Saturday 5th December 2020 | MIKE SMITH
The Generalitat Valenciana has confirmed the restrictions that will be in place throughout the region during the festive period. President Ximo Puig and Health Minister Ana Barceló announced the details this morning, in addition to confirming that the current general measures will be extended until January 15th 2021.
Barceló explained that these restrictions have to remain in place – and even expanded for the festive season – because the Valencian region remains in a “high risk” situation with a social sphere where maximum infections can occur.
The regulations which remain in force until at least January 15th 2021 are:
The restriction on entering and exiting the Comunidad Valenciana by land, which has been in place since the end of October, will remain in force until January 15th 2021, except for justified reasons, such as going to work.
However, this restriction will be relaxed on December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st for those who wish to travel to the homes of relatives and close friends in other autonomous communities.
The night curfew, which begins at 12 midnight and ends at 6.00am the following day, will remain in place until January 15th 2021.
However, the curfew will be put back to 1.30am on the nights of December 24th, 25th and 31st as well as January 1st to allow people to travel to their homes after festive social meetings.
The capacity of bars and restaurants is 30% of licensed capacity inside the premises and 50% on outside terraces. Venues must close at midnight and should not take orders for drink or food after 11.00pm. Up to six people can occupy one table or groups of tables together.
Family and Social Gatherings
The restriction on the number of people who can occupy the same table remains at six until January 15th 2021.
However, on December 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st and January 1st, dinners and lunches with close family members may consist of up to ten people. The regional government has recommended that these gatherings be limited to two households.
Christmas 2020 Specific Restrictions
Hospitality: On December 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st and January 1st, bars and restaurants may remain open until 1.00am, giving clients a margin of 30 minutes to return home before the night curfew begins. There remains a maximum of six people per table, except for family members and those who live together, who may have up to ten people on their table. Interiors must be well-ventilated, people cannot eat from the same plate, and face masks must be worn when not eating or drinking.
Christmas Events: Only static parades will be authorized for the traditional King’s Parade, with clear and safe entrance and exit into the enclosure. Once inside, visitors must wear face masks and use hydroalcoholic gel. Parades without crowds can be done, with the possibility of watching from balconies and without the throwing of sweets or toys. Traditional races such as San Silvestre are not permitted.