Cantabria decrees the closure of nightlife immediately, reduces once again the capacity in the hotel and restaurant sector and applies new restrictions on cultural or sports facilities in practically all of its territory, especially in those most populated municipalities and with a higher incidence of the coronavirus. This has been determined by the Ministry of Health after the last update of the COVID Traffic Light carried out this Monday, which raises the alert throughout the autonomous community to level 3 due to the generalized worsening of the pandemic and imposes tougher measures to try to stop the expansion of the illness.
The hoteliers warn that if the nightlife is closed, the parties will move to the street
In recent weeks, new restrictions had been introduced, such as the obligation to use the COVID passport in certain social areas after obtaining the endorsement of the Justice, and the level of risk had risen as the data worsened. However, the effects have been almost nil. Now, at the gates of the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve parties, the main novelty will be the closure of discos and bars, although the Cantabrian Hospitality Association has already announced that it does not rule out appealing this decision to the courts, asking for precautionary measures that allow the celebration of traditional party favors.
At level 3 of the health alert, in which a total of 50 municipalities in Cantabria are located – all those with more than 5,000 inhabitants are at that level – the opening of hotel and restaurant establishments is also conditioned to the use of meters of CO2 and access must be done with a COVID passport, in addition to being allowed a capacity inside of 75%, with six people per table. In addition, the retail trade must limit its capacity to one third, the same as wakes and funerals or sports facilities, while in cultural facilities it is 50% and with maximum groups of six people.
As the Minister of Health, Miguel Rodríguez (PSOE) warned last week, the rapid advance of COVID in this sixth wave, in full Christmas holidays, has forced his department to advance the application of these measures, which also in This time they will come into force imminently and will be effective as of this morning. And it is that all the parameters that serve to assess the evolution of the pandemic have seriously worsened in a few days and leave the community in a very worrying situation, which will foreseeably get worse when the infections registered during lunch and dinner begin to be reported of Christmas.
According to data recorded by the Cantabrian Health Service (SCS), the cumulative incidence at 14 days is currently in Cantabria at 997 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while that relating to 7 days reaches 693 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, record figures since the start of the pandemic. In addition, the positivity of the tests carried out is close to 16% and the upward trend is 128%. There is also concern about the occupation of the Intensive Care Units (ICU) by COVID patients, which is at 16.3% after having to enable new beds and suspend surgical operations to care for patients with coronavirus, which already account for 7, 5% of hospitalizations.
COVID traffic light
After this latest update, The evaluation of the COVID Traffic Light places 50 municipalities in Cantabria at level 3 this week of high risk, 16 in level 2 of medium risk and, to the rest, the remaining 36, in low risk. The Ministry of Health thus advances the publication of incidence data by municipalities, due to the worsening of all the epidemiological indicators used for the evaluation. The preventive health measures associated with each level of risk will come into effect at 00:00 on Tuesday, December 28.
In fact, 50 municipalities in the community are in red on the incidence map, including all the larger municipalities: Santander, Torrelavega, Castro Urdiales, Camargo, Piélagos, El Astillero, Santa Cruz de Bezana, Laredo or Santoña. To these must be added Los Corrales de Buelna, Bárcena de Cicero, Santa María de Cayón, Reinosa, Suances, Colindres, Reocín, Cabezón de la Sal, Medio Cudeyo, Polanco, Cartes, Entrambasaguas and Marina de Cudeyo. Other municipalities such as Miengo, Ribamontán al Mar, Ampuero, Villaescusa, Ramales de la Victoria, Puente Viesgo, Val de San Vicente, Voto, Noja, Liérganes, Ribamontán al Monte, Penagos, Arnuero, Corvera are also at level 3 alert for COVID de Toranzo, Limpias, Argoños, Santiurde de Toranzo, Villacarriedo, Hazas de Cesto, Molledo, Potes, Cillorigo de Liébana, Liendo, Solórzano, Cabuérniga, Escalante, Cabezón de Liébana and Herrerías.
To those mentioned must be added, at level 2 of medium risk, the municipalities of Santillana del Mar, San Vicente de la Barquera, Campoo de Enmedio, Castañeda, Alfoz de Lloredo, San Felices de Buelna, Guriezo, Valdáliga, Comillas, Mazcuerras , Meruelo, Bareyo, Selaya, Riotuerto, Rasines and Camaleño. The rest of the 36 municipalities of the community are at low risk level 1 for COVID, since there is no locality that remains at the controlled risk level.