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Footballers, retirees and tourists uncover the ‘drain’ of the perimeter closure of Valencia


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By land, sea and air and whether they are elite athletes, retirees with a second residence on the coast or tourists. The images on social networks of footballers such as Marcelo The Guedes They have uncovered the ‘drain’ that the perimeter fence of the Valencian Community has become both to enter and leave the region.

The star measure of the Generalitat Valenciana to stop the spread of coronavirus It entered into force on October 25 and will remain in force until April 12 at least.

The President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, and the mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó, have directed their criticism to the Community of Madrid and the flexibility of the measures before the Covid-19 decreed by the Executive of Isabel Diaz Ayuso in the case of Marcelo, who traveled to the capital of the Turia with his family, of which they have made the flag for their media projection to raise the flag that “in the Valencian Community the rules are met.”

However, the violation of the perimeter closure does not occur only in the direction of entry to the Valencian Community, according to the footballer’s trip Gonzalo guedes last weekend to Ibiza.

The Generalitat Valenciana will maintain the restrictions to stop mobility for two more weeks

Apart from the displacements of professional players, in recent days there have been cases that reveal that the perimeter closure inefficiency, like that of a retired from Madrid who traveled to her second home in Alicante. Only the complaint of a neighbor allowed to discover the violation of the measure, which, as in the cases of footballers, carries fines of six hundred euros.

[El alcalde de Valencia culpa a Ayuso de que el futbolista Marcelo viajara a la ciudad pese al cierre perimetral]

In the province of Alicante It has also been detected a large number of cases of homeowners on the beach requesting false damage certificates to move around Easter.

In addition to these cases are foreign tourists who come to the Valencian Community in a “legal” manner. as they are not affected by the perimeter closure. In January alone, the latest official data available at the National Statistics Institute (INE), nearly 50,000 international visitors arrived, most of them from France.

Image of the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig
Image of the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig – EP

The perimeter closure establishes exceptions of a labor or health nature to prohibit non-residents from entering the Valencian Community.

According to a report by Caixabank, most of the second homes in Spain are located on the Mediterranean coast. Specifically, Alicante is the province with the highest number of second homes (326,705 homes, 8.9 percent of the national total), followed by Valencia (223,885 homes, 6.1 percent of the total).

Thousands of uncollected fines

However the sanctioning regime for restrictions due to the coronavirus it also presents loopholes, since the Generalitat barely manages to collect one out of every hundred fines that are imposed for non-compliance with the measures.

The lack of means to collect the amount of sanctions overlaps with the increase in cases of alcohol consumption on public roads detected in recent weeks, with large bottles in Valencia and a record of infractions in Alicante despite the measures decreed by the Generalitat remain in force until April 12, when the festivities of Easter and Easter.

The Valencian Community has the lowest accumulated incidence of the coronavirus in Spain, with just twenty-eight infected per 100,000 inhabitants, but the Generalitat will maintain the restrictions to stop mobility for two more weeks, such as the curfew or the perimeter closure.

In this regard, the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, holds this Tuesday a security coordination meeting of Covid-19 measures with the Minister of Justice, Interior and Public Administration, Gabriela Bravo, and representatives of the Government Delegation in the Valencian Community, the National and Autonomous Police, the Civil Guard and the Valencian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces.

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