Important Update On NEW Valencia Regulations

Important Update On NEW Valencia Regulations credit: Calpe town hall

IMPORTANT update on new Valencia regulations regarding bar and restaurant openings
The internet has been lit up ever since the president of the Valencian Community, Ximo Puig, announced at 3pm yesterday (February 25) that the current coronavirus measures would gradually be relaxed from next month. Much confusion has abounded as to whether this means that bars and restaurants can reopen on Monday or Tuesday next week, but the matter has been cleared up by the publication of the official decree of the Generalitat Valenciana, which you can read in full on here the government’s website.
According to the official decree, the NEW measures come into play on March 1, so that bars, restaurants and cafes can open their terraces on Monday until 6pm. The regional government has reiterated that face masks must be worn at all times on these premises unless food or beverages are being consumed.

Important Update On NEW Valencia Regulations
Image credit: Generalitat Velenciana

The six major changes announced by the president are as follows:

  1. Up to four people from different households can now meet up in public spaces; restrictions in private households remain the same as before. “The houses cannot be alternative bars, you have to be very prudent in the private sphere,” said the president.
  2. The municipal perimeter of the 16 cities that were closed on weekends ends; however, the perimeter closure of the Valencian Community remains in place
  3. The hospitality industry may once again open terraces until 6pm. A maximum of four people are allowed to a table and the maximum capacity on terraces is 75 per cent
  4. All non-essential retail may open until 8pm with a 50 per cent capacity
  5. Parks and public gardens may reopen. Places of worship can expand their capacity to 50 per cent
  6. Sports restrictions: People can practice sports in outdoor facilities with groups up to a maximum of four people allowed. Indoor facilities, including gyms, remain closed.

The new restrictions will remain in place for 15 days and the committee of experts will meet again on March 9 to discuss the next steps in the de-escalation plan, including the possibility of reopening the inside of bars, restaurants and cafes. The current 10pm curfew remains in place.
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