Christmas is coming and many people are already thinking about if they can travel to other cities to meet a few days with their relatives, waiting for the rules that will govern those dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic to become official. Christmas will be lived under the state of alarm decreed by the Government on October 25, which implies that the autonomous communities will decide on mobility between territories, but this Wednesday, December 2 it is a decisive date because the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System meets again to, this time, communicate the fine print of the agreement between the autonomous communities and Health from which the recommendations for a safe Christmas.
While waiting for what is voted in the meeting, Cadena SER has had access to the Health draft that will be on the table. It is a text that speaks of “measures to be adopted”, not recommendations, as the first draft said. These are the main points to be voted on this afternoon:
– Mobility: between December 23, 2020 and January 6 2021, the autonomous communities and autonomous cities will make effective the input and output limitation saved for justified displacements as well as for trips to autonomous communities or cities that are place of habitual residence of relatives or close friends of the displaced person.
– Meetings: Family or friends meetings to celebrate Christmas lunches and dinners on December 24, 25 and 31, 2020 and January 1, 2021 are subject to that the maximum number of ten people is not exceeded, except in the case of cohabitants.
– Curfew: On the nights of December 24 to 25 and from December 31 to January 1, the limitation of the freedom of movement of people at night starts no later than 1:30 am.
Salvador Illa gives some clues
Before that important meeting, the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has advanced this Tuesday that the measures that will be approved tomorrow in the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) for Christmas they will make the celebrations “different” from previous years. Without going into detail any specific measure, the minister has assured that these will be aimed at aspects related to mobility, social relations and activities of various kinds that take place on these dates.
“December is a month in which mobility and social contacts are increased, the two main vectors of transmission of the virus. I hope that tomorrow at the CISNS we can agree on the measures and, as soon as we do, we will make them known,” he said. asserted Illa.
The virologist José Antonio López Guerrero gave in the SER another advice on these trips for Christmas: “You have to try to book the plane, train or bus tickets in advance although it is a very concentrated vacation. At Christmas the days to travel are very concentrated, you have to make a important forecast “.
The risk of university students
The plan assumes that students college kids will be coming home for Christmas break and asks them that “limit social interactions in the days before they return home and that preventive measures should be taken to the extreme.” Once home, they should try to limit contact, interact mostly outdoors rather than indoors, and wear masks.
Today you can plan a trip outside of Spain to spend Christmas, although the recommendation is that it only be done if it is strictly necesary. Too keep in mind that since this past Monday, November 23 he is mandatory present a negative PCR before entering Spain, something that Spaniards are also required to return to their homes after spending a few Christmas days in risk countries.