Mobility between the city of Barcelona, the northern and southern metropolitan regions will continue to be prohibited for at least one more week despite the passage to phase 1 of the entire territory, this Monday. The Government is studying with the city of Barcelona and other metropolitan cities to lift restrictions on movement between the three areas between the three metropolitan regions of the urban conglomerate, but as announced, for the moment it will not propose to the Ministry of Health to relax the prohibitions, although it does plan to do it next week.
As explained by the consellera spokesman, Meritxell Budó, the Government prefers to bet on prudence in this phase of confinement and maintain restrictions on mobility in order to isolate specific areas if outbreaks occur. “A bad lack of confidence could lead to a regrowth,” he assured. For this reason, the Catalan Executive is committed to keeping separate areas that sometimes separate one sidewalk from the street from the opposite and that, in daily practice, citizens regularly cross to go to work.
The ‘counselor’ of Salut, Alba Vergés, has indicated at a press conference that the Government has maintained contacts with local authorities to advance the relaxation of restrictions on mobility between health regions, something that the Ministry did not contemplate until phase 3 However, as Catalonia opted to convert the metropolitan region into three different zones, the Government considers, as many municipalities demand, that permission to circulate between these three health zones could be advanced at the start of phase 2 or, even , One week before.
As the Government has indicated, these permits in any case will be adapted to the epidemiological situation of the Barcelona metropolitan area, the area that concentrates most of the Catalan population. Vergés has assured that the evolution of the epidemic is “very good”, which is why they consider that they could propose to the Ministry “a different mobility”, in reference to allowing transit between the three areas.
This same Saturday, thirty mayors of the PSC from municipalities located in the Barcelona metropolitan area have sent a letter to Quim Torra, asking that mobility between their municipalities be facilitated starting next Monday, when the Catalan capital and its conurbation they will enter phase 1 of the de-escalation. According to the municipal councilors, restrictions on movement can cause problems and it is difficult to control because the borders of the sanitary regions are continuous in urban areas. The mayors also regret that their citizens cannot go to the city of Barcelona, the nerve center of the region, and cite Madrid and its province as an example, which allow them to move “without any problem” throughout its territory.
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