Go with the ballot already in its envelope and first thing in the morning. It is the guideline for February 13 that the Board requests people to be under quarantine for being infected by Covid. They will be able to leave home and exercise their right to vote, but for the safety of the rest of the voters and the citizens who will be in front of the tables They are asked to have minimal contact in their schools and to visit them during off-peak hours: between 10:00 and 12:00..
In any case, these are “recommendations”. There will be no imposition of schedules or additional security measures as has been the case in other electoral events held during the pandemic.
In the Basque Country and Galicia, back in 2020, positive people were prohibited from leaving home, in Catalonia and Madrid the last time slot of the day was dedicated to them and the members of the tables were protected, with PPE in the first case and FFP2 and face shields in the second. From the Board they understand that the same circumstances do not concur.
Although the Community is still immersed in the sixth wave with an incidence of 3,570 cases per 100,000 inhabitants within fourteen days, “the advancement of vaccination” and the epidemiological and hospital situation mark a “different” scenario, argued Ángel Ibáñez, head of the Presidency, whose Ministry is in charge of organizing an unprecedented electoral deployment since on other occasions the appointment has coincided with other elections, the municipal ones, and the Government Delegation intervened in the infrastructure.
Beyond these recommendations, a protocol has been established with security measures that define interpersonal distance and between tables, the mandatory use of a mask, ventilation or devices to deposit the DNI and avoid “interaction with objects” at the time of cast the vote in the ballot box. 2,094,490 Castilians and Leonese are called to them. Whoever wants it has until February 3 to request a vote by mail, which 17,600 people have already claimed.
Ibáñez’s explanations were given hours before the electoral campaign in Castilla y León officially began with the traditional posting (virtual in most cases) of posters. But in such special elections, political acts have been a constant in recent weeks and there was time for the messages against each other to continue during yesterday’s session.