Government Plans To Approve The State Of Alarm This Weekend

After the support of eight autonomous communities and Melilla, the Executive prepares an extraordinary Council of Ministers to take this measure

Spain is moving towards a new state of alarm After this Friday a trail of autonomous communities were joining the request to the Government to decree it the Executive of Pedro Sánchez plans to do it in the next Council of Ministers most likely this Sunday in an extraordinary meeting

This is assured by cabinet sources although in principle it was intended for Tuesday a day after listening to the regional leaders in the telematic conference of presidents to be held on Monday and which will have as a guest the president of the European Commission Ursula von de Leyen

Melilla began And they followed the Basque Country Asturias Extremadura La Rioja Catalonia Navarra and Cantabria as well as CastillaLa Mancha which will officially do so today after passing through its Governing Council

Throughout Friday afternoon its presidents socialists Citizens and nationalists but none of the PP were demanding that Sánchez articulate this constitutional tool to impose extraordinary restrictions in the face of the unstoppable advance of the coronavirus in almost the entire national territory

The president had already shown in the morning in a speech to the citizens his willingness to take strict measures because he said the situation is serious and that very hard months are coming

Questions and answers about the alarm status
Also the Minister of Health Salvador Illa had requested in the morning broad support to approve a state of alarm and thus be able to establish a night curfew throughout the country something that has been considering his department for days

This supposes the competition of the autonomies which would be the ones that would apply it and sufficient support in the Congress of Deputies which would have to vote in favor to be able to extend it once it is launched Citizens offered their seatsand asked the PP to support it

With the votes of the PNV Ciudadanos and the partners of the Catalan Government the Executive of PSOE and United We can add an absolute majority to endorse the measure in Parliament

The Government would also prefer to have the support of the PP which has already announced that it is refusing this measure while calling for an express legal reform that allows communities to restrict movements without going through the courts

Events throughout Friday moved quickly The Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu was the first regional president to take a step forward

And the support of the Generalitat finished propping up a measure that seems increasingly imminent Executive sources indicated that although it was planned to stage the support in the presidents conference it is very possible that it will be approved on Sunday

State of alarm is not synonymous with home confinement In fact it is what the authorities try to avoid by all means with intermediate measures

This was expressed by the President of the Government on Friday in a speech that remembered those he made in spring during the first wave of the epidemic

He asked for unity both to the Administrations and to the citizens to avoid complete limitations of movements at the same time that he opened the door to a new state of alarm to take extraordinary measures in those places where the risk is extreme

Shortly after Sánchezs speech the president of the autonomous city of Melilla Eduardo de Castro from Ciudadanos announced that he had requested in writing to the Government the application of the state of alarm to enable night confinement

The city is on the verge of sanitary collapse he justified His project is to prohibit unjustified movements from 10 pm to 6 am in application of article 11 of the law that regulates the state of alarm to prevent large bottles private parties at homes garages The president of Extremadura Guillermo Fernández Vara did the same This is not to confine it is to limit mobility

No courts
Once the state of alarm is approved the idea is for the communities to articulate it and take the measures they deem appropriate without having to go through the courts

It is the justification that the lehendakari gave when he announced his request and thus have legal protection for the new restrictions that he wants to implement Urkullu requested that the state of alarm be extended to all of Spain and that authority be delegated to the regional presidents

The Basque presidency made the decision just 24 hours after learning that the Superior Court of Justice of that community did not authorize the most restrictive measures for citizens such as the prohibition of meeting in the private and public sphere more than six people

That is precisely the problem that the autonomies face when imposing restrictive measures of fundamental rights without a state of alarm they remain in the hands of the courts which have allowed some confinements and rejected others There is still no precedent for what they will do about the curfew

We need a decentralized state of alarm in which the Generalitat maintains all management capacity defended the acting Catalan president Pere Aragonès Spain cannot be a puzzle and even less a puzzle there must be a national pattern

And the measures to limit mobility cannot be only within our region or any other but in all of them because some affect others The guideline has to be global and there has to be common sense that we go in the same direction and that we all go proposed Emiliano García Page president of CastillaLa Mancha

At the expense of applying the state of alarm some communities use decrees that must pass through their superior courts Castilla y León was the first to formally request a curfew from the Government

The president of the Board Alfonso Fernández Mañueco announced on Friday that they will impose it after a meeting with Minister Illa

The minister stressed the need for consensus with the communities so that these restrictions can be applied throughout Spain and explained that the state of alarm is the best legal mechanism to provide the necessary coverage if these curfews have to be extended for more than 15 days

Illa appreciated the interterritorial health council held last Thursday which resulted in agreements on fixed criteria for interpreting the levels of danger but not in instructions for immediate implementation throughout Spain It is an important step forward he said because it served to set common criteria for risk assessment and includes a catalog of action measures

It is a common response framework Mañueco recalled the seriousness of the moment which his community has led to action to request the limitation of night movement We cannot return to the dramatic situation of March and April we must show that we have learned

The regional legal services are working to implement this order as soon as possible and make it effective this weekend

In June the state of alarm ended abruptly because the Government had increasingly difficult support to carry out new extensions

The Health plan required this legal tool at least until July 6 when the deescalation phases were scheduled to end in all autonomous regions but it ended on June 21 This led some like Madrid to jump from phase 2 to the new normal

With information from Juan Navarro Miquel Noguer Virginia Vadillo Javier Arroyo Ferrán Bono and Isabel Valdés

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