Covid, contagions on the rise in Sicily: Palermo and Catania towards the close, the other municipalities at risk

Covid, contagions on the rise in Sicily: Palermo and Catania towards the close, the other municipalities at risk
Covid, contagions on the rise in Sicily: Palermo and Catania towards the close, the other municipalities at risk

After about two months, Sicily has returned to exceed the 800 cases of Coronavirus recorded in a single day. But unlike what happened in mid-September, when the summer wave was slowly emerging, today the contagion curve is growing and also puts the Christmas holidays at risk.

The data that emerge from the weekly monitoring of the control room reassure and, except for sudden surges, the island should keep the yellow zone away throughout the holidays, but to try to stem the spread of the virus and therefore secure the white zone , some municipalities are studying countermeasures.

Ordinances in sight

Ordinances are expected shortly especially in Palermo and Catania. In the capital yesterday the Committee for order and safety returned to meet in the prefecture: in view of the Christmas initiatives and events, new controls could be introduced but also new measures starting with the obligation of the outdoor mask in the busiest streets like that of shopping.

New measures are also in the air in Catania, so much so that next week the mayor Salvo Pogliese will meet the prefect to evaluate new initiatives.

In the meantime, the Region intervened with an ordinance establishing two orange areas in the Catania area: in Militello Val di Catania, where an outbreak broke out in a school with twenty infected students and teachers, and in Pedara.

The contagion map

The spotlight of the Region is on the province of Catania, which is in fact the one that yesterday recorded the highest number of infections, 238. The positives are also growing in Palermo (131) and Messina (121). Nearly 100 new cases are in the provinces of Syracuse (97) and Trapani (91). The incidence also increased, from 71 to 77 per hundred thousand inhabitants. Hospitalizations remain under control: they are now 371, with a decrease of 5 units compared to Thursday. There are 43 in intensive care, with two more hospitalizations.

Orange areas, what can be done

After the last ordinance of the president of the Nello Musumeci Region, the regional health department has elaborated the answers to the most frequently asked questions on the measures in force in the municipalities in the “orange zone”.
Transfers: are allowed if motivated by proven work needs, by situations of need, for health reasons, to return to one’s home, home or residence, as well as to take advantage of the permitted activities.
For those who are not in possession of a valid green certification, or are not exempt, there is a curfew, therefore the restrictions on travel from 10 pm to 5 am of the following day apply.

Catering. Outdoor catering is permitted and, in general, the administration of food and beverages (bars, pizzerias, pubs, pastry shops, bakeries and the like). In the indoor premises, the service and consumption at the table is, on the other hand, allowed only to customers with valid green certification or to those who are exempt. The maximum limit of diners at the table is four people, a limit that does not apply to cohabitants.
Furthermore, the sale of take-away food and drinks is also allowed to customers without green certification, for whom the ban on table service and consumption in closed rooms remains. Home delivery is always allowed.
The closing time is independent from that foreseen for the “curfew”. The restaurant business, from 10pm to 5am the following day, is allowed only for customers with valid green certification.

Sports and motor activities. It is allowed to carry out outdoor sports or motor activities, even in equipped areas and public parks, where accessible, provided that the interpersonal safety distance of at least two meters for sports activities is respected, and at least one meter for any other activity. This measure does not apply where the presence of an accompanying person is necessary for minors or for people who are not completely self-sufficient.
The activities of gyms, swimming pools, swimming centers also in covered facilities and wellness centers are allowed, in compliance with the protocols and guidelines in force, exclusively to subjects with valid green certification.

Business. Retail commercial activities are allowed on condition that the interpersonal distance of at least one meter is guaranteed, that the entrances take place in a delayed manner and that it is prevented from staying inside the premises longer than the time necessary for purchases. Commercial activities must be carried out in compliance with sector protocols and guidelines. The activities of the establishments present in markets and centers, galleries and commercial parks and other similar structures can also take place on holidays and before holidays, in compliance with the protocols and guidelines of the sector.

Spas, theme and amusement parks. Spa activities are permitted in compliance with the protocols and guidelines in force. The activities of theme and amusement parks, playgrounds and playrooms as well as traveling shows are also permitted, in compliance with the protocols and guidelines in force. Access is allowed only to subjects with valid green certification.

Cultural centers, social and recreational centers, dance halls, parties and ceremonies. The activities of cultural centers, social and recreational centers and associations of the Third sector are allowed. Parties resulting from civil or religious ceremonies, outdoors or indoors, are also allowed, even if organized through catering and banqueting services. The maximum limit of diners at the table is four people, which is not valid for cohabitants.
These activities must be carried out in compliance with the protocols and guidelines in force and are allowed only to subjects with valid green certification.
Activities that take place in dance halls and discos and similar venues, outdoors or indoors, are prohibited.

Arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls and casinos. The activities of amusement arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls and casinos are allowed, even if carried out within premises used for different activities, in compliance with the protocols and guidelines and exclusively for subjects with valid green certification.

Museums, places of culture and shows open to the public. Visits to exhibitions and museums, as well as access to libraries, are only permitted for individuals with green certification. Shows open to the public are allowed in theatrical halls, concert halls, cinemas, entertainment venues and live music and in other venues or spaces, even outdoors, provided that they are carried out exclusively with pre-assigned seating and that it is the respect of the interpersonal distance of at least one meter is ensured, both for spectators who are not habitually cohabiting, and for the staff. Access is allowed only to subjects with valid green certification.

Fairs, conferences, congresses and festivals. In compliance with the protocols and guidelines in force, fairs, conferences, congresses and festivals are allowed with access reserved for subjects in possession of valid green certification.

Accommodation facilities. The activities of the accommodation facilities are carried out on condition that the interpersonal distancing of one meter is ensured in the common areas, in compliance with the protocols and guidelines in force.

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