The Consell takes a step back. After a meeting this morning between the president of the Generalitat and senior officials of the Ministry of Health, the Valencian executive has decided to confine municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants on the perimeter during weekends. The affected towns are Valencia, Alacant, Elx, Castelló, Torrevieja, Torrent, Orihuela, Gandia, Paterna, Benidorm, Sagunt, Alcoi, Sant Vicent del Raspeig, Elda-Petrer and Vila-real.
The measure is taken after the accumulated incidence in the last fourteen days has reached 1,245 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants. The Valencian executive intended to lower the curfew at eight in the afternoon, but the Government’s decision not to modify the state of alarm has led him to take other actions to control infections.
Along with the perimeter closure of the large municipalities, the Consell has also decided that two people are not allowed to go together on the street unless they are part of the same nucleus of cohabitants.
Another decision taken at this morning’s meeting is to limit home visits. Access to non-cohabitants will not be allowed except for people who are sick, disabled or who can live alone.
In addition, the autonomic perimeter confinement is extended. It will continue without being able to enter or leave Valencian territory without a justified reason. The new measures will come into force as of tomorrow when they are published in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat and will remain in principle until February 15.