Government to close Catalonia and impose weekend curfew

The Government has announced the perimeter closure of Catalonia from midnight on Friday, October 30, for 15 days and municipal confinement on weekends.

THE municipal confinement will mean people must remain in their homes from 6am on Friday to 6am on Monday morning.

Interim president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, said today (Thursday, October 29) all cultural, sports, bar and restaurant activities will be suspended, along with extracurricular activities for children and young people.

Food delivery service will be allowed until 11pm.

Only shops of less than 800 sqm will be able to operate, with capacity restrictions in place, meaning shopping centres will have to shut.

Where possible, teleworking is advised and while schools and colleges remain open, telematics education is recommended.

With the new measures, the Government intends to reduce the mobility of citizens as much as possible, to try to reduce the rate of infections in the community.

The initial duration of the restrictions will be 15 days, although the health authorities have warned they could be extended if it is deemed necessary.

Aragonès has justified the “social stop” as a ” containment dam ” to stop the pandemic, pointing out that the figures in Catalonia are not good.

He said the care situation is “very worrying”, with 434 people admitted to ICUs.

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