The Regional Minister of the Presidency and spokesperson for the Government, Meritxell Budó, recognized this Saturday that the option of lockdown “It is present in the debates” of the Catalan executive and that it is a possibility “that is put on the table depending on how epidemiological data progress.” In statements to RAC1, Budó has anticipated that, in the event of decreeing this home confinement, schools will also they should close “very likely.”
However, Budó has also clarified that these are measures that “are not immediately foreseen at the moment” and depend in any case on data that have only worsened during the week. This same Saturday they have registered more than 6,000 new infections and another 48 deaths, while the regrowth index rises to 713.37, almost 78 points more than the previous day.
That is why the Catalan government agreed yesterday to request the Executive of Pedro Sánchez the state of alarm to face the dangerous situation of covid-19 in Catalonia and thus be able to implement a night curfew. Under this state of alarm, Budó pointed out, the Generalitat would be “the competent delegated authority” and its powers would be preserved: “The will is for it to be an absolutely different state of alarm from what was applied in March, which was recentralizing.”
Budó has explained that this curfew proposed by the Government would be a “Night confinement” in the style of March, with restricted mobility between 11 pm and 6 am, thinking about “the field of leisure”, so it is not thinking about stopping the work activity of people who work at night.
About the closing of the bars and restaurants, He has said that it will not be until Monday of next week when the Government will address “with epidemiological data” how it can lift the restrictions or not.
“Our will is, as soon as possible, to lift these restrictions and that these sectors that have been closed (…) can recover their activity as soon as possible,” he pointed out, although he specified that this decision has to go accompanied by epidemiological data