The restrictions placed on the Comunidad Valenciana and Benidorm December 2020

The president of the community has announced today that maximum deployment of the Security Forces will be on call to ensure maximum compliance with the measures against COVID-19.

Remember that non-compliance with the rules entails fines of up to 60,000 euros, and cumulative fines of up to 600,000 euros, “being able to incur criminal responsibilities”

As Boris Johnson has announced further restrictions in England, and Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales already being in stricter conditions. Ximo Puig, the present of the Generalitat announced today the further restrictions for the community. He has highlighted the important of responsibility and solidarity with others, and stressed that it is time for the “maximum compliance with the restrictions”, because “lives are at stake”, and it’s paramount for the “health of citizens” and the “economic and social recovery for next year”.

Here’s what’s been announced for the community.

Police Presence

Ximo Puig has assured that “maximum presence of the police forces for the control and inspection of “New Year’s Eve” is going to be promoted during the festive period.

New Year’s Eve parties are prohibited.

The head of the Consell has recalled that there can only be activity in bars, restaurants and hotel establishments in strict compliance with current measures. This means strict compliance with mask wearing, only consuming at the table, reduced capacity of 1/3 indoors and 50% on the terrace. 1.5metre distance between tables on the terrace and 2 metre distance between tables indoors.

Non-compliance with the rules entails fines of up to 60,000 euros and cumulative fines of up to 600,000 euros.

Extension of current restrictions

The land perimeter closure of the Valencian Community, except for certain exceptions contemplated in the regulations, such as returning home, or for work reasons or for caring for a dependent person has been extended until January 15th 2021. Entry and exiting the Community is not allowed.

The curfew remains between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout the territory of the Valencian Community. Except December 31, which will begin at midnight. Puig has indicated that “in no case will this time extension be used to travel to different social gatherings” and you must be home by midnight, not travelling home by midnight.

The maximum number of 6 people must not exceeded, except in the case of those who live together. The recommendation is not to exceed the two family nuclei.

Catering and hospitality

Cafés and restaurants do not have to close.

Discos, pubs and cocktail bars will need to suspend activity until January 15th 2021. DJs, live music and karaoke are also not allowed.

In catering and hospitality establishments, consumption is only allowed at the table, and the distance between the tables will be 2 meters (1.5 meters on terraces). As for the capacity inside the premises, it is limited to 30% and on the terraces, 50%. The use of a mask is mandatory when food or drink isn’t being consumed.

The closing time of establishments will be at midnight, but no orders can be made after 11pm. Smoking is not allowed on bar terraces, when a 2metre social distance isn’t guaranteed.

Retail stores and professional services activities will maintain 50% of the total capacity, and in the case of establishments that involve close physical contact, a prior appointment system is required.

In shopping centres, the use of common and recreational areas of commercial parks is not allowed, except for transit.

Gardens and outdoor recreation areas can only open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Hotels, tourist lodges, rural houses and other similar accommodations, the opening of common areas can be up to 30% of the capacity.

In the case of cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, performing arts halls and circuses, the maximum capacity is 50%, remaining seated at all times wearing a mask and consumption is not allowed. In the case of being outdoors, the public will be seated and cannot exceed 50% of the authorized capacity.

Smoking is prohibited on public roads, terraces, beaches or other outdoor spaces, when the minimum distance of 2 metres cannot be guaranteed.

If you have any doubts or questions regarding the current regulations please get in touch via email. I try to respond to all emails within 48 hours. To read the original document in Spanish please follow this link:

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