Towards a total lifting of health restrictionsLaurence Lemoine
With 90% of the population vaccinated, the region of Valencia is on the verge of returning to its pre-Covid state where anything goes! Dancing until dawn, filling up the restaurants without counting the number of guests or even crowding into shops to refurbish your wardrobe….
The inter-territorial commission of the Consell de la Comunidad Valenciana on Monday, once again has reduced the restrictions still in force for, shops, cinemas, theatres, museums, libraries, auditoriums and also those concerning places of celebration, these measures are aimed to slowy restoring normality to daily life. The last small restrictions that are still in force will remain until the 8th of October at 11.59 pm, so that on the 9th the rest of the restrictions, or at least the vast majority of them, should end completely.
It must be said that the figures for contamination and deaths continue to fall, with a cumulative incidence of only 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and a number of people hospitalised for coronavirus of less than 200: with 90% of the population vaccinated, “the time has come to resume our life in society”, declared the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig.
There are still some restrictions in force but in the hotel and restaurant sector these have been eliminated or minimised: bars and restaurants can close their doors in accordance with their licence (normally at 1.30 a.m.) without having to kick out customers first. The maximum capacity has been increased from 50% to 75%, with tables accommodating up to 10 guests, whereas previously it was a maximum of 8 and 10 on terraces, where the occupancy will now be 100% of capacity. The night world, the most penalised sector, gains 2 additional hours of opening (up to 5am) but above all, it is now possible to dance! However normally you have to dance with a mask, at a safe distance of one and a half metres, without drinking and next to where the customer is sitting or “in the allocated space”, according to the health authorities. Dancing is also allowed in bars and restaurants, especially when wedding celebrations are held. Karaoke is again possible, although singers still cannot remove their masks. Finally, there is no more maximum to the number of people who can participate in sporting events and acts, such as popular races or marathons. Another piece of great news is that from this weekend onwards, football stadiums throughout Spain will be fully booked.
Little by little, Spain’s 17 regions are returning to an air of normality, although experts still recommend wearing masks inside buildings