Mallorca begins its particular and contained de-escalation the same weekend that celebrates the local bank holiday. The President of the Government, Francina Armengol, has announced the modification of the current measures to contain the expansion of COVID-19, which will be applied for at least the next two weeks. She did so just after meeting with the social agents in the framework of the Social Dialogue Table to address this new de-escalation.
The two most important measures in this slow de-escalation process are the opening of the terraces under restoration until 5:00 p.m. and that social gatherings are no longer limited to just one nucleus of coexistence. They are extended to a maximum of six people from two cores, both indoors and outdoors. You can check all the restrictions and what can be done in Mallorca by clicking on the following image:
The president of PIMEB, Jordi Mora, has supported the Government’s measures, although he has specified that he preferred a faster de-escalation for bars and restaurants and a weekly rather than fortnightly review. “We make a call to maintain the utmost prudence. We have to avoid risky behavior because if there is an increase in infections, the de-escalation will automatically stop and we will close everything again,” adds Mora. At the moment, “the feeling is positive because we are beginning the de-escalation, even if it is slow. We are starting to open, which is the good news. Although in Mallorca, the restaurant sector is not satisfied because it also asked to open the interior of the premises. We hope that in 15 days this will be possible. ” Mora recalls that “we have to take into account that the tourist season is close and we have to maintain a seven-day infection rate always close to 50 or below. This is what we have to worry about.”
For its part, CAEB restauration has announced that the objective of the sector is “that there is not a fourth wave that could harm the economic and tourist recovery of this season”. For this reason, they will be “very aware of the evolution of the health figures in the coming weeks.” The employer gives “a warning to the authorities to intensify the controls of bottles and meetings in houses, which are the places of greatest proven focus of contagion. ” CAEB Restauración urges the authorities “to establish opening rules that already include the whole of the sector in schedules and interiors once April 4 has passed, so that the economic sustainability of companies and their start-up is real.”
Starting point of the de-escalation in Mallorca
As the president of the Government herself explained, this de-escalation is determined by the following premises:
- The new measures are determined “from the sanitary rigor”, now under the condition of the British strain and the need to protect the vaccination process.
- Contagions place the Balearic Islands as the territory with the fewest cases, but the “pandemic continues among all of us,” recalls the president.
- The measures continue to be “rigorous” and aligned with those applied by countries such as Germany, France or the United Kingdom.
- The goal is to restore normalcy during the spring and avoid “the terrible impact” of a fourth wave.
- One of the priorities is to keep the Accumulated Incidence at 7 days below 50 cases per one hundred thousand inhabitants, as it is already in almost all the islands.
As Armengol points out, “we are, therefore, in figures that guarantee our ability to track all infections”. In addition, it warns that “in the coming weeks we will play the rest of the year, we will risk hundreds of lives and we will risk the recovery of our freedoms, our prosperity, our economy and our occupation.” For this reason, the Government ensures that if they data worsen, they will act immediately and modify the measures.
The decrease in cases has been constant since last January, as can be seen in the graph. Mallorca is currently facing its de-escalation with an IA14 of 89.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which, therefore, is almost 30 points above the figures that the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) considers to be risk. The positivity rate for diagnostic tests is 2.08% at 7 days and 2.40% at 14 days.