The capacity is reduced to 30% in the catering establishments in thirteen localities, while the Region reaches the average level of alert
The Region of Murcia has gone this week from a low risk threshold to a medium level, after doubling the incidence rate. In addition, in 13 municipalities the high alert level is activated, which implies that an occupancy of 30% of the capacity cannot be exceeded inside the premises. The affected localities are Archena, Beniel, Cartagena, Jumilla, Librilla, Lorquí, Mazarrón, Molina de Segura, Mula, Torre Pacheco, Las Torres de Cotillas, La Unión and Yecla.
Five of these populations (Mazarrón, Librilla, Torre Pacheco, Los Alcázares and La Unión) actually have very high incidence rates (over 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants). Thus, in Mazarrón 447 positives per 100,000 are reached, while in Torre Pacheco they are close to 300. According to the de-escalation document approved in early June, Health should proceed to close the interior of bars and restaurants in these municipalities, but not it will take this measure by understanding that the infections are targeted and that the measures must be adjusted to a scenario that has changed “totally” with vaccination.
For the rest, Health maintains the restrictions in force, such as the closure of the interior of nightlife venues throughout the Region. The limitations on the capacity of the celebrations also continue, but mass events are saved for the moment. The counselor stressed that there have been no outbreaks in this type of event, unlike what happened in entertainment venues and weddings. Hence, the restrictions are focused on these areas.
Specifically, 41% of the outbreaks registered in the Region have their origin in leisure, while 39% have occurred in social or family encounters. The outbreak in the Bali nightclub in Los Alcázares already leaves 121 infected, and in a second pub in the town another outbreak with 41 cases originated. In La Manga there are another 55 infected by an outbreak in a leisure establishment and 31 infected at a wedding. Meanwhile, in Totana, 13 cases linked to a ‘bar-lounge’ have been detected.
To try to stop the outbreaks, Public Health inspected 24 establishments this weekend, mainly celebration halls and nightlife venues. There are two open files for non-compliance with the measures and corrective measures have been applied in some establishments.
The Minister of Health, Juan José Pedreño, appealed to the responsibility of young people to stop the virus.