World Wind of freedom in Spain with the partial lifting of the restrictions

20:20  09 may  2021
20:20  09 may  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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U n Wide of freedom got up Sunday with the end of the state of emergency sanitary in Spain , where the inhabitants could finally get out of their area or gather in the street at night.

In several cities of the country, cries, applause and music have marked at 00:00 the end of this exceptional regime imposed since October and lifting it in most curfews. Images of gatherings without social distancing that have generated controversy.

"It looks like the New Year," said Oriol Corbella, 28, released in the streets of Barcelona (Northeast) as hundreds of young people. "We find a little normality, freedom, but we must keep in mind that the virus is still present," he added.

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In Madrid, the municipal police realized "more than 450 operations" on Saturday to Sunday's night for non-compliance with sanitary measures, deplored the mayor of the capital José Luis Almeida.

In addition to the party, the time was also at the reunion for many Spaniards, which had not been able to see their loved ones for months.

In the capital, Laura had tears in the eyes at Atocha station while waiting for the members of his family from Castilla-La-Manche (Center). "It's been eight months since we've seen them, it's a lot of emotion," said 45-year-old woman.

Apart from Christmas where the restrictions had been relaxed for a few days, the Spaniards have not been able to leave their region since the beginning of the emergency state at the end of October.

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Legal Puzzle

Wide Freedom for Spaniards, the emergency lifting is, however, a real puzzle for regions, competent in the management of the health crisis.

Because, thanks to the state of emergency, they had been able to impose fire covers since October and block the entry or exit of their territory without the need for the authorization of justice.

if it is synonymous with curfew and opening the regions, the end of the state of emergency does not, however, mean the end of the restrictions in one of the most affected countries in Europe by the Pandemic with nearly 79,000 dead and 3.5 million cases.

The 17 autonomous communities can, for example, always limit the schedules or capacity of the bars, restaurants or shops.

They may also request the restoration of a curfew or the looping of their territory but now need the approval of a court.

And that's where the puzzle begins.

If the balearic tourist archipelago has for example got the green light to maintain a curfew, the Basque Country (North) has seen its request rejected by justice.

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At the beginning of autumn, when the exceptional regime was not yet in place, courts had invalidated anti-Covid measures taken by regions, creating confusion and bringing the Government of the Socialist Pedro Sanchez to decre. 'emergency state.

Several regions had put pressure in recent weeks on the executive so that it prolongs the state of emergency but it refused, arguing that it could not indefinite an exceptional regime.

It highlighted the improvement of the health situation and the progress of the vaccination program.

controversial and warning

The images of improvised streets have been fully commented in the media and on social networks, and strongly criticized by the right opposition.

"We move from the state of emergency to chaos," broke the leader of the People's Party (right), Pablo Casado.

While the weather is mild, the authorities warned the population, tired by more than a year of restrictions, against the risk of excessive relaxation.

We must avoid having "a false perception (...) This does not mean the end of the control measures" of the epidemic, emphasized the ePidemiologist in Chief of the Ministry of Health , Fernando Simon.

"People must understand that they must continue to apply the measures that depend on each of us," he added because "nothing can be excluded from the evolution of the pandemic".

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