Following the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission, the president of the Valencian Government, Ximo Puig, has confirmed that the establishments where the covid certificate will be required will be expanded due to the increase in the number of infections in recent weeks. The Generalitat Valenciana will request the endorsement of the TSJCV to be able to implement this measure as soon as possible. When it comes into force, the covid passport will be mandatory for access to all the hospitality sector, gyms, cinemas and theatres or sports centres as well as any publicly accessible facility where you can eat or drink.
The objective of the Generalitat is to limit the possibility of contagion. Until now, the covid certificate was only requested in restaurants, bars and leisure establishments with a capacity of more than 50 people, as well as in residences, hospitals and music festivals with a capacity of more than 500 people.
The president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, has acknowledged that “This Christmas can not be as we would like” and that, “we have to be absolutely prudent”. To this he added that “contagions occur in closed spaces” and that, therefore, action must be taken accordingly.
Puig has emphasized that in a month the contagions in the Valencian Community have tripled, as well as the admissions in hospitals and ICU. However, he also stressed that the Valencian Community is on alert , but that the hospitalization figures are far from those recorded in the worst hour of the pandemic. In this sense, he insists on the success of vaccination. ” 93% of Valencians are vaccinated. It is the differential factor that differentiates this moment from the worst moments of the pandemic recorded a year ago”
For this reason it will be required in all bars and restaurants (including those with a capacity of less than 50 people), in public places where you eat or drink, such as cinemas, and also in sports facilities, gyms and centres for the elderly. These measures shall enter into force as soon as they are published in the DOGV and approved by the TSJCV.
This decision seeks to curb the increase in infections with the requirement of certification in all places where the use of the mask cannot be guaranteed since, according to the president, “is an element to ensure security and has proved to be a fundamental instrument in the fight against this pandemic”.
However, despite the fact that there are currently 40% more infections than in the same dates last year, the Sanitat councillor, Ana Barceló, has said that there is 50% less thanks to the vaccine.
This measure arrives 48 hours before the online meeting with the other regional presidents and the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, to agree on a series of precautions in order to slow the advance of the coronavirus.