By Deirdre Tynan • 08 July 2021 • 16:32
Valencia’s President Ximo Puig.
Valencia has re-introduced Covid restrictions and is urging people to wear masks outdoors. The Generalitat is also seeking powers to impose curfews in high risk areas.
Night clubs will be shut, hotels will close at 12.30am and have reduced capacity with a maximum of six people per table inside and 10 outside. The restrictions will come into force on Saturday at midnight and will remain until July 25.
The Generalitat is also seeking powers to impose curfews in high-risk areas between 1am and 6am, limit the number of people who can meet at home to 10, and halt the sale of alcohol in shops and supermarkets after 8pm.
“The pandemic has worsened. Nine days after the last restrictions, the virus forces us to take action. It forces us to stop the progressive opening,” the President of Valencia, Ximo Puig, said after a meeting of the Interdepartmental Table for Prevention and Action against Covid-19 on July 8.
“A fundamental part of the outbreaks begins in the leisure sector, regulated and unregulated. We cannot have an active risk of this type because it is a danger to public health,” he added.
More than 63 per cent of new cases are among people between 15 and 34-years-of-age.
Concerts and events will also reduce their capacity from 4,000 to 3,000 spectators for outdoor events and 2,000 people in closed spaces.
The Generalitat will request that the Superior Court of Justice of the Valencian Community to establish again the night curfew from 1am to 6am in municipalities with the highest incidences.
In addition, the Generalitat will also ask the court to limit to 10 the number of people who can meet both in public and private spaces throughout the Valencian Community.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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