Monday, January 25

Madrid’s Christmas plan: curfew at 1.30 am and meetings for up to 10 people

Two people walk through the Plaza Mayor in Madrid.

Two people walk through the Plaza Mayor in Madrid.

The Madrid Minister of Health of Madrid, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, stated this Wednesday that, if the evolution of the pandemic continues as it has been until now, lThe Community does not consider establishing “any type of restriction” after December 14 to allow entry and exit from the Community.

In statements in Telecinco, the counselor has indicated that, if the contagion data allows it, the region’s perimeter closure between December 4 and 14 will be “the last” and after this date it is not proposed to establish “any type of restriction for the future” in this regard.

Ruiz Escudero has pointed out that the mobility of those who live, work or study in Madrid and whose family is outside the region is one of the points that the Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso is studying when setting the measures for Christmas.

Some dates in which it is “unthinkable” that people will not be reunited with their families, and hence the proposal for restrictions on lunch and dinner goes further than the one made by the Government of the nation.

Madrid proposes that on December 24, 25 and 31 and on January 1 and 6, up to 10 people can meet that they do not belong to more than three different cohabiting units, figures that have been proposed “thinking of the elderly”, imagining a situation of an average family in which a couple of grandparents with two children and the respective families of the latter join together .

And on the extension of the curfew hours proposed by Madrid (from 1.30 to 6.00 compared to the 1.00 to 6.00 proposal of the Government), Escudero attributes it to the fact that the distances in Madrid are “quite long” and that half an hour of more would allow “to favor that the exits of the dinners occur in a more natural way”.

Yet he has insisted that This “small margin” for family celebrations may be carried out as long as the downward trend in infection data continues.

According to the San Silvestre Vallecana, the popular race that every year brings together some 10,000 participants in Madrid on the afternoon of December 31, the counselor has stated that the General Directorate of Public Health is studying whether it is appropriate, because, although it is held outdoors, a concentration of so many people “do not follow the line that the Ministry is marking” to contain the advance of the virus.

It is difficult to give an authorization for an event of that dimension thinking about what families are experiencing “, he pointed out.

Previously, in statements on Telemadrid, the counselor has trusted that “some flexibility” be given by the government of the nation so that the autonomous communities adapt the restrictive measures for the Christmas holidays and that the epidemiological and hospital situation at that time be taken into account, as the Ministry always does.

Escudero has trusted that the regions can present their proposals to the Government this Wednesday at the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System, although this issue is not on the agenda.

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