Galicia Finally Opens Mobility Between All Municipalities For Family Reunions From December 23 To 25

Galician citizens may travel from one town hall to another between 00:00 on December 23 and 23:00 on December 25 regardless of the level of restrictions in each territory as long as it is to meet with their families. This is the main novelty of the “adjustment” of the Christmas plan against the coronavirus of the Xunta de Galicia that this Tuesday communicated the councilor for Health, Julio García Comesaña.

The seven cities will maintain the current mobility limitations, according to which all except Ourense are closed perimeter. But that will not prevent its inhabitants from traveling to other municipalities during that “window” opened by the Galician Government and that for this they do not need any supporting document. The Gabinte de Feijóo insists, however, that “the ideal thing is to celebrate Christmas at home with the people we usually live with” and “not make trips”. The curfew or “night mobility restriction” is extended on Christmas Eve until 1.30 am.

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The dinner, however, may not bring together more than six people belonging to two “family units” at most, which may include a third made up of a person living alone. And although this is what the Official Gazette of Galicia published last week as a Galician adaptation of the general framework agreed by communities and the Ministry of Health, García Comesaña stated that “this year, less is more, fewer meetings, fewer visits, less time, a minimum Christmas ”.

The Xunta assures that Galicia is in “a situation of epidemiological stability”, although “it is not possible to speak in the long term.” The 14-day infections are 177 per 100,000 inhabitants, over the state average of 224. There are 5,603 active cases, 306 people hospitalized in the ward and 51 in intensive care. The Servizo Galego de Saúde reported the death of five people last night, and the total number of deaths during the epidemic in Galicia is already 1,346.

Against this background, Sergas has decreed maximum restrictions in 10 councils, medium high in 8, medium in 32 and basic in the rest. Precisely this Monday, it raised Rianxo (A Coruña) to the highest level and placed Dozón, Vilagarcía de Arousa, Viveiro, Muros and Verín under “special monitoring”. Regarding the seven cities, the general director of Public Health, Carmen Durán, explained that the data have improved A Coruña, Ferrol and Lugo; Vigo, Ourense and Pontevedra remain stable; and Santiago has gotten worse. “We have not clearly identified the reason,” said the councilor in reference to the Galician capital.

Within a week, the clinical committee that advises her will re-analyze the figures and establish new measures for the end of the year.

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