The Government of Catalonia is studying requesting authorization from the Justice to decree the night curfew in the municipalities with the most contagious municipalities, as is already the case in the Valencian Community. The measure, which was not on the table this Monday, has gained strength this Tuesday in the face of the unstoppable increase in positives. “The health system is dying,” said the Government spokesperson, Patrícia Plaja.
This afternoon the legal services of the Government will deliver to the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, a report on the legality of the measure, which the Catalan Executive did not plan to adopt since, in their opinion, it was only possible with a state of alarm in force . But the endorsement of the Valencian Justice to the night curfew in some thirty municipalities has changed the perspectives.
This Monday, when the Government announced the prohibition of meetings of more than 10 people – pending judicial ratification – and the order for bars, restaurants and other activities to close at 00:30 hours, Plaja itself assured that the report legal could take “days” and that the curfew was not “on the table.”
Less than 24 hours later, the spokesperson has advanced that the report will be ready on Tuesday afternoon and has admitted that the night curfew is among the options that the Executive is considering to contain the pandemic. The accumulated incidence in Catalonia is double that of the Valencian Community. According to Health data, in the last 14 days Catalonia has registered 738 cases per 100,000 inhabitants compared to 359 in the Valencian Community.
While the Government debates the curfew, the two measures announced this Monday could not come into force until the end of the week because the Government has presented this noon the request to the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) to prohibit meetings of more than 10 people. Before the decision of the magistrates, a transfer must be made for the Prosecutor’s Office to express its opinion.