By Matthew Roscoe •
Published: 19 Aug 2020 • 10:21
CAR LIMIT: 50 per cent occupancy. CREDIT: Shutterstock
During the latest meeting of the Covid Monitoring Committee on Tuesday morning, the Murcian regional government has taken the decision to limit the number of people allowed in vehicles, who do not live together, by 50 per cent.
THE new enforcement applies to those from separate households and is a preventative measure designed to slow to new sudden spike in Covid-19 cases within the region.
The decision was made after detecting “many contagions when travelling to the workplace” said regional president, Fernando López Miras.
The regional explained, “For example, in a five-seater vehicle, only three seats can be occupied.”
This new measure aims to protect workers that have to travel in groups for work, with the agricultural sector experiencing more cases because of the close proximity of work travel, and the new measures aim to ensure that those required to travel can socially distance from co-workers.
It appears to indicate that some restrictions from Phase 2 of the de-escalation process are returning.
Both national and regional governments have been focusing on possible causes of new outbreaks and are returning to measures that appeared to work well previously.
These latest restrictions follow on from the announcement to close down nightclubs and cocktail bars, limit private gatherings to 10 people, prohibit drinking and smoking in the streets, or within two metres of another person.
Restrictions to weddings and funerals are to be discussed again by officials after a groom of a wedding Cabezo de Torres, which had 200 guests in attendance, tested positive.
The guests have been PCR tested and have been quarantined whilst awaiting the results.
This highlights a need to limit social gatherings, whilst officials try to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus, without imposing the lockdowns we experienced at the beginning of the outbreak.
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