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Three regions announce lockdown measures as coronavirus cases continue to rise

Written by on January 19, 2021

Three regions in Spain have announced the closure of the hospitality sector in an effort to bring the coronavirus under control. The Valencian Community joined Castilla-La Mancha and the Balearic Islands in announcing the closure of bars and restaurants for dining in yesterday.

The regional government in the Valencian region also announced earlier closing hours for non-essential retail as it tries to get the pandemic under control.

President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon after holding an emergency cabinet meeting.

The new regulations call for the closure of bars and restaurants except for take away only and for non-essential retail to close at 6pm. Sporting facilities will also close during the enhanced period of restriction.

The new rules will last for at least 2 weeks, coming into effect tomorrow.

Meanwhile the supreme court in the Catalan region has tentatively confirmed that planned elections due to take place next month can be postponed until the end of May.

In a statement issued by the court, judges issued a provisional suspension to the legislation that triggered the ballot – however until confirmed the regional government has reactivated plans for a vote on the 14th February.