By Ron Howells • 25 September 2021 • 11:10
Valencian concert music lovers may need to show Covid passports
Valencian concert music lovers may need to show Covid passports to attend large festivals.
The vice president of the Consell and Minister of Equality, Mónica Oltra, together with President Ximo Puig, announced plans this week to discuss the implementation in the Valencian Community of the covid passport as a way of ensuring safety in mass gatherings such as large music concerts.
In the words of the vice president, inforcing it in a generalised way in all leisure spaces such as restaurants and bars, as has been done months ago in other European countries, was very “complicated” since it raises many complicated legal questions- the main one being a loss of a person’s individual human rights.
Even in the autonomies that have opted for this measure, such as Galicia, the Supreme Court has reduced it to the areas that had the worst epidemiological situation and for specific periods of time, not a ‘blanket’ decision.
The Andalucian President, Juanma Moreno, recently applied to the supreme court for a similar measure but was refused as he [sic] was asking for the whole region to demand Covid passports to enter bars, restaurants and discotheques- irrespective of whether a municipality was registering low Covid or incidence rates.
Oltra said that it is still very necessary to debate and study the proposal and the measure may have to be reduced to just mass events or in areas where it is difficult to keep a safe distance.
However, the Council has said that it does not intend to proceed with the Covid passport requirement until the entire population over 12 years of age has had the opportunity to be vaccinated, as this would constitute discrimination.
Currently, the number of Valencians who have received the two doses continues to increase and is now close to four million: 3,929,907 people, which represents 87.6% of the population to be vaccinated.
Experts continue to insist that, even though Spain has a very high vaccination rate, it is still important to wear a mask inside bars, restaurants and anywhere where they are large gatherings over concerns of a return to Covid breakouts.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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