New measures now agreed will last for 21 days.

The Minister for Health, Ana Barceló, appeared at a press conference today to explain how the measures agreed upon by all the autonomous communities will be implemented in the Valencian Community .

These are limitations that come into effect in the Valencian Community as of this Tuesday and will be valid for 21 days.

The measures refer to nightlife, hotels and restaurants, mass events, residences, tobacco and screening. 

With regard to nightlife, in the Valencian Community the activity of discos, dance halls, karaoke and cocktail bars with and without live musical performances is suspended.

Likewise, in the hotel and catering establishments, terraces and beach bars or restaurants, 1.5 meters must be secured between the tables or groups of tables. This distance must be measured between the people closest to the different tables or groups, which must have a maximum occupancy of 10 people.

Hotel and restaurant establishments and services must close no later than 01.00 a.m. In addition, the establishment’s products or beverages cannot be consumed outside the limited area of ​​the terrace, and the collective or group consumption of beverages on the street or in public spaces is not allowed.

The transfer to the Valencian Community of the measures agreed for the whole of Spain also includes the recommendation to limit family or social gatherings, in private spaces, to a maximum of 10 people.

Events with more than 400 people

Regarding events and activities whose expected capacity exceeds 400 people, their organisation is subject to prior authorisation by the General Directorate of Public Health and Addictions.

Furthermore, smoking is prohibited on public roads or in outdoor spaces when a minimum interpersonal distance of at least 2 metres cannot be respected. This limitation applies to any inhalation device for tobacco, water pipes, hookahs or similar, including electronic cigarettes or vaping.

Senior residences

Without prejudice to the corresponding development established by the Vice Presidency and Ministry of Equality and Inclusive Policies, in residences and social health centres, also in residential addiction treatment centers dependent on the Ministry of Universal Health, PCR tests will be carried out on all new entries and re-entries up to 72 hours in advance.

In addition, visits will be limited to one person per resident, taking extreme measures of prevention, and with a maximum duration of one hour a day, with the exception of those people who are in the process of the end of life.

The employer’s occupational risk prevention services will also carry out these tests to employed personnel returning from leave and vacations, and to those who are newly hired.

The resolution issued by the Conselleria de Sanidad Universal y Salud Pública for the city of Valencia remains in force with regard to the suspension of visits and outings in residences for the elderly based in the capital.

“These measures are aimed at controlling transmission in the areas that are currently the origin of the most risky epidemic outbreaks, and with the aim of controlling community transmission,” explained Barceló.