The Junta de Andalucía wants to impose a night curfew on the city of Granada and its surrounding towns (metropolitan area) this weekend. However, he won’t move without permission from the Regional Supreme Court’s approval.
Now, this idea was first announced by the PM’s advisor, Elías Bendodo, earlier in the week yet this morning the TSJA (high court) said that it had heard nothing from the Junta – that might have changed by now.
The regional PM, Juanma Moreno, is reluctant to impose this curfew which will last from 22.00h until six the following morning because it will hit the hostelry sector hard.
But it is not only the regional government of Andalucia that wants to impose a curfew, but also the Valencian one where the idea is to have a curfew between midnight and six in the morning but over the whole of the region and not just the capital city and surrounding towns.
According to the Boletín Oficial de la Junta (official regional gazette) published today, the following are the towns within the metropolitan area of Granada that will be affected by the curfew if imposed.
Albolote, Alfacar, Alhendín, Armilla, Atarfe, Cájar, Cenes de la Vega, Cijuela, Cullar-Vega, Chauchina, Churriana de la Vega, Dílar, Fuente Vaqueros, Gójar, Güevéjar, Huetor-Vega, Jun, Láchar, Maracena, Monachil, Ogíjares, Otura, Pinos-Genil, Peligros, Pinos-Puente, Pulianas, Santa Fe, Víznar, La Zubia, Las Gabias and Vegas del Genil.
In the meantime, the Spanish Prime Minster, Pedro Sánchez, has called upon everybody to exercise “individual responsibility” in order to avoid a general close down.
“We must reduce movement to stop contagion,” he said during an appearance at a televised press call at the Moncloa (official residence of the Head of Government). No questions were permitted.
Everybody is wondering whether the Central Government will go ahead and impose another Estado de Alarma, which would give legal coverage to restricting Spanish citizen’s constitutional rights, such as Freedom of Movements. Regional governments, like the Junta de Andalucía are reluctant to impose curfews without one because it can be challenged legally for this reason.
The PM, on the other hand, is worried about being left in the lurch again by the main opposition party, the PP, if he does impose one, when it comes to getting it extended – an Estado de Alarma has a duration of 15 days after which it can only be extended if approved by the Lower House of Parliament (Congress).
For example, as a regional government or even a municipal one, you can shut bars and restaurants at, let’s say 23.00h but you cannot tell people to stay at home (restriction of movement).
The PP, on the other hand, berates the socialist Central Government for not bringing out new legislation that will do away with the need to impose an Estado de Alarma; after all, they have had since March to do it. But, and this is a big one, bringing out legislation that contradicts the Spanish Constitution is not a simple affair and requires all parties to work together to that end… which is hardly likely to happen, unfortunately.
Which brings us onto mask use in restaurants and whilst out practising sports.
The Junta has decided to be more stringent on the obligatory use of masks; i.e., if you’re actually eating or drinking in a bar or restaurant, you can remove them, but the rest of the time, you should keep them on.
This is due to people thinking that once they are parked on their chairs at a table, then they can just put them away in their pockets or handbags and not bother to put them back on until they’ve paid up and are standing up to leave.
The waiter, after all, has to wear a mask whilst attending to you, so why should the customer not do the same when, for example, the waiter is serving the table?
The Minister for Public Health at the Junta, Jesús Aguirre, said that people out practising sports in the open air or in gyms will also be required to wear them. After all, if you are physically exerting yourself, you’re going to pant – as far as we know, talking of physical exertions, it won’t be necessary to wear them in bed.