The Community of Madrid has announced that it will ask Health for more technical criteria to expand the restrictions that the Ministry of Health will present to the Interterritorial Council this Wednesday. The Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso now says that it does not agree with the three criteria that the Ministry established this Tuesday – large municipalities with a cumulative incidence of 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a 10% rate of positivity by PCR and an occupation of the 35% in the ICUs – which would force the regional government to close the perimeter of ten cities in the region, including Madrid capital.
Despite the fact that this Tuesday the Ayuso Executive spoke of a “pre-agreement” between both administrations at the bilateral meeting of the Covid-19 group, now they do not accept the measures after knowing what they will be for all those municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants that meet that series of characteristics. “The Community of Madrid asks for objective and clear criteria for all the autonomous communities, but they do not stick only to the three indicators known in the last hours. These parameters must be expanded within the dialogue with all the health ministries of Spain,” says the Regional government in a statement.
The Ayuso Executive rejects that the perimeter closure measure be carried out in Madrid capital jointly and asks that it not be applied throughout the entire city but by districts. “It must be taken into account that the city of Madrid is a set of 21 districts, of which 18 exceed 100,000 inhabitants, and therefore, the indices cannot be applied, as a whole, to the entire city”, defends the regional administration.
The draft of the document that the Ministry of Health is going to present to the Autonomous Communities obliges cities that meet the proposed criteria to: restrict the entry and exit of people from the municipalities except for reasons of force majeure – labor, education, health, care, among others–; reduce groups of people to a maximum of 6 both on public roads and in private spaces – more are allowed only if they are living together; and to suspend the activities of the playgrounds – that is, close the swings and slides areas. It does not imply that movements within the municipality are not allowed. The document does specify, to which elDiario.es has had access, various capacity restrictions in wakes (limited to fifteen people outdoors and ten indoors), places of worship (30%) and establishments of all kinds (50% , 60% on outdoor terraces). Communities must also “strengthen their capacities for early detection and control of the disease.”