The application of closures in the municipalities causes a political storm

New mess with the criteria that determine the level of restrictions of each council. Wednesday the Principality extended by two weeks the extreme risk situation (alert level 4+) of Oviedo; its resolution justifies it by presenting a cumulative incidence in the last 14 days above 325 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants. The council explained to the local government team that it would wait a week to evaluate again whether it was possible to revoke a level of alert that entails perimeter closure and hotel activity only on the terrace. On Thursday, Health reported that in order to leave 4+ behind, the large councils must carry below that threshold “seven consecutive days, and with a downward trend.”

The counseling ensures that all he did was “clarify” the parameters. Its specialists recognize that the thresholds to leave the 4+ situation behind have been polishing. Thursday’s statement is the first to speak of the seven consecutive days, something that the resolutions raised yesterday to Official Gazette of the Principality to determine who comes out and who comes in they started playing as a primary key.

The scale has thus changed in a context in which Syesterday salt of 4+ Y Oviedo in the best of cases, he will have to wait until Monday to see if he reaches that week below the 325 limit, which has unleashed unrest in the City Council. “Nobody has told us that you have to serve seven consecutive days. Changing the rules in the middle of the game is not coherent or serious, “he recriminated. Mario Arias, Councilor for the Interior. “I was in a meeting on Monday and in no case were we told about these new criteria,” he looked ugly, while asking to lift the perimeter closure “immediately.”

The reply was given by Vice President of the Principality, Juan Cofiño. He acknowledged that Salud had “issued a new instruction that objectifies and parameterizes how to get out,” but denied that this generated grievances. I’m tired of the fence Oviedo, of this song. With Oviedo incarnated in the figure of the mayor, we maintain the best institutional and personal relationships, and this is echoed from time to time, “he said. “Part of the government we have grown up in this city, we have a very special affection and I don’t know where this recurrent siege of Oviedo comes from, which has no foundation or support,” he added.

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As they insisted from the Principality, Oviedo “will leave the risk level 4+ when it meets the conditions known and set by the Ministry of Health, as has happened in the cases of Siero, Mieres and other councils. To date, Oviedo does not meet those requirements, nor do they meet them Gijón or Avilés».

The explanations came with the fire already declared. José Luis Álvarez Almeida, president of the hotel management association (Otea), considered that “if in Oviedo the criterion that they had been using had been applied, with the report of the 15th it meets the parameters to be open.” In his understanding Siero «had a closing resolution and now will have an opening resolution because they have had a positive index for two days; if this can be done for some also for others ». His protest is not made “for Oviedo but for all municipalities.”

“There should be fairness”

Arias, from the PP, insisted that in the meeting on Monday “we were told that both in Oviedo and Siero the measures were going to be extended for the next 14 days and that a review would be made at 7. We have taken the surprise that this sharp review that they expressed to the mayor of another municipality has already been carried out.

Nacho Cuesta, first deputy mayor, valued that “there should be total clarity, transparency and fairness in the application of criteria. The government of the Principality cannot generate confusion or suspicions when imposing restrictive measures on some municipalities and another. The Councilor for Citizens requested “clarity and that the same criteria be applied in all cities.”

Vox accused the Principality of moving “arbitrarily with respect to Oviedo, causing terrible damage to our hospitality and commerce.” Her spokesperson, Cristina Coto, claimedthe mayor, Alfredo Canteli, to stand up “because it does not seem that his long-held friendship with the regional president, Adrián Barbón, is reporting no benefit to the capital. ‘

The fight had its replies, with the spokesman for the socialist municipal group, Ricardo Fernández, charging against the PP and Ciudadanos for an attitude “absolutely shameful by placing partisanship and the interests of their friendly lobbies ahead of human lives.”

The parties demand transparency

The introduction by the Principality of new health standards that implied at the last moment to extend the restrictions in OviedoAs Siero left the level of extreme risk behind, it sparked criticism not only in the capital but also from various opposition political parties. While the PSOE spokesperson on the Board, Dolores Carcedo, stresses that the restrictive measures applied so far to deal with the covid “are giving results”, and recalls that these are “decisions that are adopted with objective indicators and technical criteria, taking into account the general situation and characteristics from each council “, the bulk of the opposition demands more” clarity “and” transparency “when adopting restrictions.

PP is particularly hard. His deputy spokesman, Pablo González, believes that Barbón continues to “hit the ground running” with regard to measures to reduce infections and adopting decisions “that only consist of limiting our basic rights.” “What does not seem to matter to Adrián Barbón is that this continuous trial and error generates enormous uncertainty, aggravates the already precarious situation of many businesses and ruins entire families that need economic activity to live,” he declares, while points out that more and more Asturians are turning to the courts “to protect themselves from a government that does not listen, does not listen and does not respect.”

From Ciudadanos they demand “clear criteria” to end the scenarios of “confusion among citizens, who interpret these measures as unequal treatment.” The group’s spokeswoman, Susana Fernández, assumes that “the priority is health”, but “there can be no disparity in criteria, much less between neighboring councils, especially when it was the Government of the Principality itself that created the traffic light alert map that it indicated what measures were applied in each case.

Podemos shows a more understanding attitude with the decision of the regional government, although it calls for reflection on the effectiveness of perimeter closures in the most populated councils, “in which transmission control is more difficult” because they bear a greater burden of justified entries and exits. For the spokeswoman for Podemos Covadonga I took the error of the Principality, however, it is to have adopted this type of measure supported by the opinion of the experts “late, when the level of transmission is so high that it is more difficult to retain it.” Hence, the purple training expects that, in the next few waves, “it will act more agile in making these decisions so that efficiency is sufficient.”

IU defends the need to “scrupulously follow medical criteria” and demands “monitoring of the restrictive measures that are imposed. People are already tired, especially the great majority, which is the one that strictly complies with the limitations imposed by the public powers. The regional coordinator, Ovidio Zapico, therefore calls for a “follow-up by all the administrations involved, city councils, of course, but also the Principality and Government Delegation to ensure compliance and put a brake on that minority that, in a systematic and repeated, it fails.

The secretary general and spokesman for Foro, Adrián Pumares, demands that the Asturian government “all decisions be accompanied from the first moment with full transparency and justification, because otherwise neither the local governments nor the citizens understand the measures.” It also adds that “when the measures affect fundamental rights, it is necessary to be very transparent and be convinced that these will have a direct effect on reducing infections.” For Vox, “the change of criteria on the perimeter closures is another of many of the regional Administration, that of the President of the Principality, Adrián Barbón, who is blindsided.” “Asturians no longer know what to expect, fundamental rights are violated with the restrictions imposed and legal insecurity,” denounces their parliamentary spokesman, Ignacio Blanco.

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