The Government of Aragon and the local entities have held this Thursday, chaired by the counselor Mayte Pérez, a meeting of the Local Council extended to the provincial councils and city councils of the three capitals, an appointment in which, among other issues, the celebration of festivities during the month of October or the beginning of the school year in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
All the members of this body have agreed to extend the ban on holding festivals during the month of October due to the unstable epidemiological situation and that they generate mobility and a knock-on effect that could complicate the management of the pandemic.
Together with the Minister for the Presidency and Institutional Relations, the heads of Health and Education, Sira Repollés and Felipe Faci respectively, were present at the meeting.
Mayte Pérez wanted to “thank the responsibility and predisposition” shown by the members of the Local Council, who, as in previous meetings, have set “an example to Aragonese society”. “As in all Local Councils,” he added, “decisions have been made normally, from consensus, sharing the diagnosis and based on epidemiological criteria.”
The head of the Presidency has made public the decision adopted by the expanded Local Council: that, “in the current circumstances, celebrating a patron saint festival is not the most prudent or the most advisable thing”, which has led to its suspension until the end of the month . Mayte Pérez has specified that “that does not mean that, like all this summer, there are cultural or other activities, always complying with the prescriptions and measures of the Department of Health.”
Zaragoza will not have parties
The deputy mayor of Zaragoza and municipal councilor for Culture and Foreign Protection, Sara Fernández, has confirmed that the city will not celebrate the Fiestas del Pilar this year, after the decision adopted in the enlarged Local Council of Aragon, which she has attended electronically, but will There will be an Offering of Flowers to the Virgen del Pilar on October 12, although with measures adapted to COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Fernández explained, in statements to the media, after participating in the aforementioned Local Council, that some cultural and other events already scheduled will also be held.