Full-capacity cinemas, but unaccompanied, one-seat-away gynecology waiting rooms. Groups of fifty friends dining at the same table or in a disco, but tutorials with teachers will continue to be done online.
Madrid “returns to normal preCOVID,” said the Madrid president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, this Wednesday from New York, although that is not entirely true. As of Monday, the new regulation that eliminates capacity restrictions for shops and leisure in the capital. But while social life returns to capacity at 100%, other areas will remain subject to restrictions. The end of the restrictions in restaurants, shops and companies will reach schools or health centers where the pandemic is still very present for patients who must continue to go alone to consultations or are directly attended by telephone. A situation that occurs in other parts of the country.
In the hotel industry, all capacity limits and number of diners per table are eliminated as of Monday. Both inside and outside the establishments, any restriction of this type is abolished for all sectors of economic or social activity provided that general preventive hygiene measures can be maintained. Indoors, the mask continues to be necessary for those over 6 years of age, “following state regulations.”
In turn, the capacity in places of worship, religious celebrations, funeral facilities, commercial establishments, libraries, museums, cinemas, theaters, cultural facilities, recreational and cultural shows and sports facilities are suppressed. Nightlife, for its part, resumed its activity completely with the opening of the bars and the installation of high tables for standing consumption. You can dance, although only outdoors.
The good news also reaches the residences. Visits to social health centers are again from this Monday almost as they were before the pandemic, although they will continue to be limited to two people per user. The Madrid government eliminates the limitations on the number and duration of visits that had been established by Covid-19. “The containment of the pandemic and the positive evolution in these centers with the administration of the third dose” are the reasons. The elderly will once again be able to have physical contact with their families after more than a year and a half prohibited. However, the social distance with other residents and the use of masks will continue.
The announced normality does not reach health centers in Madrid: neither health centers nor hospitals. The end of the restrictions, which coincides with a drastic reduction in the accumulated incidence and a vaccination of the population greater than 80%, contrasts with the limitations that still remain if a citizen of Madrid must attend a center to be treated.
In Primary Care, many consultations continue to be dispatched by telephone and capacity continues to be limited. The new regulations that come into force this Monday do not contemplate any change in the restrictions for health centers in the Community of Madrid. Added to this is the closure of the SUAP Primary Care Emergency Services, which have been closed since the start of the pandemic. And it’s been more than 500 days. In hospitals, pregnant women are still unable to be accompanied on ultrasound by the other parent. Nor are companions allowed in medical visits with specialists.
From the Ministry of Health directed by Enrique Ruiz Escudero they assure that “face-to-face activity in the centers has been normalizing since last June.” Also that more than 60% of the consultations are in person.
The current legislation in this regard, which dates from June 25, stipulates that capacity limitations do not apply, while in a previous Order, dated May 8, the responsibility to implement concrete measures in the direction of each sanitary facility was derived. . Regarding this, Madrid Health sources explain that “each hospital, depending on its structure, characteristics, the clinical profile of its patients and the epidemiological context, establishes its policy of visits and monitoring of patients, both in hospitalization and in hospitalization. outpatient assistance “.
This is a situation that could change throughout the current week. The Deputy Minister of Health Care and Public Health, Antonio Zapatero, explained this Friday in an interview on Telemadrid: “We are working and we will draw up regulations that try to unify this regime of visits and accompaniment”, continuing with the fall of restrictions in other areas. Zapatero defended this possible new modification, although he stressed that hospitals are still areas of maximum danger: “People who come generally have more risk factors to be able to have a complication due to the virus.”
This announcement comes after the continuous requests of Más Madrid for the recovery of normality in the accompaniment of the health and educational services of the community. Last Thursday, the group registered a Proposal No of Law in which it requested the return to the presence of primary care, the accompaniment and the preparation sessions for childbirth, among others.
Another part of the population that will continue to suffer restrictions are children. Madrid students returned to classrooms at the beginning of September but their situation has changed little compared to the previous year. The only novelty is that the ratios of the previous year have been recovered, but the kids must continue to wear a mask in class and keep the windows open.
For the start of the new course, in educational matters, three possible scenarios of presence in schools were proposed depending on the alert levels, something that has not been modified by the end of the restrictions announced by Ayuso.
Currently, Primary and Infant children can play and interact without strictly maintaining a safety distance, always with a mask for people over 6 years old and only within their group. The ESO and Baccalaureate students, even with full attendance at the center, still have to maintain a distance of 1.2 meters between them. During recesses, students are separated by courses, and in the same way they leave and enter the center; and even, tutorials and meetings between parents and teachers are done electronically. For this situation, the return to pre-Covid normality that Ayuso has celebrated so much remains to be seen.