Thursday, August 5

The Prosecutor’s Office asks the judges to endorse the curfew for six million Catalans

Approval of the Prosecutor’s Office at the curfew between 1:00 and 6:00 in Catalonia. The Public Ministry has asked the judges to authorize the night confinement for a week requested by the Government for more than six million Catalans. Now the decision is in the hands of the Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), which is expected to be pronounced this Friday.

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The Prosecutor’s Office understands in its report that the night curfew is an “ideal and necessary” measure to try to contain the increase in infections for a week in the 161 municipalities with the highest incidence of the virus and where more than 80% of the population lives Catalan. “The high expansion capacity of the disease and the existence of an imminent and extraordinary risk to public health is public and notorious,” the Prosecutor’s Office reasons to endorse the limitation of nocturnal mobility.

The Public Ministry also sees the limitation of mobility as “proportionate” since it is only claimed for five hours, for the municipalities with the highest incidence – an incidence of 400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days – and for a period of seven days. If the Government wants to extend the night curfew, next week it will have to request judicial authorization again.

“Experience at the national and international level has shown that preventive measures to reduce mobility and contact between people have been effective in containing the transmission of the disease,” concludes the Prosecutor’s Office, which sees the public confinement supported by the reports. Government technicians and health workers.

The curfew, which at the beginning of the week was not among the Government’s plans, has been imposed as an attempt to stop the runaway increase in infections in Catalonia. The Government has had to relax the technical requirements: if the criterion had been the international high risk criterion – 125 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days – the Executive would have had to request a curfew for the entire community, something unfeasible without a state alarm. Finally, the bar has been set at 400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days.

The limitation of night mobility will be added to the other restrictions to which the Justice already gave its endorsement two days ago: meetings of more than 10 people, either in homes or outdoors, are prohibited, as well as drinking and eating in public spaces. And all activities, be they bars, restaurants, concerts or cinemas, must end at 00:30 hours.

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