Wednesday, August 10

Justice endorses the COVID passport to enter bars and restaurants in Catalonia

The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has authorized to extend the use of the COVID passport to bars, restaurants, gyms and residences in Catalonia, as requested by the Generalitat, understanding that it is a “minimum restriction of rights” with the aim of protecting individual and collective health and life.

With the approval of the judges, the extension of the use of the COVID passport will take effect this Friday for a period of fifteen days. It will be necessary for all those over 12 years of age who want to enter restaurants and bars, gyms and residences, but not for people who work in all these establishments. Nor will it be necessary to show it to sit on the terraces.

The endorsement of the measure was in the hands of the magistrates of the Administrative Litigation Chamber of the TSJC, who last October already authorized the COVID passport in the nightclubs and social events with dance that are held inside hotels in the city. community.

The judges conclude that showing a digital document that proves that its carrier has completed the vaccination regimen, has had the disease in the last six months or has tested negative in a PCR test in the previous 72 hours (or 48 hours if it is a antigen test) is an “ideal”, “proportional” and “necessary” measure given the unfavorable evolution of the virus in the community.

Until now the Justice has ruled unevenly about the extension of the COVID certificate to the hotel industry. The Supreme Court of the Basque Country rejected it because the proposal of the Executive of IƱigo Urkullu affected the entire community, while the Supreme Court authorized it for Galicia because the request was not unitary for the entire territory but was limited to the areas with the most incidence .

The Generalitat has requested judicial permission to extend the use of the COVID passport after the increase in infections and hospitalizations in recent weeks. In mid-October, COVID-19 patients in ICUs were able to drop below 100 for the first time since August 2020, but since then seriously ill patients have grown to 128 this Thursday. In total, there are 569 people admitted to the community hospitals, when on October 11 there were 344.

With the COVID passport, the Government intends not to have to limit hours and capacity of the hotel industry again despite the increase in the incidence of the virus, a statistic in which Catalonia once again occupies the front wagons. This Wednesday the community registered 202 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, only surpassed by Aragon, the Basque Country and Navarra.