• Restrictions on socialising
• Towns with more than 50,000 inhabitants to have borders closed at weekends.
President of the Valencian Government Ximo Puig announced on Sunday after a meeting with regional Health Minister Ana Barceló, that further restrictive measures are to be imposed immediately. People from different households are not allowed to socialise in private and the maximum number of people (from different households) allowed to meet in public is two. The regulation came into force on Monday 25th January.
In a statement made on Sunday, the Generalitat Valenciana also reported the extension of the regional border confinement, which means it is not permitted to enter or leave the Valencian Community unless for work, medical care or other reasons from a shortlist of exceptions.
Also announced was a border confinement of towns with more than 50,000 inhabitants during weekends and bank holidays. This means that in the Alicante province, Alicante, Elche, Torrevieja, Orihuela, Benidorm, Alcoy, San Vicente and Elda-Petrer will be closed from 3pm on Fridays until 6am on Mondays. Those with justifiable reason to pass a border from the list above (such as, for work) will be allowed to do so.
All the measures announced will be in effect until February 15.
Puig called for “collective responsibility” after “the worst week that the Community has experienced since the start of the pandemic.”
He explained that the objective now is to have “the least possible social interaction” saying “Today we are taking a step further, a decisive step in the restrictions that also extend to the private sphere, and we do so to reduce maximum social contact, both in public space and also within homes, because there is the focus of infections. He went on to explain that 69% of outbreaks detected between January 13th and 20th were of social origin and within those social outbreaks, 98.7%, “practically all”, came from meetings with family members and friends. “It is in family relationships where we most relax and recklessly, we stop the mandatory use of the mask,” said Puig.