By Cathy Elelman •
Published: 24 Aug 2020 • 15:31
THE Catalan government announced tighter restrictions on Monday to try and stem the recent surge in the number of new Covid-19 cases.
One of the main measures is a two-week ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, whether private or in public.
The exceptions are professional meetings and transport.
Catalan President Quim Torra justified the move on the grounds that 70 per cent of recent infections in the region originate from get-togethers with friends or family.
“This is where we have to attack”, he commented.
Torra reminded the public of other restrictions and measures which remain in place: social distancing of 1.5 metres, using face masks, regular hand washing, the closure of nightspots, limits on restaurant opening hours and a ban on drinking and smoking in public places.
He also urged people to stay at home as much as possible and to limit their social contacts.
The Catalan president further revealed that “specific measures” will be implemented in the localities of Terrassa, Granollers, Franqueses and Canovelles in the Valles Occidental area of the region.
The maximum capacity in restaurants and cafes, both for indoor and external areas is 50 per cent, and 33 per cent in places of worship.
The greater restrictions in Cataluña come as the latest figures reveal a further 1,788 people in Spain have tested positive for the virus over the last 24 hours.
This brings the total number of cases in Cataluña since the start of the pandemic to 122,335.
On Tuesday the Catalan government will hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss and approve the plan for the return to the classrooms on September 14.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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