Wednesday, September 27

Catalonia confirms that it ends the curfew this Friday

The Generalitat has decided to end the curfew and will not request an extension of the measure to the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC). As of this Friday, it will no longer be prohibited to circulate on the street between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. due to the slight improvement in the data from the pandemic, according to sources from the Ministry of Health.

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The new extension of the rest of the main restrictions in force in the community, such as the closure of nightlife or the maximum of 10 people in social gatherings, will be decided this Tuesday, the same sources have added.

The only restriction that would require judicial approval in case of extension would be the limitation of meetings to ten people. On the other hand, the capacity limitation in bars, restaurants, gyms, cinemas and theaters, which is also in force until this Friday, does not require permission from the TSJC to be extended.

The news of the lifting of the curfew, a measure in force since December 24 for Catalan cities, was expected. The government spokeswoman, Patrícia Plaja, took it almost for granted when last Tuesday she announced that they would decree the end of night confinement if the monitoring indicators of the pandemic did not worsen.

The rise in infections, both in Catalonia and in the other autonomous communities, has left behind its most explosive phase, although it has not yet peaked in terms of ICU admissions. The Department of Health has declared this Monday 114 more patients hospitalized for COVID-19 and six more critical. In the ICU there are 552 people right now. In parallel, 14,810 new infections and one deceased have been registered.

Another measure that is currently under review is the requirement for a COVID-19 passport to access bars, restaurants, gyms and nursing homes. The Minister of Health, Josep Maria Argimon, this weekend transferred the order to the Scientific Advisory Committee of COVID-19 to evaluate its effectiveness against the omicron variant.

Catalonia agreed weeks ago to require the COVID passport to enter bars and restaurants, although the control of the measure falls on the establishments themselves and it is not strictly complied with. The Government itself, in its latest report sent to the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) to request an extension of the measure, admitted that the digital certificate “has not been effective enough to stabilize the contagion curve.”