The new normal in the hospitality industry had almost been reached, but the spike in infections has forced us to put the brakes on. In this context, the Xunta and the hospitality sector have agreed on a new measure this Monday: the requirement to present the certificate of vaccination against Covid in order to access the restaurant premises. It would be mandatory to enter the restaurant at any time of day, while in the bars and cafes it would only be claimed after nine at night. The measure, however, must now be endorsed by the Superior Court of Xustiza de Galicia (TSXG).
It was the most outstanding agreement reached on Monday night by the regional government –represented at the meeting by the first vice president and by the councilor for Healthcare– with representatives of the sector.
The Covid certificate, which is already in place for nightlife venues, sand would thus extend to the entire restaurant sector. Everything will depend, however, on what the TSXG ends up deciding, which in summer had already overturned this measure, a ruling that was later corrected by the Supreme Court. In addition to nightlife, the Covid certificate is also required in hostels and, from this weekend, in visitor hospitals.
In this Monday’s meeting, Xunta and hoteliers have also agreed reducing tables indoors, of ten or eight diners, while the exteriors will go from 20 to 15, at most. There will be no changes in capacity and schedules.
All these measures are taken because the escalation of the Covid does not stop. Galicia began the week detecting 270 new infections. According to the data updated this Monday by Sergas, 2,696 people with active disease –In the global calculation between registrations and registrations, 189 more than the previous day. They also amount to 76 patients hospitalized for Covid. Of these, 14 are in intensive care units (ICU) and 62 on the ward. For its part, the positivity rate increased to 7.94 percent.
The Covid, on the rise
The evolution of the coronavirus, however, differs in terms of geographic impact. By health areas, hospital pressure increases slightly in the areas of La Coruña-Cee, Orense and Ferrol, while it eases in that of Vigo. In those of Santiago-Barbanza, Lugo and Pontevedra-O Salnés they remain unchanged.
Thus, in La Coruña and Cee, four Covid patients are kept in the ICU and those admitted to other units increase to 18 -two more-, while in Orense there is still one in critical care and the number of other units rises to twelve – one more-. In the Ferrol area, three Covid patients continue in the ICU and those from other units increase to nine – one more. On the other hand, in Vigo there are still three critics and those hospitalized in other units drop to 12 –one less–. In the other three health areas there are no changes in those admitted.