The Basque Government recommends limiting Christmas celebrations to ten people and two family units




Given the forecast of an increase in social contacts at Christmas, the recommendations of the technicians of the regional Executive to the Basque population focus on lunches and dinners.

The Basque Government recommends that at Christmas dinners and meals in Euskadi no more than ten people from two coexistence units meet and that Sharing dishes, hugging, and actions that can release aerosols such as singing or yelling are avoided, especially in closed spaces.

Given the forecast of an increase in social contacts at Christmas, the recommendations of the technicians of the regional Executive to the Basque population focus on lunches and dinners.

The Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui, has announced in his parliamentary appearance on Monday the recommendations that the LABI technical commission has drawn up for these dates, as announced by the Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu.

“An appeal is made to the public for the self-limitation and self-responsibility in the fulfillment of measures that avoid the generation of risks of spread of the disease “, includes the document of recommendations, which emphasizes the need to comply with the preventive measures of mask use, hand hygiene, ventilation and interpersonal distance.

Especially at Christmas, there are situations that promote the advance of covid-19, so it is recommended intensify prudence and remember that Euskadi is in an emergency situation for the pandemic.

Regarding the realization of acts and events typical of these dates, such as the fairs and markets, religious events, expositions of nativity scenes, parades and parades, party favors and other festivals similar to Christmas. As a general principle, public and private organizing entities are urged to refrain from organizing, promoting or participating in collective acts in which compliance with the minimum safety and prevention requirements cannot be guaranteed. In the same way, it is recommended to avoid the organization of dinners or business lunches.

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The population is recommended to extreme the prudence in Christmas events; in waiting queues; in areas with a lot of influx and mobility of people, in spaces of train and bus stations, as well as airports. They are also places of much bustle, schools when students enter and exit; places of worship; malls; and shopping streets and city centers during these busiest days.

With respect to consumption in hospitality establishments, it is recommended that unfolds in an orderly manner at tables (six people), better than at the bar and with small groups; and whenever possible abroad.

These measures are made public three days after Christmas Eve and at a time when the daily positives rise to 1607, with a contagion rate of 11.5% and an incidence in 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants of 1,179.15 this Sunday. In hospitals there are 324 people with covid in the plant and 105 in the ucis and the people who died with coronavirus during the last week are 38.

“We are faced with the consequences of the last holiday bridge,” said Sagardui, who insisted that “the pandemic has not improved at all, contagion levels have skyrocketed, the traffic to hospitals is increasing Y it is not seen that in the short term the trend will change“.

The Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, believes that it is “urgent” that the mandatory outdoor mask be established, that preventive measures are harmonized and that legal coverage is guaranteed for their implementation to face this sixth wave of the covid-19 pandemic. Facing the next meeting of the Conference of Presidents, to be held on the 22nd, he has called for “sharing a diagnosis and analyzing common measures” because “the disparity of responses and decisions” in the different autonomous communities is not positive.

Follow the recommendationss in the face of coronavirus from the health authorities. If you live in the CAV and have symptoms, call your usual health center. The Health Council will also attend to people on the phone 900 20 30 50, offering information and solving doubts about the coronavirus. If you live in Navarra, call the Health Council telephone number: 948 290 290. Remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of covid-19 is to use a mask, ventilate the spaces, keep a safe distance and wash your hands.

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