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The Government makes the opening of bars and restaurants more flexible and the perimeter closure of Catalonia

“It is important that this Christmas we do not have to regret it later.” In this way, the vice-president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragon, wanted to appeal to the “responsibility” of the population, since “we will not put a policeman in each house”, to face the opening plan that will be launched from Monday. And it does so by making the measures announced during this week more flexible and which have caused a new confrontation between the members of the Government, since while the Company defended more facilities for economic recovery, Health set health criteria.

The four phases are maintained, which will be applied for the next two months, although bars and restaurants may open between 6 am and 9.30 pm, and not at five, as was the first proposal. In addition, the terraces of these places can have a maximum of four people per table, when before it was only 30%, and inside they will have to meet the capacity of 30% with a distance of two meters.

In addition, if the indications of transmission and the risk of covid re-outbreak indicate it, as of December 21 the perimeter ban in Catalonia will be lifted, with which “there will be no restrictions to enter and exit” according to the Councilor for the Presidency, Meritxell Budó. In the previous phase, the weekend limitations will go from municipal to regional. The Government maintains the night curfew until after the Christmas holidays, which will start the year with these restrictions.

The Generalitat will also allow the reopening of cultural activities, since cinemas, theaters and concert halls can open with a capacity of 50% and a maximum of 500 people, and sports activities. The store will also be able to open at 50% of its capacity from the second phase, as well as the shopping centers, in an attempt to save the Christmas season.

In the third phase of reactivation within this second wave, meetings of 10 people will also be allowed, with which it is intended to guarantee family gatherings during the holidays. “It will not be a Christmas or a normal New Year’s Eve,” said Budó, who added that the population must “adapt” and make “this sacrifice” to avoid a third wave.

The Government’s announcement aims to solve the internal controversy between JxCat and ERC, which even caused an alteration in the functioning of the crisis committee against the coronavirus, in which the Government’s councilors discuss what measures to take to deal with the pandemic. AragonÚs and Budó had to meet to ease tension and redirect the crisis. The vice president regretted this controversy, stating that “we have not been able to build this strategy in public with the respect that the public deserves” and added that “after very difficult and complex debates, we have a shared strategy on how deal with the pandemic over the next few months. ”

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