Catalonia will restrict daily mobility to the local area except for visits to relatives during the Christmas holidays, without modifying the maximum of 10 people at home on holidays, and it will establish time slots in bars and restaurants so that they are only open during meal times.
The Vice President of the Government, Pere Aragonès, and the Minister of the Presidency, Meritxell Budó, have explained in a telematic press conference these “surgical” measures, which represent a “step back” in the de-escalation plan.
The measures will be in force from Monday, December 21 to Monday, January 11 and they will be reviewed on December 28, without ruling out that they may harden if the data worsens more.
“It may not be the Christmas we would like We know that we are not doing well and given the realization that the increase in infections has not stabilized and continues to grow, the Government has decided to act because the covid has to be stopped whatever it takes, whatever the cost, “said Aragonès.
The Catalan vice-president has assured that the Department of the Interior will reinforce the inspections to verify that the norms are met, although, referring to the restoration, he has wanted to make it clear that there are no “guilty sectors”, since “The viruses are not in the establishments but are carried by the customers”.
In this context, has asked society to be “self-demanding” and comply with the rules: “You can fool a rule, but not the virus.”
Bars and restaurants may only open and serve in establishment in two strips: from 7.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. for breakfast, and from 1 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. for meals.
For dinners they can only offer home service, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m..
Inside the restaurants, the capacity of 30% maximum, with four people per table, six if they are the same coexistence bubble.
In general, social gatherings are still limited to six people, but December 24, 25, 26 and 31, and January 1 and 6 They may be extended to 10 people as long as they do not exceed two coexistence bubbles, as in fact the Christmas plan already established.
Regarding mobility, the perimeter confinement of Catalonia “Except if trips are made to visit relatives,” explained Budó.
Internal mobility will be restricted to the local area throughout the week – currently it is only on weekends – but it also has exceptions: it is allowed to move to the second residence or to a hotel -maintaining within the destination region- as long as the coexistence bubble is not broken.
The night curfew is maintained -from 10.00 p.m.- but On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve it is extended to 1 in the morning, and Twelfth Night, at 11:00 pm.
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