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New measures in the Valencian Community: what can and cannot be done from today?

January 21 from 2021 - 07: 55

The president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, announced last Tuesday the new measures, in force as of today, to stop the pandemic, which include the total closure of the hotel industry in the Valencian Community, as well as commerce from 6:14 a.m. afternoon and sports facilities. These measurements will be maintained for the next XNUMX days.

The president expressed the "huge concern" before "high levels of virus incidence" in the Valencian Community that "they demand new actions immediately". Thus, he pointed out that "the increase in the contagion curve and the situation of tension suffered by the Valencian hospital system, forces us to act now", with the aim of reducing social contacts, "which have become the main cause of contagion".

Regarding the closure of the hotel business, the regulations indicate that only take-away food service is allowed, whether it is distributed on the premises itself or by delivery men, and that the cafeteria and restaurant services of the hotels remain open, only for customers and with restricted capacity.

Likewise, all commercial activity will be closed as of 6 in the afternoon, except for food establishments, pharmacies and essential services, and all sports facilities, except for professional athletes and official state competitions.

On the other hand, regarding the restriction of night mobility, the current schedule that limits the movement of people from 10 o'clock at night is still in force, after yesterday the Minister Salvador Illa announced the refusal of Health to advance this strip at 20:00 as many communities have requested, including the Valencian one.

The regional perimeter and the maximum number of 6 people in the meetings remain in force until January 31, as planned.

Measurements detail

In addition to bars, restaurants and cafes, the closure of the hotel business will affect recreational centers for the elderly and young, and festive activities; the closure of the hotel business, bingo halls, casinos, arcades, games and bets, and commercial activity from 6 am.

Likewise, the closure of sports facilities and centers is contemplated, and the reduction of capacity in common areas of student residences, as well as wakes, funerals and celebrations.

Precautionary closure of establishments, spaces and activities

The recreational centers for the elderly (retirement homes) and for young people (toy libraries, youth leisure centers ...) are closed with suspension of the activity, as well as the centers where traditional festive activities are developed, of those provided for in Decree 28 / 2011, of March 18, of the Consell. With suspension in said centers or places of traditional festive activities.

It also establishes the closure of bars, restaurants, cafes and other leisure establishments, unless they provide food and / or drink collection service at the premises or home delivery. Those premises, establishments and activities that, by virtue of their special characteristics, provide a service that may be considered essential or non-replaceable are exempt from this measure.

Therefore, the hospitality services of hospitals and clinics are excepted, for the use of professionals; hospitality and catering services for hotel establishments, for the exclusive use of clients staying there; hotel and restaurant services located in companies and workplaces, for the exclusive use of employees; school canteen service in kindergartens and regulated education centers (Primary Schools, Institutes and Universities). Likewise, the restaurant services in service areas of communication routes are excepted.

Closing of commercial premises

The closing of commercial premises and commercial surfaces is also determined from 6 in the afternoon. The commercial activity of the establishments and commercial premises dedicated to the essential commercial activity of food, hygiene, pharmacies, orthopedics, opticians, hairdressing services and veterinary centers, is excepted from the foregoing, only for the sale of said products, as well as departments dedicated to all the aforementioned activities that can be found inside the establishments.

In addition, the closure of establishments and cessation of activities in bingo halls, casinos, arcades, games and bets are determined.

Precautionary closure of sports spaces

The closure of sports facilities and centers is determined, except those destined to the practice of professional sports in official competitions. You may not practice physical activity or sport in sports centers, clubs, gyms, training centers, sports complexes, etc.

Measures related to student residences, wakes, funerals and celebrations

In student residences, the use of common areas is limited to 30% of the capacity (including dining rooms, where shifts can be established) and always guaranteeing distance, hygiene and prevention measures, and visits to student residences are prohibited.

Wakes may be held in all types of facilities, public or private, with a maximum limit of 15 people in outdoor spaces or 10 people in closed spaces, whether or not they are living together and provided that the safety distance can be guaranteed. These measures will also apply to non-religious ceremonies that may be held in public or private facilities.

Home confinement

Regarding home confinement, the head of the Consell clarified that the Generalitat does not have powers in this restriction, which he described as "extreme measure" that can only be decreed by the Spanish Government, "which at this time discards it".

In this sense, he pointed out that confinement has serious side effects and is associated with physical and mental health problems, while generating profound inequalities in many groups, therefore "a measure of such magnitude needs to be weighed very well".

The president assured that "Beyond the incidence of the virus, we are not in the same situation in March, when there were no masks and it was not possible to go out to the street or to work safely". Thus he emphasized that "Now, if we comply with the instructions and do not remove the mask, so the risk of being in the open space has nothing to do with that of March".

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