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DRAFT Covid-19 restrictions from 10 December to 6 January

Kimmy11Posted by Kimmy11 on Thu Dec 3, 2020 12:13am in Coronavirus discussion
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Hi all,

The article below from today's edition of "The Local" explains the Spanish government's latest draft Covid-19 restrictions from 10 December and throughout the Christmas and New Year periods.

Kind regards,

Kim

"Travel will be banned between regions over the holiday period, unless it is to visit family, and up to ten people will be allowed to meet around the Christmas table and to see in the New Year, according to new plans proposed by Spain’s Health Ministry.

Spain's Health Ministry has proposed extending social gatherings to 10 people from the current 6 limit to celebrate Christmas and New Year and will delay the curfew to 1.30 am.

These are the proposals included in a draft document prepared by the Health Ministry to cover the festive period which in Spain lasts from Christmas Eve until Three Kings Day on January 6th.

The raft of measures have been outlined in a plan proposed by Spain’s Health Ministry that will need to be approved by a committee of 17 regional authorities on Wednesday afternoon, and could still be subject to change.

The proposal emphasises the 6M rule which recommends that social gatherings are limited to households, or a maximum of 6 people for those not living under the same roof, and that they follow what has been termed “6M” – the six rules to limit coronavirus infection risk:

-  Mascarilla (wearing a facemask) 

-  Manos (regular washing of hands) 

-  Metros (maintaining a social distance of 1.5 metres) 

-  Maximizar ventilacion (maximum ventilation either by meeting outside or keeping windows and doors open)

-  Minimizar numero de contactos (minimizing the number of people in social groups) and 

-  “Me quedo en casa” (staying at home when you show symptoms, have tested positive or been in contact with someone who has).

However, the plan will allow meetings of up to 10 people to celebrate lunches and dinners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, extending the limit from a maximum of 6 which is set for all other social gatherings at other times.

The plan proposes that regions close their borders to limit movement between 23rd December and 6th January, but will include “travelling to visit family and close friends” as a valid reason to cross perimetral confinements, although it will not allow travel for the purposes of tourism.

This is an added concession from a first draft proposed last week by Health Minister, Salvador Illa.

Another difference to the original draft a week ago is the removal of a clause that would have allowed the traditional race of San Silvestre, a run which takes place on New Year’s Eve in cities across Spain. Instead, the proposal states: "No major sporting events can be held and virtual participation versions are recommended instead."

The plan also sees the cancellation of the traditional "cabalgatas" – the Three Kings parades that take place across Spain on the evening of 5th January – in order to avoid crowds and instead replace with static events that can be broadcast on television.

It also recommends that events that draw crowds, such as “campanadas” – the ringing in the New Year in public squares such as Puerta del Sol when, according to tradition, a grape is consumed on each chime at midnight - be instead celebrated “virtually” by staying at home and watching on television.

The plans include provisions for elderly relatives who live in residential homes to visit their family at Christmas, as long as the visit is "restricted to a single address and maintains a stable coexistence bubble."

Upon return to their residential home it recommends carrying out a PCR test and to take extreme measures of prevention and surveillance in the following days.

University students returning home for the holidays are advised to limit their social interactions for 10 days prior to their visit home to limit the risk of infection.

The national curfew will remain in place throughout the period with times set by regional authorities, but with the exception that on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, the curfew be delayed until 1.30 am to allow people an extra hour to get home.

Other traditional activities held around Christmas in Spain, such as Nativity Scenes and Christmas concerts, will be allowed to go ahead as long as social distancing can be guaranteed and occupation limited to 50 percent of the usual capacity.

The proposal allows restaurants to be open over the festive period, but with the same limits that are currently in place; limited capacity and maximum of 6 people per table.

Regional governments may also enforce additional measures over the holidays, depending on the epidemiological evolution of the coronavirus within their territories."

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Posted: Thu Dec 3, 2020 8:59am

Kimmy11 wrote on Thu Dec 3, 2020 12:13am:

Hi all,

The article below from today's edition of "The Local" explains the Spanish government's latest draft Covid-19 restrictions from 10 December and throughout the Christmas and New Year periods.

Kind regards,

Kim

"Travel will be banned between regions over the holiday period, unless it is to visit family, and up to ten people will be allowed to meet around the Christmas table and to see in the New Year, according to new plans proposed by Spain’s Health Ministry.

Spain's Health Ministry has proposed extending social gatherings to 10 people from the current 6 limit to celebrate Christmas and New Year and will delay the curfew to 1.30 am.

These are the proposals included in a draft document prepared by the Health Ministry to cover the festive period which in Spain lasts from Christmas Eve until Three Kings Day on January 6th.

The raft of measures have been outlined in a plan proposed by Spain’s Health Ministry that will need to be approved by a committee of 17 regional authorities on Wednesday afternoon, and could still be subject to change.

The proposal emphasises the 6M rule which recommends that social gatherings are limited to households, or a maximum of 6 people for those not living under the same roof, and that they follow what has been termed “6M” – the six rules to limit coronavirus infection risk:

-  Mascarilla (wearing a facemask) 

-  Manos (regular washing of hands) 

-  Metros (maintaining a social distance of 1.5 metres) 

-  Maximizar ventilacion (maximum ventilation either by meeting outside or keeping windows and doors open)

-  Minimizar numero de contactos (minimizing the number of people in social groups) and 

-  “Me quedo en casa” (staying at home when you show symptoms, have tested positive or been in contact with someone who has).

However, the plan will allow meetings of up to 10 people to celebrate lunches and dinners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, extending the limit from a maximum of 6 which is set for all other social gatherings at other times.

The plan proposes that regions close their borders to limit movement between 23rd December and 6th January, but will include “travelling to visit family and close friends” as a valid reason to cross perimetral confinements, although it will not allow travel for the purposes of tourism.

This is an added concession from a first draft proposed last week by Health Minister, Salvador Illa.

Another difference to the original draft a week ago is the removal of a clause that would have allowed the traditional race of San Silvestre, a run which takes place on New Year’s Eve in cities across Spain. Instead, the proposal states: "No major sporting events can be held and virtual participation versions are recommended instead."

The plan also sees the cancellation of the traditional "cabalgatas" – the Three Kings parades that take place across Spain on the evening of 5th January – in order to avoid crowds and instead replace with static events that can be broadcast on television.

It also recommends that events that draw crowds, such as “campanadas” – the ringing in the New Year in public squares such as Puerta del Sol when, according to tradition, a grape is consumed on each chime at midnight - be instead celebrated “virtually” by staying at home and watching on television.

The plans include provisions for elderly relatives who live in residential homes to visit their family at Christmas, as long as the visit is "restricted to a single address and maintains a stable coexistence bubble."

Upon return to their residential home it recommends carrying out a PCR test and to take extreme measures of prevention and surveillance in the following days.

University students returning home for the holidays are advised to limit their social interactions for 10 days prior to their visit home to limit the risk of infection.

The national curfew will remain in place throughout the period with times set by regional authorities, but with the exception that on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, the curfew be delayed until 1.30 am to allow people an extra hour to get home.

Other traditional activities held around Christmas in Spain, such as Nativity Scenes and Christmas concerts, will be allowed to go ahead as long as social distancing can be guaranteed and occupation limited to 50 percent of the usual capacity.

The proposal allows restaurants to be open over the festive period, but with the same limits that are currently in place; limited capacity and maximum of 6 people per table.

Regional governments may also enforce additional measures over the holidays, depending on the epidemiological evolution of the coronavirus within their territories."

From announcements we have read and from the N332 website this is the case on restrictions but only from 23 Dec to 6 Jan, which is why we arranged our travel plans from 10 to the 21 Dec.

Kimmy11

Posted: Thu Dec 3, 2020 9:18am

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Posted: Thu Dec 3, 2020 9:18am

Thanks Rob.  The current restrictions are due for review on 9 December, so it remains to be confirmed, but I will update as soon as the official Boletin is published.  In the meantime, please would you post the link to the N332 information you've read.

Many thanks and kind regards,

Kim

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Posted: Thu Dec 3, 2020 9:58am

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Posted: Thu Dec 3, 2020 9:58am

“travelling to visit family and close friends” as a valid reason to cross perimetral confinements, although it will not allow travel for the purposes of tourism."

In other words no effective travel restrictions at all. 

How can you possibly police a rule like that? 

Chuck a dummy cardboard box wrapped in Xmas paper on the back seat with a label to "To my best mate Pedro, merry Xmas" and you're good to drive anywhere! 

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Posted: Thu Dec 3, 2020 10:12am

On a serious note, I can't find anything on the N332 website about when the 'new' restrictions will commence.

EDIT:  This article from El Pais reads pretty much the same as The Local's - no final decision likely until 10 December and, even then, regional variations are likely to apply:

https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-12-02/spain-considers-allowing-travel-to-see-family-for-christmas.html

Kind regards, 

Kim

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Posted: Fri Dec 4, 2020 1:15pm

CharlieFarmer wrote on Thu Dec 3, 2020 9:58am:

“travelling to visit family and close friends” as a valid reason to cross perimetral confinements, although it will not allow travel for the purposes of tourism."

In other words no effective travel restrictions at all. 

How can you possibly police a rule like that? 

Chuck a dummy cardboard box wrapped in Xmas paper on the back seat with a label to "To my best mate Pedro, merry Xmas" and you're good to drive anywhere! 

Hello

My potential drive from the uk to Spain for my usual 3 month winter stay from end December is not looking good at the moment. I suppose it’s classed as tourism. So disappointing  

Laraine 😩

Kimmy11

Posted: Fri Dec 4, 2020 1:19pm

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Posted: Fri Dec 4, 2020 1:19pm

Hi Laraine,

Did England retain their "no overseas travel to holiday homes" when the UK reviewed their restrictions on 2nd December?

Kind regards, 

Kim

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Posted: Fri Dec 4, 2020 5:48pm

Kimmy11 wrote on Fri Dec 4, 2020 1:19pm:

Hi Laraine,

Did England retain their "no overseas travel to holiday homes" when the UK reviewed their restrictions on 2nd December?

Kind regards, 

Kim

Hello

Thank you for replying.
Not sure Kim. I’ll have to check that. 

Also I have read that travel for holidaying is not permitted at the moment in Spain.  It’s a friends holiday home that I usually stay in Jan to March with my two dogs. I cannot go in Jan 21 because the new brexit rules state my normal pet passports will be invalid. So if I travel it will be end of December ish. 
Will just have to keep fingers crossed. 

Laraine

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Posted: Mon Dec 7, 2020 9:49am

Lozza wrote on Fri Dec 4, 2020 5:48pm:

Hello

Thank you for replying.
Not sure Kim. I’ll have to check that. 

Also I have read that travel for holidaying is not permitted at the moment in Spain.  It’s a friends holiday home that I usually stay in Jan to March with my two dogs. I cannot go in Jan 21 because the new brexit rules state my normal pet passports will be invalid. So if I travel it will be end of December ish. 
Will just have to keep fingers crossed. 

Laraine

Everything about the restrictions is chaotic everywhere, no country is blameless.

People are travelling from the UK to Spain almost as normal, they , at the moment have to have a covid test,£150, however at Alicante no- one is bothered and they were ignored. Arrival direct to Spain seems to require this covid test Air or ship,but if you drive overland ,France, you dont require it.

Travel from Ireland requires a contact form for the first 14 days , which is checked, the reverse is required on return to Ireland , unless you are travelling to NI , fill it out and keep it in your pocket.

Hopefully the vaccine will give the Govts an "out" and things will approach normallity again .Basically try and keep up to date as it changes daily.

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