With Easter just around the corner, the Valencian government is very clear that the measures against covid-19 cannot be relaxed and has extended them until April 12. Perimeter closure of the community, limitation of social or family gatherings, opening of the hotel business under strict restrictions, and very specific indications for celebrations, physical activities, sports competitions, educational or outdoor leisure, wakes and funerals, non-religious ceremonies and, even the use of swimming pools or access to beaches will be a handicap for those who had planned to plan outings and meetings on those days. In this way, the Generalitat wants to avoid a repeat of what happened at Christmas and, consequently, a fourth wave of the virus.
Now, with all these measures, is it clear what can and cannot be done? Can we meet family and friends, travel by plane, or leave the community with a negative CRP? And what about the children? Will there be activities for them or can they stay with a relative if the parents work?
The perimeter closure of the Valencian Community prevents entering or leaving except in case of duly justified movement, but can you go by plane, for example, to Madrid?
The Valencian Community extends the limitation of entry and exit of people except to attend health centers, services and establishments, comply with labor, professional, business, institutional or legal obligations, attend university, teaching and educational centers, including schools of early childhood education, return to the place of habitual or family residence, assist or care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable, travel to financial and insurance entities or fuel supply stations in neighboring territories, renew permits and official documentation, as well as other administrative procedures that cannot be postponed, displacements of athletes, coaches, judges or federated referees, due to force majeure and for any other activity of a similar nature, duly accredited. All these limitations are the same for travel by car, train or plane. In addition, it should be added the shortage of flights and that at any time the authorities may require the justification of the trip.
Can people from other communities come to your second home on the beach?
No. The displacement to a second residence is not contemplated in the exceptions that the Generalitat has included in the limitation of entry to the Valencian Community.
Can I go on vacation abroad if the country I am going to allows it and, if so, return without problems?
At the moment there are countries, such as the United Kingdom, that do not allow entry, and those that do request a negative result of a PCR. In addition, the authorities may require proof of travel at any time. In the case of Germany, the flights will begin on March 28, but there will be few.
Can I leave the Valencian Community if I have a negative PCR?
No. To leave the Valencian Community, the same requirements must be met as to enter. Before attempting to leave, it is advisable to check that any of the exceptions contemplated by the perimeter closure decreed by the Generalitat are met, in order to avoid sanctions.
Can I take a relative out of the nursing home to spend the holidays with me? And visit him at his residence?
At the moment neither of these options is possible. In fact, this same week, as INFORMATION collected, the Business Association of Residences and Services for Dependent Persons of the Valencian Community (Aerte) demanded that the Ministry of Health resume family visits to users. It should be remembered that since January, nursing homes only allow access to staff and health professionals, a measure that was adopted at the times of greatest incidence of the pandemic to avoid infections and deaths from covid-19. The employers now want these restrictions to be relaxed since the situation has improved and the centers are safer thanks to vaccination. But it has not yet occurred.
A student who is in another community, will he be able to come at Easter?
Yes. One of the exceptions included in the perimeter closure is to return to the place of habitual or family residence. Therefore, you will be able to enter the Valencian Community to return home on vacation, duly justifying the trip.
Can I send my child to an Easter holiday camp?
Displacements within the Valencian Community are allowed without exceptions. Another thing is that these types of activities are organized, since according to the restrictions implemented by the Generalitat “in accommodations that offer rooms and collective services, people from different coexistence groups cannot spend the night in the same room or use shared kitchens” . This rule applies to student residences, school residences, camps, and shelters.
Can I demand telecommuting or am I entitled to leave to take care of my children while they are on vacation?
Teleworking, according to the sources consulted by this newspaper, is an option agreed between the worker and the company. Therefore, in this case the parents could request this option, although they would have to reach an agreement with the company. In the case of leave, it must be at least four months, so it would not be considered for holidays such as Easter. The professionals consulted recommend, in the event that teleworking is not possible, to make use of vacation days.
What other options do I have to leave my children during the Easter holidays if I have to work?
The measures against covid-19 in force until April 12, in the educational leisure section, youth animation schools, parks and free leisure areas, “authorize educational leisure activities and education in free time, and schools of youth animation, organized both by administrations and by non-formal education youth entities and associations. In the indoor or outdoor facilities where such activities take place, the capacity of 30% may not be exceeded. The activities must be carried out in groups of up to a maximum of 10 people, in addition to the monitor person ». Therefore, parents, as long as they have access to these types of activities, may bring their children. Another option is for minors to spend holidays with a family member, since despite the prohibition of meeting people who do not belong to the same nucleus or group of coexistence in homes, the exception of “foster care of minors in any of its typologies ».
Can I spend Easter in my second residence in the country or on the beach?
If the home is within the Valencian Community, yes. But beware, because social or family gatherings in homes and spaces for private use, both indoors and outdoors, are only allowed to people who belong to the same nucleus or coexistence group, so no one could go who not from the same core.
In the event that one of the spouses lives in another autonomous community for work reasons, can they return to their family at Easter?
Yes. On the one hand, the return to the place of habitual or family residence is allowed in the perimeter fence of the Valencian Community; but in addition, the meeting of people with a marriage or partner relationship who live in different addresses is also one of the exceptions that are contemplated in the section on “social encounters”.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.