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The increase in coronavirus infections leaves nine communities without a ‘party’ for New Year’s Eve




The celebration of New Years Eve it gets complicated. With the contagions of Covid triggered, some autonomies have opted for retrieve constraints that will prevent half Spain from partying to receive 2022. While the Canary Islands are waiting for the Justice to endorse the curfew, other regions such as Catalonia, Aragon, Asturias, Galicia, the Basque Country, La Rioja, Murcia and Navarra have recovered the closure of the hotel and nightlife.

In CataloniaIn the most restrictive community, the curfew between 1 and 6 hours is effective for large populations whose cumulative incidence exceeds 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. For practical purposes, Catalans who are in Barcelona, ​​Badalona, ​​Gerona, Lleida, Tarragona, Sabadell or Reus, among other 120 affected municipalities, will barely have an hour to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the street.

For the rest it will not be possible to go to discos or pubs, since they will be closed. But the localities near these municipalities fear that the ‘confined’ will end up in their streets of bottle. Meetings of more than 10 people are also not allowed and, if dinner is to be done in a restaurant, it is better to reserve: the capacity is 50%. The cavalcades, yes, they continue for the moment.

At north peninsula, the area hardest hit by the explosion of infections, several communities have agreed to restrictions against the challenge of the New Year’s Eve celebrations. This common front includes the closure of the hotel business and nightlife at 1 -in Basque Country, Navarra, Asturias and La Rioja-, or at 2 hours for New Year’s Eve in the case of Aragon, as well as a maximum of ten people per table. A model, that of the closing at 1 o’clock and the limitation of diners to which it has also joined Murcia, while Cantabria It has distanced itself from its neighboring autonomies and only prohibits nightlife in the municipalities with the highest incidence.

Galicia has looked for a slightly different model. In addition to the fact that dinner in a restaurant cannot be for more than eight people, the hotel business is scheduled to close between 1 am and 10 am. And the one of the nocturnal leisure is studied at 3 hours. In addition, if the Galician Superior Court of Justice authorizes it, meetings of non-cohabitating people will be prohibited from 1 to 6 hours. Too Canary Islands awaits judicial endorsement, where appropriate, to implement a curfew on islands with level 2 and 3 risk, such as Tenerife or Gran Canaria.

Less restrictive

On the opposite side are communities like Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha or Extremadura, which for now have not implemented measures such as reducing capacity or hours for the last night of the year. Castile and Leon still studies measurements, while in the Valencian CommunityAlthough with limitations of ten people per table, the restrictions are not extended beyond the use of the Covid passport. However, the main city councils of the three provinces have chosen to suspend the New Year’s Eve festivities in order to avoid crowds.

In Andalusia, New Year’s Eve will not have specific capacity or schedule limitations, although the use of the Covid passport is maintained. The decision on the bells and the parades has been left in the hands of the city councils, as the one in Granada has already done for New Year’s Eve.

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