While speaking to Spanish national radio this morning, the Valencian Generalitat president Ximo Puig said that his government is already firmly proposing the implementation of curfews to control the uncontrolled transmission of COVID-19. When speaking about a curfew in Valencia, he said the following:
“We are seeing an evolution of the pandemic that causes us great concern. The Valencian Community is one of the few communities with the lowest incidence.”
Despite having low COVID-19 numbers, people are still becoming infected, and the government wants to take proactive measures to stem an upsurge in cases as we move into winter. Currently, nightlife in Valencia is unregulated and is one area the government is looking to target with a nighttime curfew. Belgium was mentioned as an example after the authorities imposed a curfew from midnight to 05:00.
“I have given my opinion to Illa (Salvador Illa is Spain’s Minister of Health). They have an overview, but then the appropriate decision will be made in the Interterritorial Council. The right decision will be taken, but I believe that we have to adopt solutions like this.”
We have already heard talk that a nighttime curfew may be coming, and while Belgium is happy to start its curfew at midnight, Spain may look to begin it’s at 22:00.