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The perimeter closure of Holy Week resurrects the ghost of ‘madrileñophobia’ in Valencia




The perimeter closure of the autonomies during the festivities of Easter week, because of coronavirus restrictions, has resurrected the ghost of ‘madrileñophobia’ in the Valencian Community. The Valencian hotel businessmen have warned that with the regional confinements to avoid travel, an effect of «Contagious tourismophobia».

This week, the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, one of the maximum defenders of the thesis of shielding all the limits between autonomies before the holidays, directed a message directly towards the Madrid citizens, main source market for national tourists to the Valencian Community, in which he said: “We await the people of Madrid with open arms, but this Holy Week it will not be possible.”

Faced with the thesis of the Generalitat, which has made the Ministry of Health in the plan of common measures that he designs for the next Holy Week, the Hosbec employer He does not understand that it is not possible for the hotels in the Valencian Community to receive 40,000 clients from other autonomies, while “five million Valencians can move within the territory.”

[Semana Santa sin madrileños en las playas de Valencia]

The tourist entrepreneurs of the Valencian autonomy, which last year accumulated losses of 11 billion euros, criticize that the Valencian Community has been closed perimeter since last October 25 and this measure did not prevent a third wave of the coronavirus, in a region where the pandemic affected with particular harshness.

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In this context, the employer shows its concern about the «subliminal message of contagion tourismophobia», Since they consider that the perimeter closure shifts the blame for the transmission of vitus to tourist movements.

Archive image of the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig
Archive image of the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig – JUAN CARLOS SOLER

In this regard, hoteliers demand that the Generalitat mark an “objective and supported” figure from which it will be possible to open autonomy and they propose that it be a cumulative incidence of the coronavirus of 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. According to the latest report from the Ministry of HealthAs of March 5, the Valencian Community has an incidence of 79.32 positives.

The Generalitat, as ABC has been reporting, continues to maintain that the perimeter closure is a measure that has contributed decisively to curbing the spread of infections. Therefore, his idea continues to be to restrict mobility as much as possible, at least until the Easter holidays, on April 12, have passed. This will not prevent some of the current restrictions from being relaxed in advance.

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Apart from the 40,000 national tourists that the hotel sector estimates could come to the Valencian Community, a high number of Madrilenians have second homes on the coast from the Valencian Community, such as Gandia, Cullera or Benidorm.

Alicante and Valencia lead the second residences

This situation generated controversy during the past year, when some Madrilenians left the capital, which at that time was the most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, to move to their second residences in the Valencian Community, which provoked criticism from members of the Valencian Government.

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

[La Generalitat relajará las restricciones del coronavirus a partir del 15 de marzo]

In opposition to this idea of ​​perimeter closures, which has been championed by President Ximo Puig, his Madrid counterpart, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, has been in favor of the possibility of allowing citizen movements between regions if the epidemiological evolution of the coronavirus the downward trend recorded in recent weeks continues.

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