2020/08/14 14:44:07 Written by Canarian Weekly National

The Central Government has banned smoking in the street, and forces the closure of discos and nightclubs throughout the country. These two measures have been unanimously agreed at the extraordinary meeting of the Interterritorial Council of the Ministry of Health this morning in Madrid.

The Ministry of Health has made an ‘unanimous’ agreement this morning with the autonomous communities to prohibit smoking in public streets or anywhere outdoors (both cigarettes and any other tobacco inhalation device), if you cannot be two metres away from another person.

This is now the same for the whole country, as Galicia and the Canary Islands had already approved, as a preventive measure against COVID-19. But other measures they approved have been overruled on a national level, including the closure of all discotheques, nightclubs, and cocktail bars, with and without live entertainment/performances, has also been set.

This was announced by the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, this morning (Friday), at a press conference after the meeting with the all autonomous communities, within the framework of the Interritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS), to address the evolution of the pandemic of coronavirus.

Likewise, in hotels, restaurants, terraces and beach bars/restaurants there must be 1.5 metres of distance between tables, with a maximum of 10 people per group. This distance will also have to be respected at the bar. The table or group of tables used for the groups must also be in accordance with the number of people to respect the minimum interpersonal distance.

These establishments will all now have a closing time set at 1.00am (01.00 hours) and new customers may not be admitted from 12pm (midnight). Along with these measures, in a complementary way, it has been agreed to strengthen the controls to avoid the consumption of alcohol in public streets, which is now not authorized, and the autonomous communities and municipalities will apply the relevant sanctions.

Business owners who aren’t sure if they are affected by these new regulations, are advised to contact their gestors/legal advisors to find out how, or if it affects them, depending on the classification of their business.

Regarding big events, the Ministry of Health has established that a risk assessment must be carried out by the region, following the document agreed by the Public Health Commission of the Interterritorial Council for these activities.
Thus, and taking this evaluation into account, all events will have to be authorized by the regional government where they are held in order to take place.