The president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, announced today, an extension of a further 21 days of the preventive measures against the coronavirus adopted on August 17 to intensify the control of the pandemic . These restrictions mainly affect the limitation of hours and capacity, as well as aspects related to family and social gatherings, and access to residences for the elderly and people with functional diversity.

This is expected to be published in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat Valenciana on Monday and will come into effect next Tuesday 8th September.

After holding a meeting by videoconference with the Minister of Universal Health and Public Health, Ana Barceló. “We must accelerate the control of the pandemic; therefore, we must be constant in the restrictive and preventive measures put in place to insist on this line,” .

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.