The province of Valencia further relaxes the corona restrictions on march 15 2021

Denia, 12 March 2021

As in all of Spain, the figures in the Valencian Community continue to decline. Due to the positive evolution, the government of the Valencian Community has decided to relax even more restrictions. As of Monday, March 15, the following measures are new in the Valencian Community, which will apply until April 12:

  • Bars and restaurants can now serve guests on terraces at 100% capacity. The interiors of bars and restaurants can also reopen, with a third of the capacity. The bar counter is still taboo. In both cases, the following applies: a maximum of four people per table, restaurants must close at the latest at 6pm. The mask can only be removed for drinking and eating.
  • Gyms, indoor swimming pools and sports centres can open with a maximum occupancy of one third.
  • The leisure and youth facilities can reopen for small groups of a maximum of ten people.
  • For celebrations such as weddings, baptisms or similar, a maximum of 20 people is allowed outdoors, a maximum of 15 people in closed rooms. Occupancy cannot exceed one third of the total.

The president of the Community, Ximo Puig, has stressed on several occasions in his press conference that the situation in Corona on the Costa Blanca has improved notably, but that it is not the "party season".Regarding the long San José weekend around March 19, he emphasized that private celebrations in villas and country houses should also be avoided. Therefore, there will be no relaxation of preventive measures with regard to social contacts. As before, a maximum of four people is allowed to meet in public spaces; in private, with some exceptions, only people living together can gather.

The night curfew is also maintained from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. “Currently it is not an option for us to relax the restrictions further” said the prime minister of Valencia. Puig appealed to the citizens’ sense of responsibility and promised once again that the restrictions on the Costa Blanca “will not be applied one day longer than necessary.”

The Valencian Community is obtaining good results in the corona statistics: the incidence of 14 days is 58 (as of March 10). For seven days, there are currently only 22 new Covid-19 patients per 100,000 inhabitants. These are figures well below the Spanish average.

Ximo Puig attributes the good numbers to the restrictions, which were particularly severe on the Costa Blanca and throughout Valencia: “We have achieved the fastest and clearest improvement in all of Spain” said the Prime Minister. In a month and a half, the incidence dropped from 1,600 to 57.

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