Limiting alcohol sales and closing public spaces among new Covid measures being studied by the Junta

The Junta's Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre.
The Junta's Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre. / SUR
  • The regional government's Ministry of Health is considering the introduction of the measures in Andalusian towns where the coronavirus incidence rate exceeds 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants

The Junta de Andalucía's Ministry of Health has proposed this Wednesday (14 July) to limit the hours of sale of alcohol, ban mass events and consider the closure of the some public areas in towns with a high incidence rate of Covid-19. The measures would apply to municipalities where the Covid-19 cumulative incidence rate exceeds 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days.

According to the Ministry in a statement, these measures would also include "closing areas or streets of the municipality in which, reasonably, it is not possible to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between people because they have a high influx of people".

The department also proposes intensifying policing measures to make sure that the consumption of alcohol in public, away from hospitality establishments, is stopped. This would include the botellon drinking parties particularly popular with the younger age groups.

The regional government’s Ministry of Health, headed by Jesús Aguirre, is also studying limiting the hours of sale of alcoholic drinks in commercial establishments, as well as ordering the closure of beaches, parks and gardens, and postpone the holding of mass events "until the coronavirus situation improves."

The department suggests that the measures should be adopted for a minimum duration of seven days and would be continuously evaluated to determine their effectiveness by the Territorial Committees of the High Impact Public Health Alerts Council.

The Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, has made these proposals in a meeting with the Andalusian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FAMP), chaired by Fernando Rodríguez Villalobos.

Aguirre said that "to reduce transmission it is necessary to intensify vigilance in compliance with the established preventive measures, as well as to adopt additional measures complementary to those established at the regional level."

The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Health, Catalina García; the Secretary General of Public Health and Pharmaceutical Management, José María de Torres, and the Managing Director of the Andalusian Health Service (SAS), Miguel Ángel Guzmán.