Health rules out requiring the Covid certificate to enter bars or discos

Updated Wednesday, July 28, 2021 –
20:26

Some communities ask for it to access premises and France and Italy are also going to implement it, despite the fact that it was thought as a tool to facilitate mobility.

Madrid bar converted to restaurant

Health rules out for now requiring the Covid passport to enter restaurants or discos, as France and Italy are going to do. Some communities such as the Canary Islands and Galicia are also beginning to request it to access closed areas or restaurants in those municipalities with a high incidence of infections.

The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, had valued this possibility this morning, pointing out that it be studied with the communities “to be able to give this document other uses different from the one it now has “. “Legal guarantees must be given so that it can be used at the entrance to some establishments and that it has uses other than those that have been validated,” the minister said at a telematic press conference.

Hours later Carolina Darias, Minister of Health, has ruled out this option by noting that the uses (of the certificate) that are regulated are those contemplated by the EU, that is, to facilitate travel and mobility within member states. This is the legal protection it has, he said, thus ruling out giving it another use in a generalized way.

Between the communities there is division. In addition to Galicia and the Canary Islands, who request it, the Andalusian president, Juanma Moreno, has also been in favor of demanding the certificate and Melilla has said that he will ask for it to enter the city by air. Others, such as Navarra or the Valencian Community, discard it for the time being, considering that it is a discriminatory measure.

Certificates issued

Actually the Covid certificate it was approved within the EU to facilitate travel between member states. This passport certifies that the person is vaccinated, has passed the disease or has a negative PCR test performed in the last hours. That is, it does not present a risk. It was always stressed that it was not mandatory to be able to travel.

Therefore, giving it other uses (and making it mandatory to access certain activities) raises doubts about its legality.

The nightlife sector itself already asked in June, when the stores opened, to be able to use this system to facilitate safe activity. France and Italy are also processing the use of the certificate to access leisure establishments.

From the hotel management, Cehat, they are not in favor of this measure because “it has been shown that they are not to blame for the infections, as long as the security measures are taken,” explains Ramn Estalella, secretary general.

Summer forecasts

In Spain, 11 million certificates had already been issued until last Monday. Taking into account that there are 26 million people with a complete vaccination schedule, it is assumed that one in four would have this certificate.

Minister Maroto said this morning that the government maintains the forecasts to recover half of the tourists that Spain received in 2019, with an increase in tourism spending, and they believe that national tourism will recover 70% compared to that year.

“We see a gradual revival, with certain volatility depending on the restrictions that some source markets are imposing, “said Maroto, who recalled that the rate of vaccination (26 million with a double pattern and 65% with one pattern) means that” these weeks with some confidence and that is what we are transferring to the source markets. “

Next week the tourist arrivals data for the month of June will be published, although it will not be possible to see if there is a recovery compared to last year, because at this time there were still perimeter closures in Spain and the borders were opened at the end of the month.

“We should not alarm, but we do insist that vaccination is the best recipe to recover tourism activity,” said Maroto, who has advanced that 73% of the air capacity has been recovered with respect to 2019. “The destination Spain is being one of those chosen by international tourists who have decided to travel,” he said.

Regarding these forecasts for summer, from Cehat they explain that in the areas with more national tourist demand they are registering more activity, but not in the destinations frequented by foreigners, which “are suffering more,” says Estallela.

The British, who are our main source market, “are beginning to come now” that the United Kingdom has just taken away the obligation to quarantine upon their return, but we are already at the end of July and it means to have lost part of the central months of summer.

They further denounce that as soon as there is a community that announces restrictions “this has an impact on demand” because “you no longer know if you can go to one place or another, or if you are going to be able to eat with your family on a terrace or there are limits, and all of this is a deterrent when traveling,” says Estalella.


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