The Xunta de Galicia will request permission from the judges to again limit the right of assembly. It was announced Wednesday by its president, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the day after meeting with the clinical committee that advises him in the face of the coronavirus epidemic. If the High Court of Justice authorizes it, in the community will not be able to meet more than six people indoors and ten outdoors. Nor may there be meetings of non-cohabitants between one o’clock in the morning and six o’clock in the morning in the municipalities with the highest incidence of the virus. In the others, they will be banned from three to six in the morning. “The situation has worsened markedly and intensely,” he said.
These measures will only come into force if they obtain the approval of the judiciary. Feijóo took the opportunity to insist on his idea that there is “no law to manage the pandemic” but ignored the controversial ruling of the Constitutional Court last week declared illegal the confinement of the population during the first wave of the pandemic. He didn’t even mention it, something striking in a figure so prone to give his opinion on the setbacks of administrations not led by his party. Perhaps because the Constitutional Court’s decision, adopted by a slim majority and defended by his most conservative sector, ultimately contradicts his idea of limiting fundamental rights with regional laws.
Beyond the restrictions on meetings, pending judicial ratification, the Galician president also communicated new indications aimed at the hotel industry. With the data he offered, from twelve o’clock at night this Saturday, July 24, one in three Galicians must present either their vaccination certificate, or a negative test performed during the last 72 hours, or accreditation as having passed the COVID, to access the interior of the bars. It will be mandatory in municipalities that are the maximum or high level of restrictions, 36 this week. And in all if what is intended is to make use of the premises of the so-called nightlife.
The concellos in maximum level are Cambados, Sanxenxo, Boiro, Meaño, A Pobra do Caramiñal and O Grove -all of notable tourist affluence-, in addition to O Barco. In high level are Ourense, Avión, Barbadás, O Carballiño, Porto do Son, Carballo, Fisterra, Oleiros, Vimianzo, Arzúa, Ribeira, Melide, Burela, Viveiro, Cervo, Foz, Ribadeo, Vigo, A Illa, Vilagarcía, Vilanova, Marín, Poio, Pontevedra, Baiona, Gondomar, Nigrán, O Rosal and Tomiño.
Feijóo was very careful to offer apologies in advance to the “most punished sector, along with the hotels” by the economic crisis resulting from the epidemic. He insisted that, with the most recent protocol levels of the Consellería de Sanidade, not even in those municipalities with the highest incidence of the virus will be necessary to close the hotel establishments. In the latter, the capacity of the bars will be 30% indoors and 50% in terraces – maximum level – and 50% and 50% – high level – and to enter the premises will have to prove immunity or non-infection. In the medium level the permitted occupancy will be 50% inside and 50% outside, and in the medium-low level, 50% and 100%. “I want to apologize first of all to the hoteliers,” he said, “and secondly to all Galicians” for the situation. That he directly related to a “supply problem” of vaccines that, in his opinion, Galicia suffers. “I apologize to the people we can not vaccinate,” he solemnized.
Pace of vaccination
Despite the fact that the Spanish State is at the head of European countries in dispensing vaccines, Feijóo charged against the central government for that very reason. “We have few vaccines,” he said, “in Spain people want to be vaccinated but there are no vaccines”. He then launched into a series of hypotheses about the potential of the Galician Health Service (Sergas): “If we had doses, 100% of the population over the age of 12 would have the full schedule in August”. With his speech on immunization, the Galician president wanted to cure himself before exposing the new restrictions. “If we had vaccines we wouldn’t have to adopt these measures”. In Galicia, 65.6% of the population has completed the immunization schedule.
There are 12,889 active cases of coronavirus in Galicia, with 21 people in intensive care – eight under the age of 40, Feijóo stressed – and 153 hospitalized on the ward. During the last few days, the detection of more than a thousand cases a day has been common. The incidence at seven days is 300.7 per 100,000 inhabitants. At 14 days, 466.5. The mortality of the virus, however, has been reduced. In total, 2,443 people have died since the arrival of the coronavirus in the community.