The government of Murcia published an announcement today to say the hospitality industry must close down save for takeway and deliveries – read the official announcement in Spanish here.
Restaurants, bars and cafes will close this Saturday across the entire region of Murcia (1.48 million people).
The measure will be in place for 14 days.
Murcia’s regional committee for monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic has also recommended the closure of parks and gardens from 19:00 each day.
Hospitality businesses may only remain open for takeaway and delivery services.
The Comité del Seguimento have also requested the powers to implement home confinement across the region – this petition was rejected today, read more in BayRadio News’ write-up.
“We know that this measure in bars and restaurants, which has been taken in European countries as a safeguard against a possible health collapse, is an extreme measure, but necessary if we want to face with expectations of success the very tough month ahead of us, according to development of health figures”, said the Comité’s spokesman, Jaime Pérez.
“We are at a critical time – we have to save lives – this is the current situation, in which hospitalisations have increased in recent days, as has the age of new patients.”
Murcia’s regional health department has kick-started a plan to create 500 more hospital beds and triple the number of ICU beds to 350.
There are currently 11,462 active cases in the Región de Murcia. Yesterday, 12 people died due to COVID-19 complications.
They were aged 43, 62, 62, 63, 71, 79, 79, 80, 86, 87, 89 and 93, according to the official announcement published today.