Euskadi makes municipal confinement more flexible to allow passage to neighboring towns and does not approve any more restrictions on the hotel business

The crisis table of the health emergency in Euskadi (an organ known as Labi) has agreed this Friday minimum “adjustments” in the control measures of the COVID-19 pandemic in force since after Christmas, when there was a rebound . The main change is that the municipal confinement is made more flexible to allow a certain mobility to the neighboring towns for the realization of “socio-economic or outdoor sports activities”. There will be some possibilities to play sports also in municipalities that are not on red alert even if they are not adjacent. There are many towns that are physically close together although administratively divided into which some dysfunctions had occurred, such as Donostia and Pasaia, Zumarraga and Urretxu, Beasain and Ordizia, Ermua and Eibar, areas of Greater Bilbao or Vitoria and Zigoitia, where a busy mall. The Executive has explained that these changes will apply from midnight from Sunday to Monday and will be in effect for 20 days.

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What does change is the regulation of the hotel industry, but for reasons of another nature. The Basque Government abides by the judicial resolution known this week and which was issued by the Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country (TSJPV), whose rapporteur has been the controversial judge Luis Garrido. It annulled the automatic system for closing bars and restaurants in the red alert towns, with more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days. The new package of measures does not include any mechanism to close the restaurant in the event of a rebound in the incidence, although there are restrictions on capacity (50% indoors and without the use of a bar), on hours (8:00 p.m.) or on the maximum number of people that can gather around the table (groups of four).

The blow that the Basque Country lost a “tool” that it considered key to contain the expansion of the coronavirus. In this scenario, it was the Lehendakari himself, Iñigo Urkullu, who appeared after the Labi meeting and not the Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui. “[Nuestras] Decisions [han estado] based on sanitary recommendations and aimed at preserving and protecting community health, “emphasized Urkullu, who stressed the” perplexity “of his cabinet over what happened. The Lehendakari reported that the same moment the judge’s decision was known Garrido wrote a letter to the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, to request modifications in the state of alarm to give more “legal guarantees” to the regional decisions, but has not received a response from La Moncloa.

The Basque Country is in full decline in the incidence rate of COVID-19, although it still remains at red alert levels. In addition, hospital pressure remains at the highest levels in the entire second phase of the pandemic, which began in August and which has already had three peaks in August-September, November and after Christmas. This Thursday the ICU beds occupied by critical patients with Sars-Cov-2 were still almost 50%, when a percentage of 35% is already considered risk.

Labi has agreed on a longer-term ‘roadmap’ – the third version of the Bizi Berri plan (‘New life’, in Basque). It establishes the measures that can accompany the five alert levels, although a sixth reinforced red alert is included. Although the rate of 500 is already the “exceptional” level at which action is taken, if the incidence exceeds 700, other “extraordinary” measures would be considered, such as asking the State to advance the curfew or, “in an extreme case” , some “confinement” formulas.

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