Publication: Thursday October 29, 2020 2:51 PM
The smallest All Saints Bridge in history is just around the corner. Spain is mired in a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic with a spike in infections. One of the reasons why it is essential to reduce mobility as much as possible and not to make trips unless it is strictly necessary, as requested by the executive.
To avoid this, several autonomous governments have taken advantage of the state of alarm to try to end the situation and lockdowns and curfews add to a series of disparate restrictions that affect meetings, businesses and, above all, the hotel industry.
During the Todos los Santos Bridge, it will not be possible to leave, except in justified cases, Catalonia, Madrid, Aragon, Andalusia, the Basque Country, Asturias, Navarre, La Rioja, Murcia, Castile and León , Cantabria and Castille-La Mancha. Other communities are also studying restrictions on mobility. We explain the situation in each of them.
The community of Madrid
The Community of Madrid has decreed the confinement of the perimeter only for the days corresponding to the Todos los Santos and Almudena bridges (November 9). This was ordered by President Ayuso after resisting the proposed joint seven-day closure in a meeting with Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha and after issuing an order to the central government, which demanded to change the decree. alarm or otherwise. it would not limit the region.
In addition, within the community, it will not be possible to carry out inbound and outbound movements in 32 basic health zones which affect several communes.
Andalusia has decided to close the region for this bridge during a meeting held on Wednesday between the president and a committee of experts.
The region also closed the provinces of Jaén and Seville as well as the municipalities included in the health districts of Córdoba Sur, La Vega de Málaga and the health zone of Jerez Costa Noroeste and Sierra de Cádiz.
In addition, it will not be possible to enter or leave the municipalities of Écija (Seville), Granada and the 32 municipalities of its metropolitan area: Albolote, Alfacar, Alhendín, Armilla, Atarfe, Cájar, Cenes de la Vega, Cijuela, Cullar-Vega, Chauchina, Churriana de la Vega, Dílar, Fuente Vaqueros, Gójar, Guevejar, Huetor-Vega, Jun, Lachar, Maracena, Monachil, Ogíjares, Otura, Peligros, Pinos-Genil, Pinos-Puente, Pulianas, Santa Fe, Viznar, La Zubia, Las Gabias, Vegas del Genil and Valderrubio.
The President of Cantabria, Miguel Ángel Revilla, announced that the autonomous community is closed on its perimeter this Friday and until November 9 due to the “serious” evolution of the cases of coronavirus.
Castilla La Mancha
Castilla-La Mancha announced the containment of the perimeter. Emiliano García-Page, president of Castilla-La Mancha, had called for a 14-day perimeter closure and coordinated with Castilla y León and Madrid. After the meeting between the three regions, García-Page said he would rather err on the side of “cautious” and take strict measures than not to do so. In addition, he warned that the closure of the perimeter will last “until the day that allows the state of alarm”, and that if it was extended, then the closure would last 14 days.
Castile and Leon
The government of Castilla y León has announced the closure of the perimeter until November 9. Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, president of the Junta de Castilla y León, recommended to the population of his region “intelligent self-containment: leave only the essentials of the house, move for basic needs”.
In addition, the municipalities of Aranda de Duero, Burgos, Salamanca, León, Palencia, Miranda de Ebro, San Andrés del Rabanedo and San Pedro Latarce will also be confined.
Catalonia has decreed the closure of the perimeter and municipal containment on weekends for 15 days to stop the advance of the coronavirus. This was announced by the acting president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, who also indicated that all activities in theaters and cinemas and non-professional sports will be closed, as well as extracurricular activities for children and young people.
In addition, the closure of bars and restaurants decreed two weeks ago will be extended, and only businesses of less than 800 square meters will be able to operate, so shopping centers will have to close.
The Valencian Community is also studying a possible closure of the perimeter. This was revealed by Ximo Puig, who assured that in the next few hours they will take “the appropriate decisions” in case it is necessary to avoid the displacement of citizens from other autonomies this weekend.
Asked about the proposed containment of the whole Community or the provinces, the president replied that at this time the situations of certain “populations or specific regions which have a much more aggressive disease rate at present are being evaluated”. .
Extremadura excludes confinement of the perimeter for the moment. The Minister of Health has confirmed that the curfew in this community will be from midnight to 6 a.m. “Our concern in cities like Badajoz, Cáceres, Plasencia or Mérida where the incidence is increasing considerably,” he said.
The Council has restricted entry and exit from Jarandilla de la Vera, Cabezuela del Valle, Jerte and Tornavacas (all in Cáceres), La Roca de la Sierra, Usagre, Almendralejo and Villanueva del Fresno.
In this autonomous community, the restrictions have not yet been applied, although there are restrictions on the hours of shops and other establishments.
There are perimeter closures of several municipalities: Ourense, Barbadás, O Carballiño, O Irixio, Boborás, Verín, Oimbra and Vilardevós.
the Balearic Islands
Balearic President Francina Armengol has ruled out for the moment imposing mobility restrictions at any level. “We have made selective containments when necessary and the state of alarm allows us to make more important containments, but for the moment, it is not necessary”, he underlined.
The Canary Islands are the only autonomous community that has been excluded from the night mobility restrictions envisaged in the text of the state of alarm. In addition, it is the region with the best epidemiological situation today. For the moment, they will not apply any type of containment.
Region of Murcia
Murcia has decreed the closure of the perimeter of the entire region, as well as of all the municipalities that compose it. Until then, the regional government had confined only the municipalities of Totana, Fortuna and Abanilla.
La Rioja has also decreed the confinement of the perimeter of the community, as well as the municipalities of Logroño and Arnedo.
The Aragonese government has also resorted to a state of alarm to confine the community to the perimeter and maintains this measure in the cities of Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel. The curfew has been set from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., but the hotel must close at 10:00 p.m. (except home delivery) and consumption on the premises is prohibited.
The Basque Country has closed its borders and decreed the confinement of each of the communes in the commune, maintaining the curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. and the limit of six people who do not live together for meetings.
Mobility between Asturias and the rest of the autonomous communities is limited indefinitely and thus joins the confinement decreed in Gijón, Oviedo and Avilés. The curfew is in effect from midnight to six in the morning and at 10 p.m. the end of commercial activity and at 11 p.m. that of hotels and restaurants.
Ceuta has decreed the closure of the city perimeter from October 30 to November 1 and from November 6 to November 8 (all inclusive).
Communities most exposed to COVID-19
Leaving aside strict legality, it is important to know the epidemiological risk in which each Spanish territory is found and to be aware to decide whether it is responsible for making displacements during the All Saints’ Day.
According to the COVID-19 traffic light of the Ministry of Health, Navarra, Catalonia, Castile-La Mancha, Castile and León, Navarre, Aragon, Madrid, La Rioja, Ceuta and Melilla are at extreme risk, so it is advisable not to not travel in these territories you do not let them either.
Extremadura, Andalusia, Asturias, the Basque Country, the Balearic Islands and Murcia are at high risk and the Valencian Community, Galicia, Cantabria and the Canary Islands are at medium risk.