In which communities will you need the COVID passport this Christmas? | Society

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Spain has entered a high risk of COVID after exceeding 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants this Thursday. The expansion of the omicron variant has alerted the authorities. The most critical territories are Navarra, with 956 cases and the Basque Country with 757. At the moment and despite the data, no one is posing restrictions beyond the implementation of the COVID passport. The success of the vaccination campaign that reaches 90% of the population means that the evolution of the pandemic is not being as critical as in the rest of the countries in our environment where the immunization rate is lower.

Two weeks before Christmas, most of the autonomous communities have already implemented the COVID passport. Only the Community of Madrid, La Rioja, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura and Asturias are reluctant to demand it, although the latter doubts whether to implement it. The services for which it is required range from nightlife to visits to health centers or consumption in restaurants, but the requirements are different depending on the territories.

The authorities consider that the measure promotes vaccination although it generates controversy in some experts. Even the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has called not to stop the recovery in the tourism sector and for this he has called on the international community to redefine a “safe mobility”, with the COVID certificate and to make a “resounding commitment to vaccination “.

What sites cannot be entered without the certificate proving being vaccinated, recovered from a COVID infection in the last 6 months or without having performed an antigen test in the last 48 hours or PCR in 72?

Andalusia

The regional committee of experts has expanded the possibility of requiring the COVID certificate for people who access hospitality and nightlife establishments.

This request, which would run until January 15, must be ratified by the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia (TSJA) for its implementation, and, if ratified, it would join the decision to require the certificate to access residences and hospitals, a measure that took effect last Tuesday.

Aragon

From November 25 to January 8, you need a passport to access mass events with more than five hundred people indoors and a thousand outdoors, and for nightlife.

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However, the Superior Court of Justice of Aragon last Friday overturned the requirement to have it available to access the hotel industry, and now the Government of Aragon is studying the legal measures necessary to define the application of the document after this decision.

Asturias

Until now it had been ruled out, but, given the increase in cases in recent weeks, the Asturian government is considering implementing it. However, for the moment the Executive plans to approve this Friday the obligation to install C02 meters in hotel and gym venues, as well as in spaces where, although it is possible to wear the mask all the time, more than 500 people gather.

This measure was already applied since October in nightlife, gaming and betting venues, celebrations, hotel and restaurant establishments and other facilities for catering services and in cases where the owner of the activity allows the consumption of beverages and meals by the public in sports facilities, cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, tent circuses, similar spaces and other venues for cultural events and shows.

Baleares

From December 3, to access restaurants with more than 50 seats, cocktail bars and celebrations with more than fifty participants, the COVID certificate must be shown. It was already necessary since October to enter discos and nursing homes.

Canary Islands

It joins the communities in which the COVID passport is launched this Friday, although in a special way: it has been agreed with the main employers’ associations of the islands that the owner of a business or the organizer of an event open to the public can voluntarily require their clients to obtain the COVID certificate and, in exchange, obtain a more lax system of gauging and restrictions (the one corresponding to the one immediately below the current health alert level on their island).

Of course, the Canary Islands can no longer be entered without the certificate, because what has already begun is the screening of national travelers who arrive to the islands by air or sea: all of them must present a certificate of vaccination against covid -19 or having overcome the disease, or a negative diagnostic test.

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Cantabria

In Cantabria, the COVID passport comes into force this Friday to be able to access the interior of covered establishments and facilities where the sale of drinks and food is authorized, for a period of 40 days. The resolution of the Cantabrian government explains that, however, where the COVID passport is requested, the allowed capacity will be increased by a percentage that will depend on the transmission risk situation.

Castilla la Mancha

This autonomy resists in the small group of those who do not require a COVID passport. Currently, the restrictions are the use of the mask according to state regulations, maintaining a safe distance, interior ventilation, extreme cleaning and disinfection measures and frequent hand washing.

Castile and Leon

The Junta de Castilla y León has also ruled out the use of the so-called ‘COVID passport’ when detecting “serious controversies” in the scientific and political sphere about its effectiveness. It understands that it gives a “false sense of security” and has chosen to carry out, instead, an awareness campaign to avoid contagion.

The regional government will influence individual and collective responsibility when it comes to maintaining a safety distance, the use of a mask and ventilation.

Catalonia

The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has authorized a two-week extension, as of this Friday, of the requirement of the COVID certificate to access the interiors of bars, restaurants, gyms and to visit relatives in residences, measured in force for a week, and also for nightlife and banquets in restaurants and hotels with an indoor dance floor, in force since October.

Ceuta

The autonomous city is waiting for judicial authorization to make it mandatory to access establishments with a capacity greater than 50 people, and never on terraces.

Valencian Community

It has been a week that it is necessary to have the COVID passport in hotel, restaurant, leisure and entertainment venues, with a capacity greater than 50 people; in places of recreational activities and of chance, with restaurant service; at events, celebrations and music festivals with more than 500 people; visits to residences and hospitals.

Galicia

Galicia also has judicial authorization to apply for the COVID passport in four areas: nightlife, hostels that want to use 100% of the capacity, visits to hospitals and restaurants in the interior, and in bars and cafes from 21 hours. In addition, inside restaurants, bars and cafes, only eight people can meet at a table, and fifteen outside.

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Estremadura

The COVID certificate is not applied in Extremadura nor is the regional Executive going to apply any restrictive measure of capacity and hours at the moment.

The Rioja

The same is happening in La Rioja, whose government has still not decided to implement the certificate.

Madrid

It is also ruled out by the Community of Madrid, which believes that it is necessary to study well whether to restrict access to hotels, concerts or nightlife so that only vaccinated people or those who have a negative diagnostic test can enter these places. “It is not about a waiter or a restaurant owner becoming a health authority,” says its president.

The regional government recommends carrying out antigen tests before the Christmas holidays and will offer a free one to each Madrilenian.

Murcia

The request for the COVID certificate to access bars, restaurants and celebrations will be left, as before, to the will of the locals, but it will be mandatory for nightlife if, finally, the Superior Court of Justice of Murcia (TSJ) authorizes the measure.

In the event that the court authorizes the measure, as it did in November, each employer will decide whether or not to request it in order to increase the capacity of customers inside, except in the case of nightlife.

Navarra

No new restrictions or modifications have been announced regarding the COVID passport, which is required in this territory to access special bars and nightclubs, restaurants with a capacity of more than 60 diners and for indoor cultural shows with food or drink.

Basque Country

In the Basque Country, the COVID passport is currently required to enter nightlife establishments and dance venues and shows, as well as restaurants with capacity for more than 50 people.



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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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