Less than a week left for Christmas and with it, the celebrations and social gatherings multiply. But this year we must stick to the exceptionality due to the coronavirus pandemic, and given the rise in infections and the dreaded third wave, each autonomous community is taking the appropriate measures to try to stop the spread of Covid-19. Curfews, opening and closing of the region, family reunions … These are some of the restrictions that the territories have put in place, after the minister Salvador Illa authorizes the autonomies to further restrict the agreed measures.
The Govern has further tightened the restrictions, which will be applied from Monday, December 21 until January 11, with exceptions on holidays.
On the designated days of the Christmas holidays, a maximum of ten people including children. The rest of the days, social gatherings must be of a maximum of six people.
The toughest measures will be directed at hostelry. The afternoon service and the in-person dinners are canceled, only take away and home delivery service will be allowed. Regarding the capacity, there may be four people at the tables, six if they belong to the same coexistence unit and indoors, the capacity will remain at 30%.
With regard to mobility, entry and exit from the community will be allowed to visit relatives and friends. The district closure will apply from Monday to Sunday. He curfew it will remain the same, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., although it will be flexible on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (until 1 a.m.) and Twelfth Night (until 11 p.m.).
In Madrid they they also reduce meetings from ten to six people in the Christmas holidays after the increase in cases in recent weeks. Further, five basic health zones They release mobility restrictions this Monday and for two weeks, although trips will be allowed on these key days of the holidays.
The regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has ruled out preventing the community from entering and leaving to see family members, although it will remain closed in other cases between December 23 and January 6. Nor will it close shops or hotels.
The Valencian Community limits the maximum number of people gathered to six. It also increases the restriction of night mobility between eleven at night and six in the morning, except on December 24 and 31, in which the curfew will begin at twelve.
The Generalitat Valenciana will only allow the entry to the region of residents and prohibits travel by family or friends. This is perhaps the most relevant measure, and it will remain in effect until January 15.
CASTILLA AND LEÓN
Castilla y León will limit entry to the community to family members who attend between December 23 and 26, and December 30 and January 2, and extend meetings from six to ten. The perimeter confinement is maintained until January 10 with exceptions for family members, not close friends.
The principality values reducing a maximum of six people in the family reunions on December 24, 25, 31 and January 6. They will also delay the curfew until 1.30 am on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
In Mallorca there will be six meetings, while in Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca ten will be allowed. These latter islands will also delay the curfew until 1.30 am on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
In Tenerife, meetings are reduced to a maximum of six on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1, and the curfew is brought forward at ten at night. In the rest of the islands it will also be six people but excluding minors between 0 and 6 years old. The curfew is extended until 1.30 am on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
Galicia recommends a maximum of six people in meetings, it does not have a perimeter lock and the curfew is delayed, as in La Rioja, Navarra and Murcia, at 1.30 am on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
The other communities continue to assess whether to tighten the measures according to the evolution of the pandemic.
On the other hand, in other countries the restrictions are being tougher due to the increase in Covid-19 infections, so that some have even opted for an almost total closure this exceptional Christmas.
In France, Emmanuel macron on Wednesday decreed a nationwide curfew for four weeks, but can be extended to six, and mobility is restricted from eight in the afternoon to six in the morning with the exception of Christmas Eve, which is allowed free circulation of citizens.
In addition, restaurants and bars will be closed, at least until January 20, and like museums and cinemas, which will close until January 7. The stores, on the contrary, will remain open.
As for the meetings, these will be of a maximum of six adults.
In the case of Germany, the chancellor Angela Merkel, has decreed a new "hard" confinement from this Wednesday until next January 10, closing non-essential shops, schools and nurseries (the latter closed for three and a half weeks, but promoting distance education). Bars, restaurants, cinemas, concert halls and theaters will also remain closed until January 10, keeping only home deliveries.
Thus, they will be able to open pharmacies, supermarkets, banks and the shops that sell Christmas trees.
Regarding the meetings, they are still limited to five people with a maximum of two addresses, although those under 14 years of age are not taken into account. This restriction will be relaxed on December 24 and 26. But one of the most restrictive measures will be applied on New Years Eve and New Years, where the national gathering in public spaces will be prohibited.
UKFor its part, it has decreed the maximum level of risk in some places, developing a tougher system of selective restrictions, but with gyms and non-essential goods shops open.
London and some areas of the counties of Essex and Hertfordshire are at maximum level of restrictions, so as of this Wednesday bars and restaurants must be closed, although home deliveries will be allowed. With the new measures, in addition, there may not be any type of social gathering in closed places and only meetings between people from different homes abroad will be allowed, with a maximum of six people.
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