Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2020 11:44 PM
Published on: 10/22/2020 9:13 PM
Given the postponement of the debate on a possible national curfew, some communities have chosen to ask for it on their territory because of the progress of the pandemic. This is the case of the Generalitat Valenciana and Andalusia, which asked for the restriction of mobility in the city of Granada in the wee hours of the morning.
The President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, announced that he had asked the Generalitat’s attorneys office for a resolution to restrict night mobility after the end of the Interterritorial Council meeting without an agreement on the national curfew. Thus, the regional health ministry is studying the legal way to implement it from 00:00 to 6:00 until December 9, with additional measures that “will not affect the economy”.
During a press conference, Puig announced that the Valencian government will send this resolution to the Superior Court of Justice of the Community so that it can be validated in the next 48 hours and that it can be made effective “the first days of next week “because faced with the increase in the pandemic” we must react with determination “.
If not guaranteed, it will ask for the alarm status
He ensured that there were “clear indications” that there are enough legal arguments to be able to lift the night curfew, but if not, they will investigate and demand that a state of alarm be decreed in the Valencian Community “without doubt”.
According to Puig, the additional measures being finalized and which he has not detailed do not propose the closure of the hotel industry at 10 pm or harm the economic fabric, but “accompany” the restriction in a time slot where ” prohibited situations have been detected that trigger contagions “, to limit private parties or bottles and act in social and family spaces.
The advisor stressed that the last bridge on October 9 “subsequently marked the increase in the incidence of the coronavirus”, which has increased by 45% in the last two weeks, while in October the revenues of factories increased. of 97% and in ICU 65%, as indicated by the president.
The measure will only allow those who are going to work, to a medical emergency or to dependent people, to travel at night
“We must continue to take one more step in the right direction”, he stressed to argue for the restriction of night mobility, while stressing “to flee alarmism but also irresponsibility”, while defending this support. the economic, social and political forces of the Community give “force” to the decision.
Puig admitted that he would have liked “a national position for the whole of Spain” but while awaiting a possible common agreement, the Community “is on the way” with a decision which will only allow those who go to work to travel at night, to a medical emergency or care for dependent persons. The president stressed that there was no unanimity but a “very large majority” in favor of the curfew.
Petition for a curfew in Granada and 30 other municipalities
The Junta de Andalucía agreed this Thursday to apply a curfew in Granada and in thirty municipalities in its metropolitan area, limiting mobility from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. and the closing of bars from 10 p.m. to 10 p.m. cities of Seville, Cordoba and Jaén.
At the press conference after the Board of Governors, the Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, explained that before applying the mobility restriction in Granada, they had asked for it to be ratified by the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia (TSJA), Although it has the approval of the legal services of the Council.
Aguirre said these measures are being adopted due to a “worrying increase in coronavirus infections” with a cumulative incidence per 100,000 population of 301.5 cases over the past fourteen days, with particular concern in Granada (907) .
The Governing Council also agreed to extend screening in several provinces and to apply the capacity limits of commercial establishments and the closure of bars and restaurants at 10 p.m., decreed in Granada on October 14, in the capitals of Seville, Jaén and Cordoba at midnight from Sunday to Monday. Likewise, the use of masks in restaurants throughout Andalusia will be more difficult, with the obligation to have them all the time they stay in the premises and they can only be removed for consumption and also in the sports in open spaces where there is agglomeration.
In Granada, the measures adopted in universities and colleges and residences are renewed. Similarly, the restrictions and measures of the decree of October 14 have been decreed in various municipal councils of the municipality, which decrees that all establishments, commercial premises and services open to the public cannot exceed 50% of the authorized capacity or close. beyond 10 p.m., except for pharmaceutical, medical, veterinary, petroleum and other establishments considered essential.
Bar consumption is not permitted and the maximum table occupancy is six people in bars and restaurants; Visits or outings by users are not authorized in residential socio-health centers, and attendance at vigils is limited to a maximum of 15 people in the open air or ten in closed spaces.
Castilla y León is already studying a curfew
The legal services of the Junta de Castilla y León are currently trying to find a legal framework for the establishment of a night curfew in their territory, which would start “at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.”, because the lack of definition known to the Interterritorial Health Council this afternoon is “unacceptable”.
This was announced tonight, in an interview with Castilla y León Televisión, the vice president and spokesperson of the board of directors, Francisco Igea. Regarding the formula the Council is considering to order the curfew, Igea said she was analyzing whether it could be a “decree-law”, although she insisted that whatever the mechanism, the important thing is to take the “necessary” measures, such as a curfew, and that they must be ratified by the courts when restricting fundamental rights, although she argued that ‘they will wait for the court decision a posteriori.
Regarding the term in which they hope to have this legal tool ready, Igea indicated that “as soon as possible” and with “sufficient force” to “avoid nightly meetings” in private homes, since the perception of the Council is that infections have moved from the hotel sector to the domestic sector in recent weeks.
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“To be loyal is to tell the truth and I will tell it to you,” he said about tomorrow’s meeting with the Minister of Health, whom he will blame for not even having approved a decree. with the measures agreed this afternoon, which include the different levels of risk, with Castilla y León at an “extreme” level, as this generates a “very complex legal situation”.