The Community of Madrid continues to remove restrictions in the region after the improvement of epidemiological data: the accumulated incidence at 14 days has already dropped to 220 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The Ministry of Health will lift, starting next Monday, December 7, the restrictions in 14 basic health areas in which there have been decreases in the number of infections above 50% and the trend of incidence by coronavirus has registered a sustained decline, explained the director of Public Health, Elena Andradas. Therefore, the restrictions are maintained in four sanitary areas until at least December 14.
The limitation of movement between 00:00 and 06:00, except for justified cause, and the closure of all hospitality activities in the same time slot continues in force. Likewise, social or family gatherings are limited to six people in any time slot, except cohabitants.
The basic areas that as of Monday remain without mobility limitations are the Daroca, in Ciudad Lineal and Vicálvaro-Artilleros in the district of Vicálvaro, in the municipality of Madrid; Cuzco, Alicante Y New Castile in the municipality of Fuenlabrada; Sierra de Guadarrama, Collado Villalba Pueblo Y Collado Villalba Station, in the municipality of Collado Villalba; in addition to Alpedrete Y Galapagar.
Another six localities, which correspond to four other basic health areas, are also excluded from mobility limitations as of Monday. These are: Moralzarzal; The Boalo-Cerceda-Mataelpino in the basic health area of Manzanares el Real; the municipalities of Colmenar de Oreja, Chinchón and Villaconejos in the basic area of Ear apiary; and the municipalities of San Martin de Valdeiglesias and Pelayos de la Presa, in the basic area of San Martin de Valdeiglesias.
Restrictions are maintained in four zones
The restrictions are maintained for seven more days in the basic health areas of Guzman the Good Y the Elipa, in Madrid, the basic area of The morale in Alcobendas and in the basic area of Barcelona, in Móstoles. In these four areas entry and exit is restricted, although the movement of residents within these territorial areas will be allowed “always respecting individual and collective protection measures.” Citizens will also be able to leave the perimeter for trips that have a justification such as health care, compliance with work obligations, attendance at teaching and educational centers, return to habitual residence, caring for elderly and dependent disabled or vulnerable people.
Regarding places of worship, the capacity may not exceed one third. In the wakes, a maximum of 15 people may be in outdoor spaces and 10 people in the case of being closed places. In these areas, the capacity and hours of activity are maintained as in the rest of the region: hotel industry closes at 00 hours and the prohibition of people from meeting in the public and private areas from midnight to six in the morning. One of the most controversial measures is the temporary suspension of the activity of the playgrounds for public use.
Measures to avoid crowds
The Community of Madrid will impose measures to avoid agglomerations until January 8, as advanced by the Deputy Minister of Public Health and Covid-19 Plan, Antonio Zapatero, at the press conference to report on the epidemiological and welfare situation due to Covid-19 . The vice councilor has announced that events to celebrate the end of the year bells will not be able to be organized in squares or public roads and the parades will be in “limited” areas.
The regional government has agreed to suspend any act to celebrate the New Year’s Eve chimes in squares or public roads in the region and only kings parades can be organized in limited areas.
Likewise, the celebration of any concert or other act on the public highway will have to be organized in a limited space, with the spectators seated and with a capacity of 50% respecting the safety distance between people. The Ministry of Health requests the collaboration of the municipal police to avoid crowds around the place where these types of activities are organized.
The delivery of letters by the children to the Magi and Santa Claus, pages and companions will have to be organized with distance and security measures in a limited space and with a capacity of 50%. Health has also determined that any representation of the arrival of the Magi on January 5 will have to take place in a limited space, with the public seated and with a capacity of 50% respecting the safety distance.
Also the representation of living nativity scenes will take place in a limited place, with the spectators seated and a capacity of 50% respecting the safety distance. Visits to places where Nativity scenes are traditionally exhibited will have to respect the same capacity of 50% of the space where they are enabled and respecting as much as possible the safety distance in the queues between families or groups of six people.