Half-gas cinemas due to restrictions and uncertainty of releases

Restrictions on the health situation and uncertainty regarding the arrival of releases on the billboard in the coming weeks is causing many cinemas to decide to turn off the projector temporarily, either completely or for some days of the week.

In the first case, the Albèniz Plaça de Girona has announced that it will close from today until another notice, or the Odeón Multicines of the Espai Gironès, which also suffers the repercussions of the closure of the imposed Salta shopping center by the Procicat.

As for those who have opted for a partial closure, there is the Ocine chain, the company in the sector with the most rooms in the Girona region. From this week, the Platja d’Aro multiplex is only open from Friday to Sunday and is closed from Monday to Thursday, while the Ocine in Blanes and Girona have screenings planned all week, but in fewer rooms than usual. . The Cat Cinemes in Figueres have also announced that they will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Girona cinemas are not the only ones. The Cinesa group, leader in the exhibition sector throughout Spain, has also announced that during January it will partially close its five rooms throughout Catalonia, towards Girona.


Italy to extend restrictions when Christmas ends

After establishing harsh restrictions during Christmas, including the maintenance of the curfew at 10 pm and the closure of bars and restaurants, which can only sell takeout, the Italian Government is considering continuing with these and other measures when the holidays are over to try to avoid a spike in coronavirus infections. Among the sectors sacrificed will be education again, as various regions announced this Monday that they are delaying the reopening of face-to-face classes in secondary schools, initially scheduled for this Thursday, January 7. Territories like Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia postpone it until at least February.

Health authorities They fear that in the coming days there will be an increase in the number of infected people due to the increased sociability during Christmas celebrations. Despite the fact that throughout this period only two people with whom one does not live are allowed to invite to one’s own home, Pierpaolo Sileri, Deputy Minister of Health, acknowledged that there had been “a greater risk of exposure.” That is why the Government plans to approve a new decree with subsequent measures to minimize the risk of a third wave of the pandemic.

Among the restrictions that are being considered, according to the local media, is the maintenance of the prohibition on mobility in the regions and the invitation of more than two people to their own home. Bars and restaurants would have to remain closed, although they may be allowed to open only on weekends. These measures will be in effect at least until January 15. The Executive also plans to tighten the conditions required for the regions to go from the red level (which means almost total closure), to orange and yellow.

Italy registered 348 deaths from coronavirus on Monday and 10,800 new cases, detected with almost 78,000 tests, a relatively low number. The percentage of positives was 13.8%. “At this moment we are verifying the results of the shopping days prior to Christmas,” said Agostino Miozzo, coordinator of the Technical-Scientific Committee that advises the Government, referring to the agglomerations that occurred in the commercial areas of the cities some time ago. two weeks. Miozzo hoped that the “painful” restrictions on the Christmas period would lead to a fall in the epidemiological curve.

Italy is expected to receive a second shipment on Tuesday with 470,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer Biontech, although there is a serious delay in the supply of the first vials. The country has inoculated the serum to 122,000 people so far, using only 25% of the vials received. The very slow rate of vaccination in some regions, with flagrant cases such as Lombardy (less than 4%) or Sardinia, where the campaign has not even started, has provoked criticism from the central government to the regions, which have transferred health responsibilities .


Córdoba will not restrict night traffic – Viva la radio

“We are going to continue with the work system with which we came up to today: productive and industrial activity is open 24 hours a day, shops in season can operate until 11 p.m. and bars and restaurants continue until 1 a.m. and from 6 a.m.“he said in a conference at the Civic Center.

Laura López, COE area coordinator, clarified to Chain 3 that the municipalities may maintain the opening and closing hours of bars and restaurants for the time being, in relation to the sites where they had been operating until 3 o’clock -with entry until 1 o’clock.

The provincial president declared that the expert committee assured him that the increase in cases in recent weeks is due to a regrowth, and not a second wave of coronavirus infections.

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“I ask the workers of the productive activity, shops and bars to continue applying the protocols. And I also tell young people to take care of themselves because there may be consequences for their adult loved ones,” he added.

In this sense, Juan Schiaretti stressed that if “Córdoba continues to act jointly, with seriousness and organization, between the public and private sectors”, there will be no risks in the epidemiological situation.

However, he announced an increase in tests, arguing that 221 thousand people requested permission to enter the province during the 2021 summer season.

In addition, they will add 495 critical Covid-19 beds for provincial and municipal public hospitals, increasing the units from 2,398 to 2,893. The investment of both measures will be around 450 million pesos.

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Schiaretti first stressed that “today there are firm hopes of ending the pandemic because it is already being vaccinated” and then congratulated “the provincial health teams, the Argentine Army and all the volunteers who participated in the application of the first batch of vaccines that arrived in Córdoba “.

In this sense, he confirmed that the second round of vaccine application began this Thursday and remarked: “We have to act together to achieve the goal.”

In this regard, he affirmed that the peak of the first wave of the pandemic occurred in the province in October last year “without a crisis in critical beds.”

While the Minister of Health of Córdoba, Diego Cardozo, informed that they plan to carry out 15 thousand tests per day and that the results are reported in 24 hours.

In this way, Schiaretti became the first governor to stand out from the new measure that the national government will implement as of this Friday, while there is also resistance in the City of Buenos Aires and Mendoza.

In this context, the Casa Rosada is considering the possibility that the decree allows each governor to regulate the hours of the restriction for night traffic, depending on the epidemiological situation of each district.

Cordoba city

The Municipality of Córdoba reported this Thursday that it accompanies the measures adopted by the Province, therefore, there will be no changes in the hours of bars and restaurants nor will they apply new restrictions in the area of ​​the Cordovan capital.

Thus, industrial production activity, shops, bars and restaurants continue with the same opening and closing hours.

Guillermo Panero Report.


Restrictions before sales despair comeros: It remains to pray

The new restrictions they have been loaded with “the last hope” of the trades. After an “irregular and decaffeinated” Christmas campaign, the stores approached the sales with a certain optimism.

«It was the last chance to make sales or take stock before facing a few months that were already expected to be tough.», Explains the president of the Barcelona Comerç Foundation, Salva Vendrell. Now, trade associations they warn that the new restrictions could “lead” to the final closure up to 30% of the Catalan commercial fabric. “It remains to pray,” laments the president of PIMEComerç, Alex Goñi. The organizations claim to stop being “criminalized” and demand direct aid proportional to the magnitude of the crisis.

Monday, the Procicat approved the municipal confinement for ten days. It also decreed the closure of non-essential trade on weekends and the cessation of activity of shopping centers and shops of more than 400 square meters. The new restrictions, in force from today, will coincide fully with the sales campaign.

After a “sad and complicated” Christmas campaign, sales were “the last hope” for many traders.

Uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the closure of shopping malls and catering for about a month and a half and time and capacity restrictions have led to a year-on-year decline in turnover between November and December.

Specifically, shops affiliated to Comertia recorded a drop in revenue of 19.4% in December, without taking into account basic food. Sales scheduled for January were not to serve to “save” the campaign Christmas, but to help companies hold on for the next few months. “The sales campaign did not correct much of the losses incurred since March, but it was an element of subsistence,” says the president of Barcelona Oberta, Gabriel Jené.

Ara, in the face of restrictions announced by the Government, traders expect a decrease in turnover of 18% in the midst of sales. “It’s a total disaster,” sums up the president of PIMEComerç. “We will have to see if customers wait until the third week of sales to make the purchase or if they will be more lost purchases,” adds the president of the Fundació Barcelona Comerç.

Vendrell expects to recover some of the sales from the sales once the restrictions are over and ensures that there are a large number of customers waiting for this time to be able to spend. However, he states that it does not make “much sense” to extend the term of the sales to compensate for the closure of these ten days. “Real sales are made in the first two weeks. Then there is a more residual part of the purchase, ”he says.

The president of the Fundació Barcelona Comerç assures that trade associations will work to promote physical sales from Monday to Friday and will do “everything possible” for consumers to travel to stores during this period. Part of the campaign will also need to be done online and networks will need to be empowered to attract new customers.

«The new restrictions only create mistrust and stigmatize trade again. They can make many businessmen throw in the towel so that they see that this is not the beginning of the end as we were told “, laments Vendrell. The Christmas campaign – between Black Friday and two weeks after the end of sales – generally accounts for between 30% and 35% of total sales.


Andorra’s ski resorts are open only to their residents and with restrictions

Andorra timidly opened its ski resorts yesterday, only for the residents of this principality located in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, with reduced capacity and many uncertainties about the rest of the season. The Andorran government had signaled on Thursday about a possible return to the slopes of the French and Spanish neighbors as of January 9, depending on the evolution of epidemiological data in their country.

At Pal Arinsal resort, skiers were able to enjoy 43% of the slopes yesterday, after presenting an identity document proving that they were indeed Andorran or residents. The mask is mandatory on mechanical lifts, limited to 50% or two thirds of their normal capacity, and a distance of 1.5 meters had to be respected between each person in line, an AFP journalist found.

To encourage skiers, the resorts have declared the slopes free this weekend. “We are only asking to end the season. But it will be a year that will impact, very complicated, “said the director of the Grandvalira station, Juan Ramón Moreno.

Josep Marticella, director of Vallnord-Pal Arinsal, explained that the late opening of the ski resorts this winter has already meant a loss of seven million euros (almost 8.5 million dollars).


Clubs are outraged by the restrictions and fear for their viability

The new restrictions announced yesterday by the Generalitat to curb the increase in coronavirus infections were received with indignation by most clubs, who already consider the season lost and who are beginning to doubt, in some cases, its viability. From Thursday the Procicat it will only allow the practice of outdoor sports, with the exception of professional and semi-professional teams that play tournaments in Spain or internationally. In practice this means that pavilions and gyms are closed, and that with the daily municipal confinement it will not be possible to move either for those who play with a team that is not from their own population.

“The lack of respect for sport is maximum, they are condemning the clubs to misery”, said yesterday, in a personal capacity, the sports director of Spar Girona, Pere Puig. Discourse is usually common in most entities. There is a lack of coherence when making decisions and no one explains why you can go to the cinema, the theater or the circus, to Fontajau, and instead a child cannot do sports in a pavilion. “We are outraged. Where are the reports where it is said that there have been outbreaks and infections in sport? ”He wondered Joan Ferrer, from Bisbal Bàsquet.

The tightening of the measures means stopping training sessions, or rescheduling them now in open spaces, with the consequent headache for the entities and their coaches and coaches, largely amateurs. Ramon Benito, coordinator of the Girona CH base, emphasized that “sport is an educational tool and this season is completely lost”. The president of Bordils, Quim Pou, highlighted the “contradiction” that certain competitions and training sessions are allowed, and that, instead, the basic ones are suspended. The Sarrià board was also outraged and stressed that the measures could “shake” the viability of many entities.

In the face of this new blow to the world of sport, a platform has begun to emerge from Girona which, under the name of Enough is Enough, wants to be a protest movement that fights to be able to recover the activity of the sector. “We want to do sports, we follow all the protocols, but it’s enough to pay for the broken plates,” you can read on his twitter. Catalan grassroots and territorial competitions have been suspended since mid-October and there is no return date.


The new restrictions do not slow down the electoral process at Barça (Martí Molina)

The electoral process at Barça does not stop despite the new restrictions imposed by the Catalan government to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The club continues to work on all the electoral machinery, and at the headquarters of the various pre-candidates the pace is accelerating to receive, during this week, the signatures needed to pass the cut and become full-fledged candidates. As long as the Procicat does not say otherwise, the planned timetable will be maintained: the new Barça president will be elected on 24 January.

The possibility of a postponement of elections has been speculated for days. However, as happened with the vote of censure, it all ends up depending on what the Procicat decides. Right now the situation is complicated but not critical, and around the government there is hope that with the new restrictions, announced this Monday, day D will be reached with the pandemic sufficiently stabilized to allow voting. Otherwise, you will have to wait a few more weeks.

Fear so that the elderly will not vote

The club established a protocol to decentralize voting and assigned each member, depending on their residence, a point to go to vote (in Catalonia it can be done in Barcelona, ​​Girona, Lleida, Tarragona and Tortosa). However, municipal confinement prevents members who are not from any of these localities from being able to travel to vote, a fact that could be resolved with relative ease by adding an exception to the rule. Although, among the aspirants, the most worrying thing is that the pandemic will cause many people, especially the elderly, to stay at home and not go to the polls. According to the census, of the 110,000 voting members, 40% live in the city of Barcelona, ​​while 52% do so in the rest of Catalonia – an important part of which is in the metropolitan area. Finally, the remaining 8% live outside Catalonia.

Barça will do what the Procicat tells them, and the Procicat will listen carefully to what they tell them both from the Generalitat and from the Department of Health. The Government’s message is to preserve the right to vote, but this will ultimately depend on the evolution of the pandemic. Next week, on Wednesday 14th, a new working meeting is planned between Barça and Procicat, in which the situation will be analyzed and, if necessary, new measures will be taken, which would basically consist of refining the voting protocol.

“We work thinking that the elections will be on the 24th, but it is essential to ensure that many people can vote, because they are the most important elections in the history of the club. Unfortunately, we do not control the pandemic and we do not know what will happen “, said Víctor Font, one of the nine who are running for president. There is doubt in all the campaign teams, but in general the thesis is imposed that it will end up going to the polls. “The Generalitat wants to preserve the right to vote. We should go back to data like those of April to prevent the vote “, they agree in commenting from two more candidacies.

More hurdles to collecting signatures

The government’s announcement to tighten restrictions came just at the start of a key week for the election, as pre-candidates are running out of days to collect signatures. For the most part, especially those who have it fairer to pass the cut, the measures have taken them with the changed pace. “If we can’t open the headquarters on the weekend, we can go home,” says one of the candidates. “The collection of signatures has already been resented, compared to other elections. Older people have a lot of reservations about going out. If mobility problems are added, everything becomes more impossible “, add those who already have some experience elections.

Knowing the number of signatures of each pre-candidate is complicated. It is one of the best kept secrets, which is not revealed until the last day, when they are delivered to the Camp Nou offices. Out of doors it sells optimism and confidence, but in inner circles they recognize that there are many more problems than expected. Even favorites to go through with a lot of solvency can end up crossing the barrier by their hair. Apart from the collection at the headquarters, the success of the company means that the volunteers who are spread throughout the territory comply with the forecasts and get the guarantees to which they had committed. This, however, will not be known until later this week. It is also unknown how many signatures will come from the supporters clubs, where almost all of them can be signed by more than one candidate.

Joan Laporta asked for the most tickets in the bucket, 60,000, followed by Víctor Font and Agustí Benedito (35,000). Behind, Jordi Farré (30,000), Toni Freixa and Emili Rousaud (25,000) and Xavi Vilajoana (20,000). Finally there is Lluis Ferández Alá (15,000), while Pere Riera did not provide this information. In total they need 2,257 valid endorsements to pass the cut.


Welcome everyone to the 2 countries with the lowest travel restrictions in the world: Mexico and Afghanistan

A form is filled out, and that’s it. You are welcome to Mexico. It is not known how an infected person can be detected by Mexican authorities. There is simply the form, which is filled, it is assumed, with good will.

Mexico City, January 3 (However) .– According to The International Air Transport Association (IATA) or International Air Transport Association, Mexico and Afghanistan are the countries with the least restrictions to travel in the COVID-19 world. This is how it looks on the map of air regulations, updated today, Sunday. For enter the country, says IATA, you only need to fill out a slight form identified as “Questionnaire for Identification of Risk Factors in Travelers”. It has three logos: that of the Ministry of Health, that of Foreign Relations and that of the association.

The questions that are asked are:

1. What countries or cities have you visited in the last 14 days?
2. Have you been in contact with a confirmed case of the new Coronavirus?
3. Indicate the date you were in contact with case 3.
4.Do you have any of the following symptoms?
Temperature of 38ºC or more
Frequent coughing and / or sneezing
You suffer from discomfort: headaches or any other acute health problem

Respiratory difficulty Fill out the form, and you’re done. You are welcome to Mexico. It is not known how an infected person can be detected by Mexican authorities. There is simply the form, which is filled, it is assumed, with good will.

Form to enter Mexico.

Today the journalist Oscar López signs a text in The New York Times which explains the result of this policy, considered by many as excessively lax: “Fleeing the confinement, Americans are flocking to Mexico City,” says the head of the report on the front page of the US newspaper. Then he adds in a summary: “Hospitals are at full capacity and coronavirus cases are increasing, but many foreigners, especially Americans, go to the Mexican capital, some with the intention of staying for a while.”

“But, although it may be a relief for many foreigners to come to this country, particularly for those fleeing the colder climate, some Mexicans consider that the measure is irresponsible in the middle of a pandemic, especially when the virus overwhelms the City. of Mexico and its hospitals. Others say the problem lies with Mexican authorities, who waited too long to enact strict lockdown measures, making places like Mexico City attractive to foreigners.

In November, add the Times, more than half a million Americans came to Mexico; Of these, almost 50 thousand arrived at the Mexico City airport, according to official figures, less than half of the American visitors who arrived in November last year, but an increase from the 4 thousand who arrived in April, when they closed great part of Mexico. Since then, the numbers have increased steadily: between June and August, American visitors more than doubled. “

According to The International Air Transport Association (IATA) or International Air Transport Association, Mexico and Afghanistan are the countries with the least restrictions to travel in the world COVID-19.

Most of the other American visitors to Mexico flew to beach resorts like Los Cabos and Cancun. “It is not clear how many are tourists and how many are relocating, at least temporarily,” explains Oscar López. “Some may be Mexicans who also have US passports and are visiting relatives. But walking the streets of the trendiest neighborhoods of Mexico City these days, it can sometimes seem like English has become the official language. “

“The increase, however, occurs when Mexico City enters a critical phase of the pandemic. Hospitals are so busy that many patients stay home while their families struggle to buy oxygen. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Americans to avoid all travel to Mexico. The capital’s health system “is basically overwhelmed,” Xavier Tello told the newspaper through a WhatsApp message. ‘The worst is yet to come'”.

In mid-December, authorities raised Mexico City’s alert system to the highest level, red, which requires the immediate closure of all but essential businesses. “But the closure came weeks after the figures became critical, even according to the Government’s own figures, leaving stores crowded with Christmas shoppers and restaurants full of diners,” adds the text in The New York Times.

“With its tree-lined streets and quaint cafes, Mexico City’s upscale neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa have drawn expats escaping sky-high rents in New York or Los Angeles for years. But with a growing number of young people now working from home, the so-called axis of cool has become even more attractive, even as Mexico City residents face a public health crisis. As in much of the world, the wealthiest tend to be the least affected. In the Roma Norte neighborhood, the contrast has been clear: recently, on one corner, working-class Mexicans lined up to buy oxygen tanks for their relatives, while a few blocks away, wealthy young people lined up to buy croissants ” , narrates Oscar López for NOW.

Mexico City is not the only Mexican destination that is experiencing an increase in foreign visitors, particularly Americans, who, with the pandemic in the United States, are prohibited from traveling to many countries, he says. “While some Latin American nations have at times closed their borders completely, Mexico has imposed few restrictions: Mexico was the third most visited country in 2020, compared to the seventh last year, according to the Mexican government, which cites preliminary statistics from the Organization. World Tourism ”.

“Much of these trips have focused on popular resorts in the country, where coronavirus restrictions can be even more relaxed. Los Cabos had nearly 100,000 Americans arriving in November, while Cancun had 236,000 American visitors, just 18 percent fewer than in 2019. The nearby resort town of Tulum made headlines for hosting an arts and music festival in November that saw hundreds of revelers dancing without a mask inside. underground caves ”, he adds.


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40% of the self-employed would close if new restrictions were passed

Four out of ten self-employed Catalans say they should close the business permanently if new restrictions are approved to curb the expansion of the covid-19. According to a report submitted yesterday by Pimec, only 15% of self-employed workers could withstand a third wave without problems, while the rest acknowledge that they would have great difficulty continuing to work. Specifically, 40.9% acknowledge that it should close, while 44.1% say it could continue, but “not too well”. According to the manager of the institutional area of ​​the employer, Àngel Hermosilla, the sectors most affected are still the hospitality and catering, although others such as construction are beginning to have more problems.

On the other hand, Hermosilla mentioned the situation of sectors such as children’s leisure and fairgrounds, which he considers to be “invisible”. “They have a significant impact on employment, but they have gone unnoticed because some have been closed since March; […] their situation is of total concern, because they are subject to strong restrictions and the aid that arrives is very low “, commented Hermosilla.

According to the report presented yesterday by Pimec, the level of activity continues to be low in small and medium-sized companies in Catalonia. Among the respondents, only 34.5% admit to having 50% or more activity compared to the months prior to the state of alarm. On the other hand, 18.3% say that their activity is zero.

Although the perception of the general economic situation has improved, according to the latest Pimec survey, Catalan companies valued the economic situation with a score of 1.8 points out of 5, a figure not far from the score of 1.62 granted in March. Widespread pessimism is closely linked to the evolution of sales during the year 2020. According to the study of Pimec, no company has managed to increase its activity by over 25%, while only 4.3% has registered an increase in income. On the other hand, 6.5% have maintained the same level of activity, while 89.3% have suffered a decline in activity.

Of these, almost half have reduced their turnover by 50% or more compared to last year.

Looking ahead to 2021, 86.4% of companies expect to experience financial problems, especially during the first half of 2021.