VERY SERIOUS situation with people walking down the street trying to deceive the police ... DO NOT cheat us and you will also be penalised. It is a matter of public health” (rough translation).
Pedimos SENSATEZ durante el #EstadoDeEmergencia por culpa del #COVID19.— JUPOL (@JupolNacional) March 16, 2020
Estamos ante una situación MUY GRAVE como para andar por la calle intentando engañar a la @policia... NO nos engañas y además serás sancionado.
Es una cuestión de salud pública.#EsteVirusLoParamosUnidos pic.twitter.com/67cjOMNdC3
Last month, the police department in the southernmost city of Murcia also posted a video in which one could see an unidentified person being stopped by the police as the person was dressed as a T-rex. The authorities wrote, “In alarm, pets are allowed to walk accompanied by a person, always with short walks to relieve themselves. Having a Tyrannosaurus rex complex is not covered”.
En estado de alarma se permite el paseo de mascotas acompañadas de una persona, siempre con paseos cortos para hacer sus necesidades.— Policía Local Murcia (@MurciaPolicia) March 16, 2020
El que tengas complejo de Tyrannosaurus rex no está contemplado.#quédateencasa pic.twitter.com/C8dWkrvAdm