Castilla la Mancha will tighten restrictions for municipalities in the region that are at level 3 incidence of the coronavirus and that will mean, among other issues, the closure of the interior of bars and restaurants -including places such as casinos, bingo halls or betting houses with hospitality service-, and that the maximum capacity of the terraces is reduced to 50%.
The measure complies with the norms established by the state of national alarm, the regional decree and also the recommendations of the Superior Court of Justice of Castilla-La Mancha.
This was explained today by the general director of Public Health, Juan Camacho, who has commented that “it is not on the table” to apply perimeter confinement to the municipalities of the region with the highest incidence of the virus.
He has acknowledged that Toledo, Cuenca and Talavera de la Reina are particularly “concerned”, all of them with level 3 of special measures. In fact, they will be the first in the region to see these new restrictions applied in a regional government resolution that will see the light “between today and tomorrow.” Then, case by case, the rest of the municipalities of Castilla-La Mancha with level 3 measures will be studied.
At level 3, the closure of municipal schools disappears
Camacho thus announced the modification of the document of measures that applies restrictions of level 1, 2 or 3 depending on the epidemiological situation of each Castilian-Manchego municipality.
This is the fourth version of the document of measures that, according to the head of regional Public Health, addresses “the epidemiological moment, the current knowledge about the virus and the reality of the region and the municipalities.”
“It is a living document,” he insisted, and that is why, in addition to the new measures for the hotel industry, it has been decided to equate the measures that apply to non-regulated education.
“At level 3, the closure of municipal schools disappears and the measures will be assimilated to the rest of non-regulated education”, has detailed the general director, who has been asked whether the decision has to do with the request of the Toledo City Council in this sense. “We consider that there could be a comparative offense between municipal schools and the rest of unregulated education, that is why the closure disappears and all will be regulated in an identical way: at level 3, the capacity is reduced to 50% but the activity is allowed.”
Camacho also recalled that, from now on, the number of days in which the special measures remain in force is reduced. It has gone from 14 to 10 days “for technical reasons” to equalize the restrictions in the municipalities to the current periods of isolation and confinement due to the disease.
On November 17, it will be studied whether or not to continue with the regional perimeter closure and the curfew
The general director has confirmed, on the other hand, that as of this November 9, the measures included are extended in the regional decree that established the perimeter closure of Castilla-La Mancha, a curfew between midnight and six in the morning, as well as the prohibition of meetings of more than six people, unless all of them are cohabiting.
It will be like this at least until next Tuesday, November 17. On that day, the Government Council of Castilla-La Mancha will study whether or not to maintain these restrictions, which could be relaxed or hardened depending on the evolution of the virus.
Camacho has clarified that the ‘umbrella’ of the state of national alarm legally allows Castilla-La Mancha to keep the measures in force and, if necessary, “they will be while the state of alarm is in force.” That is, until the month of May.
Castilla-La Mancha asks for 130 more military trackers
On the other hand, the director general has announced that the Government of Castilla-La Mancha has requested the Ministry of Defense to have another 130 military personnel to carry out epidemiological tracking tasks. “Today the formal request will be made.”
To date, and according to data provided by the Ministry, 141 military trackers operate in the region. A job, Camacho said “irreproachable and irreplaceable.”
The new recruits will participate in a specific training program “that will enable them to be part of the epidemiological surveillance teams coordinated by the provincial delegations,” he explained.