THE Valencian Community is fully prepared for the end of the State of Alarm on May 9.
The regional government headed by Ximo Puig has spent months preparing for the scenario once the six-month period finishes, Generalitat sources assured national daily El Mundo.
This is a sore point in some regions which are complaining about the lack of legally-defined anti-Covid guidelines after May 9.
“We are going to arrive with a satisfactory Covid incidence, Spain’s lowest,” the same sources added. “We have been prudent and there is an adequate legal framework.”
Meanwhile, Puig and the region’s Health chief, Ana Barcelo, announced a slight relaxation of the present measures, allowing two family units to meet indoors, with groups of six in bars and restaurants and for outdoor activities.
Now that all residents in care homes have received the anti-Covid vaccine, families will also be allowed to visit elderly relatives once more.
Barcelo stressed that eliminating restrictions after May 9 was not the same as returning to normality.
“Lifting restrictions is one thing but de-escalation is another and should be very cautious,” she said, not deviating from the ultra-careful policies that have enabled the Valencian Community to emerge from the third wave with the best incidence rate in Spain.
The region is one of Spain’s five autonomies classed as “low risk” and already meets two of the central government’s requirements for “new normality” category thanks to its low seven-day and 14-day incidence rate and the number of hospital beds occupied by Covid patients.
On revealing the minimal lifting of restrictions, Ximo Puig, added that “from the perspective of maximum prudence” and in order to consolidate the health situation’s stability, the regional government had agreed to extend all remaining restrictions until April 25.
These include the unpopular order to close bars and restaurants at 6pm and maintaining the 10pm-6am curfew.
“If the present figures remain steady, we shall be able to go further in relaxing the measures,” the regional president said.
“No restriction will remain in place one day longer than is strictly necessary” Puig pledged.
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