Elche Mayor calls for ‘maximum caution’ in ‘new stage of the fight’ against Covid

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Elche Mayor calls for ‘maximum caution’ in ‘new stage of the fight’ against Covid and encourages people to get vaccinated.

CARLOS González has urged all residents of Elche to exercise “prudence, caution and respect for the sanitary regulations” that came into force on Monday, April 12, and will remain until next April 25.

The mayor stressed that “in this new stage in the fight against coronavirus”, individual responsibility continues to be vital and warns that an improvement in data “should not lead us to be complacent because the virus is still present and threatening”.


González also encouraged all those who are summoned by the Health Department to be vaccinated.

“Immunisation is the best guarantee to put a stop to infections and avoid a fourth wave, the consequences of which would be disastrous both in social and economic fields,” he said.

This week the vaccination of about 12,000 people is scheduled at El Toscar sports centre and health centres in Elche.

The new sanitary regulations decreed by the Generalitat Valenciana extend the limit of meetings in public spaces such as terraces from four to six people, visits to residences for the elderly are “more flexible”, and meetings of people belonging to two households are authorised.

The perimeter closure is maintained throughout the Valencian Community, as is the 10pm curfew, while shops can remain open until 8pm.

However, “we cannot relax”, said the mayor.

“We are entering a new phase in which a certain opening has been generated in the restrictive measures that implies greater social and economic activity,” said González.

“But in no case can we relax because although the incidence rate is low in Elche and in the Valencian Community, it is no less true that there are autonomous communities that are in the prelude to the fourth wave,” he added.

Elche recently made headlines when it approved a motion to launch a pilot project that aims to reduce the working week to 32 hours, or four days, as proposed by the Central Government.

The plan will incentivise employers to pilot the initiative, and it was supported by the PSOE while Ciudadanos abstained from voting and Vox rejected it.

Tara Rippin
Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
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