These are the restrictions adopted by the Communities for New Year’s Eve before the advance of omicron | Society



While the incidence continues to skyrocket, thanks to the new and contagious omicron variant, some communities have already begun to take restrictive measures before the imminent celebration of New Years Eve. Meanwhile, the effect of the vaccine continues to be felt, as can be seen in the low levels of hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.

The President of the Government Pedro Sánchez wanted to send a message of tranquility this Monday, while allowing each regional executive to take the measures they deem appropriate: “We are facing the omicron variant, which science tells us is highly contagious, but also that the impact it has on health is less. We see it in hospitalizations and ICU admissions, and I want to convey that in the coming weeks we will see very high numbers of contagions, but not like that in hospitalizations “.

However, there are already seven autonomous communities that have decided to act decisively to stop the spread of the virus, taking tougher restrictions and reminiscent of past waves, while others may be added in the coming days. At the moment, the most affected regions are: Catalonia, Murcia, Asturias, Navarra, Cantabria, Galicia and Aragon.

Aragon, the last to join

The Aragonese community has announced this Monday that eThe COVID passport is mandatory in hospitality for celebrations of more than ten people, nightlife, game rooms, visits to hospitals, specialized social centers and in large events with more than 500 attendees indoors and 1,000 outdoors.

In addition, it has established the closure of the hospitality and restoration at 00:00, while nightlife establishments must do so at 02:00, joining the border regions, which have also taken measures.

Asturias closes nightlife

On the other hand, the Principality of Asturias requires andl COVID passport for access to social health centers, cultural, sports, restaurant or leisure facilities.

The regional government has also decided to close the interior of nightlife establishments, as well as the cClosing of the hotel establishments at 1.00 in the morning at the latest.

Navarra recommends meetings of a maximum of 10 people and studies more measures

Other regions that have joined to take tougher restrictions against the omicron variant has been Navarra. In this region there is an obligation to present the COVID passport to access special bars and nightclubs, restaurants with a capacity of more than 60 people, as well as for all kinds of indoor cultural shows, residences, hotels and gyms.

Regarding nightlife, it has decreed the closure of establishments, societies and clubs between 1 and 6 hours, while it is recommended that Christmas meetings and celebrations be limited to a maximum of ten people and two family units. However, the regional government has indicated that it is studying tightening its restrictions if the increase in infections continues.

Cantabria also limits nightlife

In relation to Cantabria, the community governed by Miguel Ángel Revilla established that in the municipalities with the highest incidence of the virus -the most populated and all those with more than 5,000 inhabitants- it will not be able to open nightlife. In addition, the COVID passport is mandatory to access the interior of the hotel industry and nightlife, cultural events such as cinema, theater and other venues for shows and mass events and sporting events.

Murcia limits capacity and closes nightlife

The second autonomous community to announce tough measures to stop the advance of the omicron variant was Murcia. His government has decided to shut down all non-essential activity from 1 a.m. In addition, diners per table in bars and restaurants are limited to ten indoors and twelve outdoors.

The COVID passport will be required in all nightlife venues, where the use of the dance floors is not allowed and consumption in the bar and outdoors will always be seated. Finally, it is recommended to avoid concentrations of people on public roads.

Galicia, COVID passport and limited capacity

Thus, Galicia is another of the communities that has decided to impose some measures. The executive of Núñez Feijóo limited the capacity in the hospitality industry to eight diners indoors and fifteen on the terrace, in addition to prohibiting stand-up cocktail events and reception events with aperitifs.

In addition, the COVID passport is mandatory to access the hotel and restaurant industry, nightlife, tourist hostels, and health centers, services and establishments.

Catalonia, the only one with a curfew

The Government of the Generalitat has been the one that, for the moment, has opted for the toughest measures, returning to a measure that already seemed something of the past, the curfew. It establishes it between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., in addition to decreeing the closure of nightlife and limiting capacity to 70% in various sectors.

In addition, it limits social gatherings throughout Catalonia to a maximum of ten people and the COVID passport is required for hotels, gyms and to visit relatives in residences.

Recommendations and ‘soft’ restrictions in the rest of the regions

Beyond the five communities mentioned, in the rest of the Spanish territory, shock measures against the virus that are too prohibitive in comparison have not been adopted for the time being. This is the case of Andalusia, where the COVID passport or a negative diagnostic test is mandatory for the interior of hospitality, leisure and leisure establishments and for residences for the elderly and hospitals, and it is also recommended to limit Christmas meals to a maximum of two family nuclei.

One of the regions that can disappear from the list of ‘soft’ restrictions to go to the ‘hard’ is Euskadi. The community led by Iñigo Urkullu is studying what measures to adopt for this week of Christmas celebrations and has called a press conference this Tuesday to announce its decision. With a record of contagions at maximum, the Lehendakari already dropped in the Conference of Presidents that he wanted to get his hands on the schedules and the hospitality capacity. This Monday it added more than 4200 cases and the accumulated incidence already exceeds 2000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

In the case of the islands, in the Balearic Islands the COVID passport is mandatory in restaurants with more than 50 seats, as well as cocktail bars or celebrations that have more than 50 people. Also for health workers or, failing that, the performance of three PCRs weekly. For its part, in the Canary Islands, this Passport is implemented on a voluntary basis, that is, the owner of the establishment may or may not ask his clients for the vaccination certificate.

On the other hand, the two Castiles are currently exempt from restrictions. The only message that has been sent has been from the executive of Castilla y León, which has decided to recommend limiting the number of coexistence units and people in family gatherings these days.

Another that is shown in the same line is Extremadura, who has not announced any restrictive measure for the moment and has limited itself toecommend that the tables should not be for more than ten people, and that the nuclei of cohabitants who meet are “the least possible.”

Madrid or La Rioja are other regions that have not chosen to take these measures either. Díaz Ayuso has already indicated that he does not intend to limit the capacity, while the Riojan government has established the use of the Covid passport for people over 12 years old as mandatory to access nightlife venues, restaurants with a capacity greater than 50 diners , to residences, party rooms and outdoor events of more than 1,000 people in the public in which it is possible to consume food and drink.

Finally, both in the Valencian Community and in both autonomous cities, Ceuta and Melilla, the only restriction is the COVID passport. In the peninsular region, the COVID passport is required to access leisure and restaurant venues, regardless of capacity, in spaces dedicated to recreational and chance activities with food, in events and celebrations of more than 500 people and to enter hospitals and residences social services, as well as gyms or cinemas, circuses, sports facilities and venues where food or drink is consumed.

For its part, in Ceuta it is limited to people over 12 years of age to access indoor hotel and restaurant venues with a capacity of more than 50 people, as well as nightlife, while in Melilla The COVID passport is mandatory to access the interior of hospitality establishments and in and out of nightlife establishments or those in which activities such as dancing are carried out, as well as to access residences, hospitals and prisons.




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George Holan

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

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