Catalonia wants to lift night-time restrictions on going out


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Catalonia in northeastern Spain wants to lift the night-time restrictions on going out that have been in force since Christmas from Friday, despite the very high number of infections.

Barcelona – Catalonia in north-eastern Spain wants to lift the night-time restrictions on going out that have been in force since Christmas from Friday, despite the very high number of infections. The seven-day incidence is currently 2290, more than four times higher than when the measure was ordered, as reported by the newspaper “El País”. But the rapid increase in numbers has slowed down recently, according to the report, the regional government in Barcelona justified its decision. This is also due to the fact that the public holidays in Spain, which ended in Epiphany on January 6th and thus posed an increased risk of infection, are over. On December 23, the incidence was 506.

The measure, which was in force across the region with a few minor exceptions, affects around 6.3 million residents, or 82 percent of the population of Catalonia. There are no restrictions on going out anywhere else in Spain, which has one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe.

Clubs, bars and discos remain closed in Catalonia with the tourist metropolis Barcelona. In the interior of restaurants, only 50 percent of the actually permitted seats may be allocated. In almost all other public facilities and shops, only 70 percent of the capacity may be used. The number of participants in public and private gatherings remains limited to ten. (dpa)


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