Spain’s Catalonia says to close bars, eating places for 15 days

BARCELONA: Bars and eating places are to be closed throughout Spain’s northeastern Catalonia area for the following 15 days to gradual rising coronavirus infections, the regional authorities mentioned on Wednesday.
The transfer comes as Spain battles one of many highest charges of an infection within the European Union, with practically 900,000 infections and greater than 33,000 deaths.
“The measures will come into drive in a single day Thursday to Friday and can stay in place for an preliminary 15 days,” mentioned interim regional chief Pere Aragones, describing them as “painful however essential”.
Related measures got here into drive throughout The Netherlands on Wednesday whereas Northern Eire introduced a four-week closure of pubs and eating places simply over every week after Paris shuttered its bars and cafes.
Catalonia, a rich Spanish area which borders France, initially struggled with an increase in infections because the second wave took maintain over the summer season, however appeared to get a deal with on the scenario after ordering individuals to remain residence in Barcelona and different cities.
Though restrictions had been eased after the outbreak was introduced beneath management, the variety of infections has as soon as once more risen sharply in current days.
“Motion is required as we speak to keep away from a full lockdown within the coming weeks,” Aragones mentioned.
“We’ve got determined to use restrictions the place most individuals let their guard down,” he mentioned, acknowledging it might be “tough for the restaurant sector” who would solely have the ability to supply takeaway meals.
He additionally urged individuals to keep away from leaving their properties, warning the danger of the outbreak worsening was “extraordinarily excessive”.
The announcement got here as Madrid’s regional leaders had been locked in a political standoff with the central authorities over imposition of a partial lockdown within the capital and eight surrounding cities to gradual the rampant unfold of instances.
The restrictions, beneath which some 4.5 million individuals can not go away town limits and bars and eating places should observe an 11:00 pm curfew, initially got here into drive on October 2 however had been briefly suspended by the courts, prompting the central authorities to step in, overriding regional opposition.
Madrid’s rightwing authorities have opposed the partial lockdown on grounds it would trigger enormous injury to the area’s economic system.
“Could the trouble that these financial sectors are making as we speak not be in useless, we want everybody to get on board,” Aragones mentioned.
The an infection fee within the area of Madrid at the moment stands at 490 instances per 100,000 individuals within the final 14 days, in contrast with simply 263 in Catalonia — the identical quantity as in the remainder of Spain, which is without doubt one of the highest within the European Union.

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