Prevention measures against the coronavirus will be extended 21 more days.

The Minister of Universal Health and Public Health, Ana Barceló, today reported on the current situation of the coronavirus in the Valencian Community and announced the measures that are being adopted in the Community to contain the virus. “the prevention measures against the coronavirus adopted last August for the entire Valencian Community will be extended for 21 more days, 

This extension begins next Monday, Sseptember 28th and continues to affect different social areas such as nightlife, hospitality, the celebration of different events and the consumption of tobacco outdoors.

Extension of preventive measures

The measures that are extended refer to nightlife, hotels and restaurants, mass events, residences, smoking and vaping.

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

Likewise, in the hotel and restaurant establishments, terraces and beach bars or restaurants , the obligation to secure 1.5 metres between the tables or groups of tables will be maintained. This distance must be measured between the people closest to the different tables or groups, which must have a maximum occupancy of 10 people per table.

The hotel and restaurant establishments and services must continue to close no later than 01.00 hours. 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 forbidden.

The new resolution includes, in addition, that establishments considered as gambling casinos, bingo halls, game rooms, arcades and specific betting premises must also close no later than 01.00 hours, without access of new customers can be allowed from 00:00 hours. These measures apply every day of the week, including holidays.

The recommendation to limit family or social gatherings, in private spaces, to a maximum of 10 people is maintained.

Regarding events and activities whose expected influx exceeds 400 people, their organization continues to be subject to prior authorisation by the General Directorate of Public Health and Addictions.

The prohibition of smoking on public roads or in outdoor spaces is maintained 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.

In residences and social health centres, as well as residential addiction treatment centres dependent on the Ministry of Universal Health, PCR tests will be carried out on all new admissions and readmissions at most 72 hours in advance.

In addition, in care homes , visits are 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 end-of-life process.