“Last night no incident was recorded in the city. Time restrictions, extreme precautions, continue to be essential to avoid an increase in COVID-19. Thank you for your collaboration and responsibility.” This is the message that the Local Police of Valencia launched on their social networks attaching various photos of the main streets and squares of the city completely deserted. The Valencian capital and 31 other municipalities of the Valencian Community have again restricted their night mobility when a new curfew entered into force at dawn on Tuesday, July 13, 35 days after the one that was in force for 32 weeks in the second state of alarm, between October 2020 and June 2021.
Its validity, which will last for two weeks, has been endorsed by an order of the Superior Court of Justice of the Valencian Community (TSJCV) that concluded that the measures agreed by the Valencian Government, which also include the limitation to a maximum of 10 people Of the social gatherings, they are “balanced” and meet the judgment of “proportionality” given the increase in hospitalizations and the “situation close to collapse that is already taking place in primary care centers.”
This curfew is limited to only 32 towns, 30 of them in the province of Valencia, with the city of Valencia as the main nucleus and other towns with more than 30,000 inhabitants such as Gandia, Paterna, Mislata, Aldaia, Burjassot, Xirivella and Alaquàs . In the province of Castellón, only the tourist population of Benicàssim appears, and of Alicante, the municipality of Sant Vicent del Raspeig.
The measure is motivated by the exponential increase in the cumulative incidence of infections caused mainly by increased mobility and social interactions, especially among the youngest sector of the population that has not yet been vaccinated, in which the population is concentrated. higher percentage of infections and hospital admissions. Also in the increase in pressure in primary care centers, responsible for carrying out the tasks of detecting outbreaks, tracing contacts and also vaccinating a part of the population.
However, the return to night confinement has not quite convinced the younger population, to whom the measure seems to be aimed. Mariam Corell, a 21-year-old student from Valencia, considers that night confinement “is not going to be very effective since there are no classes now and you can socialize the rest of the day unlike what happened in the previous curfew, which You could practically only go from home to college and vice versa. ”
Corell considers that in a way it is pointing to the youngest age group: “In summer, when there are no classes, it is normal for interactions to increase, the problem is that vaccines do not reach us; I would get them tomorrow” .
In addition, he adds that within their circle of friends they try not to get together with other groups and that they keep wearing the mask at all times “except on the beach.”
For his part, Fernando del Molino, self-employed taxi driver and president of the Confederation of Autonomous Taxi Drivers of the Valencian Community, comments that with the curfew “most colleagues work their hours during the day, so there is an excess supply which makes the profitability of the service almost nil, while at night there is a peak in demand between 0.30 and 1.30 hours for people who finish work or who have gone out to dinner and go home “.
The rest of the night, he explains, “the service is reduced to a minimum for emergencies, that is, 50 or 100 taxis in a city that has 3,000.”
Regarding what clients tell them about the curfew, he affirms that “in general people are tired and really want to party and go out because many are already vaccinated.”
The Valencian Community recorded this Wednesday a cumulative incidence of 368 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days (436 on average in Spain). Just three weeks ago, specifically on June 23, it was at low risk with 47 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. As for hospitalizations, this Tuesday there were 367 people admitted, while three weeks ago there were only 96.
The president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, stressed that the public response to the limitation of night mobility in 32 municipalities has been of “extremely high responsibility” and there have barely been eight sanction proposals for non-compliance.
Puig has highlighted that the incidents have been minimal in all the affected municipalities, including Valencia and Gandia, and has said that “you can do leisure”, you can go to natural spaces and you can have social relations but “in safety conditions “, with mask and distance.
He also affirmed that the vaccination against the coronavirus is progressing and 62% of the Valencian population has received at least one dose, and has reiterated that, if the planned calendar is met, the Valencian Community will arrive on October 9, the day of the autonomic party, with global immunity.