response to a number of outbreaks in the region, the
Valencian Government's Health Minister Ana Barceló
has announced it is now mandatory to wear face masks
at all times on public roads, in open and closed public
spaces and in areas open to the public even if social
distancing can be maintained. The minister also confirmed
that it is now also recommended for face masks
to be worn in private spaces, open or closed, if there
is a lack a trust between people who don't live together
and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
today, Saturday 18th July, face masks must be worn at
all times, even if social distancing can be maintained,
on public roads, outdoor spaces and closed spaces open
to the public and also on bar/restaurant terraces when
not consuming food and drink. The health minister added
that only surgical and hygienic face masks must be used.
Those masks with respiratory valves are not permitted
expect for work reasons.
are a small number of exceptions which are:
whilst on a beach or using a swimming pool;
visiting natural spaces away from populated areas;
in bar/restaurant venues but only whilst consuming food
- people who have declared respiratory
- when engaging in physical activity.
a press conference, Barceló explained that the
decision had to be made after the number of cases quadrupled
in the 20-40 year age range in the region and it
is this age range which tends to be asymptomatic (i.e.
producing or showing no symptoms) and consequently have
a false sense of security which results in the virus
being spread further, mainly through the nightlife sector.
In the past few hours, six new outbreaks have been recorded
in the Valencian Community; Burjassot, Valéncia,
Manises, Elche and Peñiscola, affecting some
38 people. These are in addition to two outbreaks
already detected in Gandía and Santa Pola, both
of which had their source in their nightlife areas.
As a result, Gandía has chosen to close all its
nightlife establishments to curb the spread of the infection
and the regional government has warned that it will
take similar action to any place which doesn't apply
the measures recommended by the health authorities.
Date: Saturday 18th July 2020