Ayuso Announces Madrid’s Freedom Day In New York

Madrid’s regional premier, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, has continued her whirlwind tour of New York, with meeting some of the Big Apple’s biggest hitters including former Mayor, Mike Bloomberg.

The right wing Partido Popular head has throughout used the theme of freedom as a reference point for her administration’s handling of the pandemic which has been frequently at odds with that of the central and Socialist government of Pedro Sanchez.

This week she has confirmed that Madrid’s equivalent of ” freedom day” will be on Monday 4th October.

From then all limitation on capacity for sporting, social and other gatherings will be removed.

She told Spanish TV channel Telecinco that from that day: ” All restrictions will be lifted and that we are almost as we were before the pandemic begun”.

The removal of the restrictions applies to all public places including, theatres, cinames, museums, libraries, cultural, sporting and musical events.

Restaurants and bars will now return to full capacity – inside and out – and limited bar service returns albeit seated.

Masks inside and out are no longer required to be worn as long as social distancing ( 1. 5 metres) is maintained.

She said that Madrid´s love of ” life and freedom” were the cornerstone of her model for managing the pandemic.

The latest official government figures for the coronavirus infection rate shows a massively reduced figure to a national average of just 60 cases per 100,000 of population.
The Madrid region sits slightly higher at 66 per 100,000 but a far cry from the figures from early summer when the infection rate hit a peak of 677 cases per 100,000 of population.
Just 2.64% of Covid-19 tests administered over the last 14 days have been positive.
Since the records began 18 months ago nearly 5 million people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus of whom 86,000 have died, of whom 16,000 were Madrileños.





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