The Xunta de Galicia has decided to close the seven main Galician cities and prohibit meetings for people who do not live under the same roof in all of them. The decision has been adopted due to the concern caused by the advance of the coronavirus and the anticipation of large movements to cemeteries during the celebration of All Souls’ Day. The measure announced by the Galician Government will last until Tuesday, the end of a bridge that is not celebrated in Galicia, as it is not a holiday next Monday. The inhabitants of Santiago, Ferrol, A Coruña, Pontevedra, Lugo, Vigo, in addition to Ourense, will not be able to leave their municipal boundaries or meet with people with whom they do not share an address. A self-confinement that will directly affect 1.2 million Galicians, representing 45% of the population of the autonomous community.
Feijóo rules out confining Galicia while all the surrounding territories impose closures
The new limitations do not imply the closure of the Autonomous Community that remains, together with Extremadura, as the only peninsular autonomy that maintains its open borders. All the territories that border Galicia have opted for closure, so Galicians who do not live in one of the closed towns may leave the autonomous community but only if their destination is an Extremaduran city. The Government chaired by Alberto Núñez Feijóo will activate the entry into force of the new restrictions from 3:00 p.m. this Friday.
In addition to the seven main Galician cities, the Government of the Xunta will keep the following towns closed: Boborás, Barbadás, O Carballiño, Verín, O Irixo, Vilardevós and Oímbra in the province of Ourense; Ames, Teo, Narón, Fene, Neda, Vimianzo and Arteixo in A Coruña; Poio and Marín in the province of Pontevedra.
The incidence of the coronavirus in Galicia is characterized by a constant growth of cases and the increase in concern about the pressure of care that according to the head of the Galician Health Service (SERGAS), José Flores is already “important” in health areas such as the one in Ourense where, for a week, all surgical activity that is not considered urgent has been canceled.