The publication in the Official State Gazette of the new regulations for the hotel and nightlife industry means a new scenario of restrictions that will be experienced until 70% of the population is immunized -situation that, if the current rate of vaccinations continues, could occur in mid-August, as reflected in the document. But what are the specific measures and how will they affect summer leisure? These are the new capacities and schedules that limit the activity of these sectors.
Nightlife and discos
The opening of nightlife venues It may be carried out only when the epidemiological situation of the territorial unit is at the level of alert 1 or out of risk levels (that is, below 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants).
At level 1, the maximum interior capacity will be 50%, with 6 people per table, although the terraces may have full occupancy with tables of 10 persons maximum as long as the safety distance of 1.5 meters is respected. In addition, the Consumption of drinks and meals can only be done sitting down -that is, there will be no bar service- and they are dance floors forbidden. Regarding the closing time, the Ministry of Health has marked as limit 2.00 in the morning, even if expandable up to 3.00 hours.
The new standard also contemplates that zones in level 2 They will also be able to reopen their nightlife establishments if the autonomous community allows it and reducing the capacity to a third.
Hotels and restaurants
For hotels and restaurants, a 50% capacity indoors, although as a novelty it will be possible increase to 10% in case a high is guaranteed level of ventilation and control of air quality, service and consumption will be allowed in bars and tables of up to 6 diners. For the terraces, the occupation may be 100% with a maximum of 10 people per table. The closing time will be like maximum at 01:00, Yes OK it will stop serving at 24:00.
These measures will be applied in the territories outside the risk levels. But if the area is in any of the risk levels (from 1 to 4), you will have to follow the rules established by the traffic light in terms of capacity and limits of people per table. Specifically, in a risk-free situation, a maximum indoor occupancy of 50% (60% with adequate ventilation) and 100% outdoors can be reached; in level 1 a maximum of 50% capacity will be reached indoors and 100% outdoors; for level 2, there will be a maximum capacity of 33% indoors and 75% outdoors; for level 3, the interior of the establishments will be closed and a 75% occupancy will be allowed on terraces; At level 4, with very high risk, it will be forbidden to consume indoors and outdoors will be 50% at tables of 4 people.
Non-ordinary mass events and activities
In non-ordinary mass events and activities, such as concerts or festivals, the new measures indicate that the organizers, in coordination with the local authorities, must carry out a activity risk assessment. Based on this assessment, specific additional transmission risk reduction measures should be implemented if necessary. This risk assessment must be available to health authorities if required.
As general rules, eating, drinking or smoking is prohibited tobacco, water pipes, hookahs or similar, and the use of masks and respect the safety distance of 1.5 meters.
The BOE also specifies about smoking on public roads or outdoor spaces. Is practice will be prohibited “when a minimum interpersonal distance of at least 2 meters cannot be respected», And this practice cannot be carried out in large events, such as concerts, not even outdoors.
Despite the fact that the Governments of the autonomous communities of Catalonia, Galicia, Andalusia, Madrid and the Murcia region
have protested against the regulations published by the Ministry of Health, the Executive branch remarks in the document that the entire Spanish territory is “obliged”, “regardless of their vote” to respect the new measures (although the majority of these territories have already announced that they will appeal to the courts) that have just entered into force and that they will remain until 70% of the vaccinated population is reached.
Current risk level by autonomous communities
The Health traffic light indicates four levels of risk in territories with more than 10,000 inhabitants: very high, high, medium and low. It is considered low risk between 25 and 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and very high is that which exceeds 250 cases, also taking into account the level of occupancy of ICU beds in hospitals. At this time, the semaphore of risk levels by communities is as follows:
Low risk: Galicia, Cantabria, Navarra, Valencian Community, Murcia, Balearic Islands, Extremadura
Medium risk: Asturias, Catalonia, Castilla y León, Madrid, Castilla La Mancha, Andalusia
High risk: Basque Country, Aragon and La Rioja
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