Benidorm Prepares to Open on March 1st 2021

These are the main measures adopted today for the next 14 days and which come into effect from midnight on March 1st 2021:

The Generalitat Valenciana opens the terraces of the bars until six o’clock and extends the business hours from Monday 1st March 2021

Ximo Puig announces that the perimeter closures in the 16 most populated cities will be lifted during the weekend and meetings of four people will be allowed in public spaces

The Valencian Government has started the de-escalation of the third wave with a set of measures that soften the restrictions imposed on January 21 due to the evolution of the pandemic. The Valencian Community was at breaking point earlier on in the year as the incidence reached 1,400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and hospitals were on the brink of collapse. For this reason, a situation of semi-confinement measures were set in place.

However, now is a much more positive story. With an incidence of 176 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, below the Spanish average (218), the commission, chaired by the president of the Generalitat, the socialist Ximo Puig, and with the assistance of the two vice-presidents, Mónica Oltra, de Compromís, and Rubén Martínez Dalmau, from Unides Podem, among others, have decided to ease the restrictions and review them week by week depending on the the figures. The purpose is to go little by little to avoid reproducing what happened after the Christmas holidays. “We are better off, but we are not well,” said Puig.

These are the main measures adopted today for the next 14 days and which come into effect from midnight on March 1st 2021:

Hospitality reopens in the community on Monday morning:

Opening of the terraces of the bars until 6pm, while the interiors are kept closed, with a maximum of four people per table, always with a mask when not consuming. Until now, they could only sell takeout food and drinks. The terraces have their capacity capped at 75%.

Limits of 4 people in public spaces

A Four people limit from different cohabiting families in the public space. Until now it was two people. In private, like homes, the restriction of the family nucleus is maintained.

The perimeter closures stops

Monday marks the end of the perimeter closures of the 16 Valencian municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants (comprising about 2.5 million people) that affected Valencia, Alicante, Castellón, Elche, Gandia, Alcoi, Benidorm, Orihuela, Paterna, Elda, Petrer, Sagunto, Torrent, Torrevieja, Sant Vicent del Raspeig and Vila-real. This weekend is the final one.

Extension of business hours

Extension of the opening hours of shops until eight at night. Until now, the hours ended at six, with the exception of food stores, pharmacies and others which were considered essential (such as opticians or establishments of orthopedic products, hairdressers and places where food for pets is sold). They are capped at 50% capacity.

Sports

It’s now allowed to exercise in open sports facilities, without physical contact, also in those run by professionals in groups of maximum four people with a coach.

Playgrounds, parks and gardens re-open

Public parks and gardens are reopened and the capacity in religious spaces is increased to 50%.

Restrictions that are maintained

The curfew is maintained, from 10 at night until six in the morning.

The restriction of meetings inside the houses to the cohabiting nucleus. 

The regional perimeter closure that prevents entering or leaving the Valencian Community is also extended.

The measures that remain in force will last 14 days, although next week the interdepartmental commission will meet again to evaluate the situation, on which the president has promised that the limitations last only the necessary time, “not a day longer than necessary.”

In this regard, Puig has highlighted that the favorable epidemiological evolution in the Valencian Community, with an incidence that dropped by 88% since the adoption of the limitations.

It’s important that everybody works together and sticks to these restrictions in order to continue moving forward.

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: https://www.gva.es/va/inicio/area_de_prensa/not_detalle_area_prensa?id=911114

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