Monday 6th September 2021 – PRESS RELEASE with Mike Smith
President Ximo Puig has announced the measures which will be in place as the region moves towards its long-awaited de-escalation phase as a result of the COVID-19 infection rate continuing to drop in the Comunidad Valenciana. His announcement includes the removal of the night curfew, the re-opening of nightclubs, albeit with certain restrictions, and the lifting of limits on social gatherings.
This first stage of de-escalation will come into effect from tomorrow Tuesday 7th September and will remain in place until Monday 27th September. However, the president has again called for prudence from the population and encourages those who have not yet received the vaccine to do so in order to contribute to the gradual return to normality.
The president explained that the situation will be re-assessed on September 27th to see if the measures can be further relaxed. Key to that decision will be that, by that date, it will be possible to see if the Fallas celebrations which are currently taking place will have any effect on the infection rates in the Comunidad Valenciana.
The night curfew has been lifted for those municipalities throughout the Comunidad Valenciana which had seen the restriction in place during the last few weeks, including Dénia, Xàbia, Calp, Pego, Pedreguer and Teulada-Moraira in the Marina Alta, which means that freedom of movement at the night has been restored across the whole region.
From tomorrow, nightclubs can re-open until 3.00am, although there will be a capacity limit of 50% for interior spaces and drinks cannot be served after 2.30am. Dancing remains prohibited as does drinking at the bar, although drinks can be collected.
For bars and restaurants, although the current capacity limits will remain in place – and they will still have to close at 12.30am – the maximum people per table (or group of tables) inside the venue has been increased to eight people whilst the maximum of ten people per table (or group of tables) on the terraces remains. Collecting drinks from the bar will now be permitted.
As for social gatherings in private houses and in the street, the limit of ten people has been lifted.
For the celebration of events indoors, a capacity limit of 50% up to a maximum of 1,500 people is maintained, although if the space can be divided into sectors, a maximum of 1,000 people per sector will be permitted.
For outdoor events, the capacity limit is increased to 75% up to a maximum of 3,000 people, which can be increased if the space can be divided into sectors (up to five) with a maximum 1,000 people in each.
Finally, for professional sporting events, such as La Liga (Valencia CF, Villarreal CF and Levante UD) and the Liga ACB (Valencian Basket), the permitted capacity has been increased to 60% up to a maximum of 20,000 people in the open air and increased to 40% up to a maximum of 4,000 people in enclosed spaces.