The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has called for this Wednesday the Conference of Presidents to analyze the current wave of coronavirus, the sixth, and try to agree common measures for the whole country.
Several regional presidents have already made concrete proposals, some contradictory to each other, such as the return to the mandatory outdoor mask or a legal framework that allows them to adopt restrictions with legal guarantees. Other communities, such as Catalonia, have advanced to take measures to stop the contagions promoted by the omicron variant and by the greater social interaction of Christmas, while the Community of Madrid has already distanced itself from new restrictions.
Andalusia: “urgent” pandemic law
The Junta de Andalucía will demand an “urgent” law on national pandemics at the Conference. “There can’t be seventeen different ways“to manage a health crisis, a pandemic or a vaccination campaign, said the spokesman for the Board, Elías Bendodo.
The Andalusian government will not adopt new restrictions until the result of the Conference is known, although it already asks the Andalusians to use the masks “whenever possible”, and that there are “as few people as possible” in social gatherings.
President Juanma Moreno will also defend the use of masks outside and the need to have a Covid 2022 Fund that allows to meet the expenses derived from health care. Moreno does not see more restrictions or states of alarm appropriate because, he assures, Andalusia is at the bottom in the accumulated incidence of coronavirus in Spain and at half of the hospital pressure in the country.
The president of Aragon, Javier Lambán, considers that “It is not feasible” to take additional measures before Christmas, since “the population is jaded, exhausted from having to accept restrictions.”
Lambán will also ask to extend the COVID funds because the prolongation of the pandemic requires “an economic response.”
The President of the Principality, Adrián Barbón, has been discharged from hospital after having tested positive, and will be able to participate in the Conference, although no measures have been advanced.
The Principality does not apply capacity or schedule restrictions, and does not require the COVID certificate. However, the general director of Public Health, Rafael Cofiño, has warned that he could expand restrictions if the increase in cases continues.
The president of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, will participate in the Conference of Presidents despite being confined “to defend its measures against COVID-19, endorsed, also judicially.”
From December 4 to January 24, in Balearic Islands request the COVID certificate in cocktail bars and restaurants with a capacity of more than 50 clients, including covered terraces. It was already applied in discos and homes for the elderly.
The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, expects “unity of action”, recalls that the community has always defended “co-governance” and has respected the measures adopted. The Canary Islands have not advanced any specific proposal.
The Cantabrian President Miguel Angel Revilla, has expressed the need for a common regulation, such as a pandemic law. Revilla has asked that “we be capable, for once,” that the measures taken are “common to the entire territory” and “all abide by them.”
Castilla la Mancha
The President of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano Garcia-Page, does not consider it necessary to declare a state of alarm or exception, but will propose the review of the situation in terms of mass events and will support the mandatory use of masks outdoors.
Castilla y León: Criticisms of the Government
In the midst of a remodeling of his government and after calling elections, the president of Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Manueco it has lamented the lack of leadership of the central government and has criticized it for not having yet approved a pandemic law.
However, Fernández Mañueco has assured that he will attend “with loyalty” and will ask that vaccination is intensified, and launch a new COVID fund. Fernández Mañueco will also ask for compliance with the law that establishes the mandatory use of masks outdoors when the interpersonal safety distance cannot be met and in massive events.
Catalonia comes forward and requests a curfew
This Monday, the health authorities of Catalonia announced that they are going to request judicial endorsement to reapply the curfew, limit meetings to ten people, close nightlife and reduce capacity.
Inside restaurants and gyms the capacity will be reduced to 50% and in culture to 70%. In addition, the Generalitat wants teleworking to resume to stop contagion.
The curfew from 01:00 to 06:00 in the morning along with the rest of the measures would take effect on the night of this Thursday to Friday.
Catalonia will also ask to expand the COVID funds, a claim shared by several autonomous governments.
The president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has been asking for the use of outdoor mask, and also defends unifying the criteria to require the COVID certificate.
“In this time of crowds, it can be a very powerful instrument; to replace the mandatory mask on the street again, it seems to me a very prudent measure,” said Núñez Feijóo, who is betting that this measure extends until the end of January.
In addition, he has also put on the table unify criteria for the use of the COVID certificate and assess the possibility of not having to wait six months between the second and third doses of the vaccine.
Madrid stands out from new restrictions
The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has stated that is not “in a position” to change Madrid’s health strategy, nor agreeing on new restrictions with the autonomous communities in the Conference of Presidents, whose convocation has been described as “supervening”.
Ayuso announced this Tuesday that he will ask the Ministry of Health for a change of criteria in quarantines and that the vaccinated contacts with complete schedule do not have to be isolated, and also it has been against the “massive closures”.
The Community of Madrid is committed to promoting vaccination and the massive antigen tests (This Wednesday pharmacies are scheduled to distribute a free test to all Madrid residents) and for asking for “responsibility” as ways to stop the wave.
The Murcian Minister of Health, Juan José Pedreño, assures that they do not come with proposals to the meeting, but rather dIt must be the President of the Government who takes “the reins” raising the proposals.
The regional president, Fernando López Miras, expects from Pedro Sánchez “a coordination proposal.”
Navarra calls for “consensus initiatives”
The use of the mask is mandatory outdoors “Unless it can be reliably ensured that the safety distance is kept,” the Regional Government Health Minister recalled this Tuesday, Santos Induráin. In that sense, it is mandatory in shopping streets, mass events, bus stops or street markets.
Prevention is one of the tools that the Provincial Government is betting on in the face of the pandemic, along with vaccination, “the most important” and in which they will continue to advance, along with the COVID passport.
Induráin has been in favor of adopting “consensus initiatives” in the conference.
Basque Country: masks and “legal guarantees”
The president, Iñigo Urkullu, will ask the Conference of Presidents for the mandatory use of the mask too outdoors and to be introduced legal changes so that the autonomies have “legal guarantees” when applying restrictions, even with a pandemic law.
Valencia: masks and common criteria for COVID certificate
The Valencian Community also believes that the outdoor mask must return. “We pursue safer spaces – declared Ximo Puig – and more protected people. We want the measures implemented in the Community to be so in all of Spain as well, and work together with the rest of the communities to generate comfortable spaces for all citizens, without looking for useless confrontations, “he claimed.
The Generalitat also believes that there should be common criteria for the requirement of the COVID certificate.