Night curfew and gatherings limited to 6 people in the Valencia Region. Travel between neighbouring cities, provinces and countries is still possible from 6 a.m. to midnight.Laurence Lemoine
The new measures adopted by the Valencian government for the provinces of Castellón, Valencia and Alicante include: a limit of six people for family or social gatherings in public and private areas, gardens and leisure areas open only until 10 pm, a ban on drinking in bars, the closure of all establishments at midnight and night-time confinement from midnight to 6 am. On Saturday, 1,690 new positive cases were reported, an absolute record of daily infections since the start of the pandemic, in addition to 808 hospital admissions and 125 patients in intensive care, according to the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig.
It is these figures, which are constantly increasing, and those of the last few days that have prompted the head of the Consell to announce: a curfew from midnight and a request for a state of alert. The 15-29 year olds increasingly affected and yet, the Region of Valencia has long been – and still is – one of the regions with the lowest cumulative incidence per 100,000 inhabitants. There was even talk of the “Valencian health miracle”, although few specialists could explain the reasons for the region’s good results. But this time President Puig wanted to react very quickly, which contrasts with the fact that the region was one of the last to impose the compulsory wearing of masks and to limit the hours of night-time establishments finally decided by Madrid.
The 15-29 year olds increasingly affected
The authorities are concerned above all about gatherings, whether at night or not, which concern young people in both public and private places, as it is this age group that is increasingly affected: the majority of positive cases are reported to be due to family or friendship gatherings (20% in a professional context) and the epidemic mainly affects young adults, with an incidence rate of 215.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 34% higher than for the 30-59 age group.
The new measures came into force this week-end and will run until the 9th of December.
While night travel is banned (except for emergencies or professional reasons), travel between neighbouring cities, provinces and countries is still possible from 6 a.m. to midnight.