Sunday, March 7

Castilla y León lifts the perimeter fence between its provinces and raises the capacity in churches to a third




The Junta de Castilla y León has decided this Thursday, in view of the evolution of the Covid-19 data, lift the perimeter closure between the nine provinces of the Community, although it maintains the lowering of the barriers with the rest of the national territory and Portugal, with whom it also shares a border.

The perimeter closure between the nine provinces had been in force for a month, when others were also imposed restrictions in the face of the then «vertiginous» spread of contagion. It was approved, according to the decree signed by the president of the Board, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, until the end of the state of alarm, on May 9.

Now, in light of the evolution of contagion data and the certain relief that hospitals already show, where the burden of patients with coronavirus continues to be high, it has been decided to take this step, which represents a first relief on the measures applied for level 4 risk «very high» and with «plus».

In addition, it has also agreed remove the limit of 25 people maximum in the temples, a measure that had been rejected by the eleven bishops of the Community, who had approached the Board to remove that limit. In fact, this very Wednesday the Cardinal Archbishop of Valladolid, Ricardo Blázquez, referred to this matter in his homily on Ash Wednesday and lamented “the limit of 25 people that our Government has imposed on us to go to Mass” and claimed “no be discriminated against ”, comparing their situation with the capacity of cinemas and theaters, currently one third.

It is precisely because of this formula that the regional government has chosen for the temples, for which it now has a maximum capacity of one third.

However, the vice president and spokesman for the Junta de Castilla y León, Francisco Igea, has responded that this measure is adopted with respect to the temples “not” as a response to criticism, “but to epidemiological data.” In addition, it has recognized that when it was decided to restrict the capacity in the temples, it was chosen that way since it could not go further. «If we could have closed, we would have closed“, He pointed out, in addition to recalling that in countries like” Catholic Ireland “the total closure was agreed.

In addition, he has questioned and considered as “A bit surprising” that with the current situation of loss of life the debate focuses “on whether the capacity is a third or 25”.

In principle, the decision will be published this Friday in the Official Gazette of Castilla y León (Bocyl) for its entry into force from 00:00 on Saturday, as advanced by the vice president and spokesperson of the Board, Francisco Igea.

Both Igea and the Minister of Health, Verónica Casado, have defended the lifting of these restrictions now with their position of «Go little by little» according to the evolution of the data of Covid-19. “We try to follow the numbers,” he said. In this sense, Casado has also pointed out that “one thing is that we are prudent and another that we cannot take action.”

They get up like this “Two restrictions that we understand as minimal”, the spokesperson has recognized. But others are still in force, such as the perimeter closure of the Community with the rest, approved in principle until May 9, the date on which the state of alarm is in force. In addition, there are also other restrictions such as the closure inside the hotel business, which can only be served on terraces and with home delivery and collection service; curfew at 10:00 pm and meetings of a maximum of four people in meetings both in public and private spaces.

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