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The Government of the touristy region of Murcia, Spain, has decided to take a new approach after a COVID-19 outbreak among young people was reported.
Murcia has announced people who don’t share the same household are not allowed to sleep together anymore.
The health minister in the region, Juan Jose Pedreño, explained the new measure is both to stop illegal parties and social gatherings at “untimely hours”.
Murcia will see the new curfew take place from July 28.
Any form of meeting or social gathering will be banned between 2 am and 6 am.
“These untimely hours are the main source of Covid infection among young people,” Murcia’s health minister explained.
Murcia has seen a rise of 30 percent in COVID-19 cases this last week.
The incidence rate over a seven day period is now at 237.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and the 14-day figure is at the new high of 424.
The most affected are unvaccinated people between the ages of 15 and 29.
Over 1,400 new cases were reported within this group last week alone.
The new restrictions in Murcia include:
People from different households are not allowed to spend the night together
Alcohol can’t be sold after 10 pm
Groups are limited to a maximum of 10 people
Locals have taken to social media to comment on the new rules.
“The new restrictions in Murcia are just ridiculous,” said a resident.
“I don’t understand Murcia’s Government. First, they allow concerts and festivals to now announce new restrictions,” said another one.
After the latest rise in COVID-19 cases, Spain is at high risk of being moved to the UK’s “amber plus” list.
At the moment, are on the amber list, meaning full-vaccinated Britons don’t have to self-isolate on return.
However, if moved to “amber-plus”, UK tourists will have to self-isolate for 10 even days, even if they have been fully vaccinated.
Due to concerns over the Beta variant, Spain and Greece could move to “amber plus” before the next travel review.
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