The Community of Madrid is exploring conditions that will lift capacity restrictions due to covid-19 in cultural and recreational activities in order to allow 100% occupancy in places such as cinemas and theaters…
President of the region, Isabelle Diaz Ayuso, recently announced the intention of the regional government to ease restrictions on hospitality and culture, although it indicated that will be waiting to know the impact of the return operation, with the return from vacation and the start of the school year, coordinate measurements.
The cumulative incidence of 14 and 7 days per 100,000 inhabitants has decreased by 70% in the last month, and vaccinations represent over 80% of the target group (over 12 years old) with a full schedule, as the deputy adviser explained last Friday Antonio Zapateroalthough he stressed that a “small and minimal increase” in the number of infections is expected this month.
Data improvements that prompted the Madrid community to start proposing conditions and measures to be taken to ease the restrictions still in force in the field of hospitality and cultural events such as libraries, museums, theaters or cinemas. maximum power 50% indoors and 75% outdoors.
“The recovery is evident. This fifth wave is said to translate and vaccination is getting better and better, because there are vaccines, and in Madrid people are vaccinated in various places 24 hours a day, ”the Minister of Culture recently emphasized. Marta Rivera de la Cruzwho expected they would soon “deliver good news” about capacity.
Faced with this scenario, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports is examining, together with the Ministry of Health, the conditions that must be met to increase the permitted capacity to 100% in certain cultural and recreational activities such as libraries and archives. , museums, showrooms, theaters and cinemas, sources from the department headed by Rivera de la Cruz told Europa Press.
In contact with the sector
At the same time, the regional government also liaises with the sector, holding meetings to clarify its needs and expectations, which, as it has repeatedly reiterated, are associated with expanding capacity to full capacity.
Anyway, the sources interviewed indicated that sanitary protection measures against covid-19 will be maintained for example, a ban on food and drink in movie theaters or the mandatory nature of masks.
The Ministry of Culture stressed that “no decision will be made without a constant assessment, together with the Health Service, of the covid-19 situation and the level of vaccination.” In this sense, the president of the region also spoke, urging to wait for the influence of the beginning of the course and the return of holidays on the epidemiological situation.
“The measurement results will be announced a few weeks after study and work.as the second wave in Madrid and Operation Return last year showed that the concentration of students in classrooms changed the behavior of the virus. We want to see how it all develops in a high-density community like Madrid, ”the same sources said.