Easing of restrictions thanks to drop in infections

Tuesday saw the 1am curfew which had still been in place in 68 towns and cities, removed across the region. The announcement came following the Covid Prevention and Action Interdepartmental meeting on Monday and will be valid until 27 September.

The aim of the regional government was to bring down infection rates before 9th October, a day of special importance to Valencians, to be able to celebrate it within a “new normality”, an objective which has been achieved, “thanks to the public spiritedness and solidarity of the Valencians,” said the region’s president Ximo Puig, at the start of Monday’s press conference. He explained: “The region has gone from being in alert level 4 to level 2. The number of hospital admissions has halved, and we have the third lowest infection rate in Spain. We have 3.6 million people who are fully vaccinated, a million more than a month ago. This positive development means we can reopen the Valencian region towards an improved normality, but with caution.”

Changes to restrictions from Monday night:

* Curfew. End of the 1am curfew across the region.

* Capacity at events: maximum of 1,500 people indoors, 3,000 outdoors.

* Gatherings. No limit on numbers at social gatherings.

* Nightlife. Nightclubs and late-night bars reopen with 50% capacity indoors, the bar is still only for collecting drinks. Last orders at 2.30am, closing at 3am.

*Sports events. Outdoor venue capacity increased to 60% and 40% indoors, to a maximum of 4,000 people.

* Tabacco and alcohol. Current restrictions continue. No smoking in the street, terraces, beaches and other outdoor spaces where at least 2m of distance cannot be maintained. Alcohol not to be sold between 10pm and 7am.

* Facemasks. Obligatory in any indoor or outdoor space where at least 1.5m of distance cannot be maintained, except cohabitants.

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