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Spain’s Valencia region to require Covid health pass for daily affairs from Friday

A Valencian court on Monday approved the requirement of the Covid health pass for people to gain access to the inside of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, hospitals and care homes in the region that’s home to the Costa Blanca.

The Valencian Community joins a number of other regions in Spain which have been allowed to implement the Covid health pass recently.
The Valencian Community joins a number of other regions in Spain which have been allowed to implement the Covid health pass recently. Photo: JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN

The High Court of the Valencia region on Monday approved the use of the Covid health certificate or pass for the hospitality industry, nightlife venues, large events, hospitals and care homes. 

The ruling gives the Valencian government the authority to implement and maintain this Covid restriction, as without the country’s state of alarm in place regional authorities can see such measures revoked by judges. 

From Friday December 3rd, people in cities and towns such as Valencia, Alicante and Benidorm who visit a bar, restaurant, café or nightclub which can cater to more than 50 customers will have to show a Covid-19 health pass reflecting their vaccination, testing or recovery status if they want to enter inside. 

People who want to enter a hospital or care home will also have to show their Covid certificate either on paper or in digital format on their mobile phones.

Large events where people will have to show their Covid health pass including celebrations such as weddings or first communions as well as music festivals, indoors and outdoors.

It won’t be required in outdoor terraces, cinemas or theatres.

The measure is expected to remain in place throughout the month of December and the Christmas period.

The Covid-19 health pass or passport, which during the summer period was rejected for breaching fundamental rights, has recently started to be accepted by local judges who consider its implementation is more suitable than other Covid restrictions that affect a now largely vaccinated population.

MAP: Which regions now require a Covid-19 health pass for daily affairs?

Valencia’s High Court ruled that at this stage of the pandemic the use of the Covid Digital Certificate was “balanced”, “would hardly impact economic activity”  and be “more beneficial to the general public and the control over the virus”.

The announcement comes just days after Spanish authorities announced they would no longer allow unvaccinated British tourists to visit the Costa Blanca and Spain in a move to prevent the spread of the new Omicron variant.

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  1. How can I get a covid pass for use in C Valencia? Will the NHS pass be acceptable for cafes and bars, as it is for travel? Thanks

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COVID-19 RULES

Catalonia to give automatic five-day sick leave to people with Covid symptoms

The Catalan Health Ministry has introduced a new way of asking for sick leave from work for those with Covid-19 symptoms. The leave will automatically be given for five days, without the need to present a positive test.

Catalonia to give automatic five-day sick leave to people with Covid symptoms

Catalan Health Service Director Gemma Craywickel, along with the Catalan Public Health Secretary Carmen Cabezas, announced the move during a press conference on Tuesday.

Workers with Covid symptoms can now ask for sick leave from their job through the Meva Salut website, app or via the appointment website here, without the need to present a positive antigen or PCR test. The new service has been available since Tuesday, July 5th.

All that is needed is to log on with a CIP number and password or digital certificate and click on ‘altres servis’ (other services), followed by ‘Programar visites d’atenció primària’, where you usually make an appointment. 

Those who apply will automatically be given sick leave for the next five days, which will be confirmed via text message or e-mail.

If symptoms persist longer than five days, authorities say you should contact your local health centre to ask for the leave to be extended.

The move was introduced in a bid to take the pressure off local health services who attended 105,024 patients in the last week, 16 percent more than during the previous week.

Around 9.07 percent of people who visited hospitals in the region on Monday July 4th -15,817 patients – had symptoms compatible with Covid-19.

In addition, within the last four weeks, Catalan health services have seen 85 percent more patients with acute respiratory illnesses, thought to be a result of Covid-19 infections.

“The measure aims to free up resources for people who really them,” explained Craywinckel.

“It’s a way of simplifying administrative procedures. We already know what the symptoms are, so there is no need for the patient to explain to us face-to-face or over the phone,” she continued.

The number of Covid-19 infections in Catalonia has risen by 15 percent in the last week, with 2,032 hospital admissions, the highest number since mid-February 2022.

There have also been 51 Covid-19 patients admitted to Catalan ICUs in the last week.

Catalan Public Health Secretary Carmen Cabezas called on people to respect the requirement to continue wearing face masks on public transport and said that vulnerable people should keep wearing masks in indoor public spaces too. 

READ MORE: What are the specific mask rules for public transport and travel in Spain?

This is not the first time the Catalan health authorities have introduced an automatic sick leave system for those with Covid-19.

A similar service was introduced earlier this year during the height of the sixth wave, with a seven-day leave period plus the need to present a positive Covid-19 test.

Andalusia also introduced a similar automatic sick leave system for those with Covid-19 and a positive test back in February 2022.

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