The confusion and doubts have been the common note between merchants and hoteliers of Burgos waking up this Friday to the news that, despite the serious data on infections and hospital occupation, there will not be home confinement in the city, but with the fear that this mandatory confinement will arrive at Christmas.
In Burgos, which has a seven-day incidence greater than 900 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and that in fourteen can become more than 1,800, many took for granted this Thursday that the request for confinement, endorsed by the mayor of the city, Daniel de la Rosa, and the Junta de Castilla y León, would be accepted by the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa.
Given the refusal of the Government, the president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, has appealed to Burgos to limit their movements “to the maximum” and make an “intelligent and voluntary confinement” consisting of going “from home to work” and, if you want to play sports, “always outdoors.”
“To be like this it is better to close the days it takes nowNot only for health, but also to try to save the Christmas campaign, “the owner of a clothing store in the center of the city told Efe.
Also the owners of hospitality establishments are in favor, for the most part, of a home confinement that implies the hope of a Christmas “a little more normal, although it is not completely”, has affirmed another merchant.
The president of the Federation of Hospitality Entrepreneurs, Fernando de la Varga, insists that The sector is being unjustly criminalized, because it is not even allowed to open the terraces that many have conditioned with more or less important investments, “while people continue walking down the street.”
Despite the request of the mayor, who has issued a statement in which it is recalled that meetings of more than three people who do not live together are prohibited and it is recommended not to go out except for essential activities, the appearance of the streets of Burgos this Friday was that of a normal day in which many people go for a walk, do their shopping or practice sports animated by the sun.
The conversations in the queues to buy bread or to order “a coffee to go” in the establishments, which in this way maintain their activity, also revolve around home confinement and the hope that a measure of this type could soften the restrictions for the Christmas season.
In addition, Daniel de Rosa, from the PSOE, has said that the programmed home confinement will not be an immediate measure to stop the pandemic in the Burgos capital although the Ministry has not closed the door to assess the measure if the restrictive measures that are in place do not work.
Speaking to Onda Cero, the mayor explained that in the telematic meeting he had on Thursday with the regional government with the Secretary of State for Health They were asked for “room for maneuver” to see if those measures underway, which include the closure of the hotel industry, part of the trade, with a curfew, among others, give results.
He has argued that what “takes away his sleeplessness” is that the health situation in five days in the Burgos hospital is “unbearable”, or in Primary Care, so he asks that this possibility of confinement not be delayed so that can “reverse in time”.
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