Health proposes to open nightlife until 2.00 in places of medium and low risk

The Ministry of Health intends to reach an agreement with the autonomous communities to establish common de-escalation standards during the summer. It is about making the restrictions more flexible, but keeping some in what is supposed to be the final phase of the epidemic in Spain, as long as there are no setbacks or surprises with the variants or the vaccines. These standards include the closure of nightlife at two in the morning even if the risk is low, a measure that can also be applied in medium-risk ones (below 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, among other indicators) as long as the trend be positive. In high and very high risk, the closure is still being proposed.

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In the new draft of Coordinated response actions to control the transmission of covid-19, whose content has been advanced by The voice of Galicia and to which EL PAÍS has had access, establishes that these measures continue to be maintained, even in the territories with the lowest incidence, until 70% of the population is immunized and the population over 50 years of age has received a vaccination schedule. complete.

These are proposals that will still have to be discussed in the Public Health Commission and in the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System. Until now, once the state of alarm has ended, these types of measures, framed in the so-called health traffic light, have always been recommendations, not mandatory standards.

Regarding hotels and restaurants, Health proposes that the allowed capacity will be 50% indoors, which may be increased by 10% if risk control measures are applied that guarantee a high level of ventilation and air quality control. On the outdoor terraces, all the permitted tables can be occupied, always ensuring the distance between chairs at different tables of at least 1.5 meters. Bar service and consumption is allowed, maintaining this same distance. Tables will have a limit of 6 people indoors and 10 outdoors. The ministry wants records to be established to ensure the traceability of all attendees in the event of the possible detection of a case.

For the moment, the draft maintains the mandatory nature of the mask in public spaces, but sources familiar with the meetings held by health technicians and communities explain that new exceptions are being studied. To implement them, the law of March 29 would have to be changed, which establishes face masks as mandatory in any public place, open or closed, with or without a safety distance. The smoking ban also continues if a distance of at least two meters cannot be respected.

The document also addresses mass events. In places with a new normality, it proposes that the maximum capacity be 10,000 people. Low risk (less than 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, among other indicators) 5,000 and 2,500 in the middle. In territories with high or very high risk (more than 150 cases) it proposes that this type of event cannot be carried out.

These are more restrictive measures than those already proposed by autonomous communities such as Madrid, which with medium-risk data, is planning a football match on June 4 with more than 22,000 people. This community has traditionally been in favor of more flexible measures than those proposed in the response actions document and has applied them as such, as they are not mandatory.

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