By Sarah Keane • 01 February 2021 • 11:53
New Mask Rules Come Into Effect In Spain’s Valencia
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NEW Covid rules including mask-wearing on beaches come into effect in Spain’s Valencia
A wave of new Covid restrictions announced by the president of the Valencian Government, Ximo Puig, and published in the Official Gazette, will come into effect at 00:00 on Monday, February 1 and remain in place until at least 11:59pm on February 15. According to the new rules, the use of a mask is mandatory during any physical activity or sport in an urban area between the hours of 10am and 7pm.
In addition, anyone over the age of 6 must wear a mask “at all times” while visiting an urban beach; previously, a mask wasn’t required of people sitting down sunbathing on the beach. Access to the beaches remains fully open, but a maximum number of two people are allowed in a group, except for those living together.
Saunas, spas, solariums, Turkish baths and massage parlours will all be required to close their doors from February 1.
In addition to these new measures, the Generalitat has also announced that the hospitality industry will remain closed until February 15. Likewise, all non-essential businesses must close by 6pm, and perimeter restrictions remain in place for all towns with a population greater than 50,000 between 3pm on Fridays and 6am on Monday mornings.
It should be noted, however, that Alicante City Council has appealed to the regional government to begin the municipal border closures at the later time of 6pm to allow people to get home for the weekend, and avoid the travel chaos that was seen on the first weekend of the restrictions.
For the time being, only people who habitually live together can socialise in private homes, and meetings in public are limited to a maximum of two cohabitants.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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