Catalonia’s regional government has asked millions of people to “stay at home” as the area experienced a resurgence in coronavirus cases.
It is not a legal order, but instead a “strong recommendation” intended to control contagion and avoid a full-blown lockdown.
The authorities notified 1,300 new daily cases on Thursday, most of them in Barcelona and the metropolitan area.
Around four million people in the Barcelona metropolitan area have been requested to only leave home for essential reasons, with cinemas, theatres and nightclubs also closing.
Restaurants and bars are now limited to half capacity, a ban on visits to elderly people’s homes has been implemented.
The Catalan government also announced new social distancing measures for 15 days that will limit gatherings to 10 people.
The measures concern the city of Barcelona and its surrounding areas, towns and cities and will initially be in place for two weeks.
Until the measures are finalized, both city and regional authorities agree that the situation in the Catalan capital is worrying. “We have started to have cases in other neighborhoods of Barcelona that are further away from the outbreak zone,” said Jacobo Mendioroz, the head of the Covid-19 monitoring unit in Catalonia.
Israel has reimposed some lockdown measures following a vigorous second surge in the number of coronavirus infections, putting in place stringent weekend shutdowns in which shops, hairdressers and attractions will be closed.
Gyms and fitness studios will also be closed at all times, while restaurants, which opened again in May, will return to takeaways and deliveries only. All indoor gatherings of 10 or more people will be banned.
Tighter restrictions will also be introduced including the closure of stores, beauty salons, museums and tourist attractions on the weekends. Starting later this month, beaches will also be closed to the public on weekends, the government said.
“We are making every effort to avoid a general lockdown,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a Thursday evening Cabinet meeting.
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The city residents are in lockdown and musicians are out of jobs. Music clubs and concert halls will likely stay closed in the coming months.
The music industry joined forces with the Prague City Hall and together they connected players with their audience.
Every Prague citizen can now book a concert online, put a pin on the map – a hospital courtyard, nursing home garden or on any street – and start crowdfunding for tickets. When enough people chip in, the concert takes place.
All musicians follow guidelines crafted and scrutinized by the authorities and professional promoters. Social distancing, face masks, and all other means of keeping the virus out of play are in action here.
“We are happy to help both the creative industries and people who are staying at home. People can watch online streams for only so long. This is live culture, creativity, and innovation at its best,” said Hana Třeštíková, Prague Council Member responsible for Arts and Culture.
The procedure is simple – people register at hrajemedooken.cz [playing into windows] and then identify the preferred music genre and location. The organizer then checks the availability of artists and the suitability of the chosen venue.
In the next ten days, people buy online tickets for the concert. “It is uncommon for safety and culture departments to work together on innovative projects like this one. I hope we can inspire other cities in Europe – this is how we can stay safe and enjoy live music at the same time,” said Petr Hlubuček, Vice-Mayor at Prague City Hall responsible for Safety and Environment.
Every musician gets paid from the tickets the “civic promoter” crowdfunds online.
Lockdown does mean staying indoors and only leaving for necessities like food, medicine, and one form of exercise per day. What it doesn’t mean, is living like an ascetic and staring blankly at a wall for weeks in hope that your stillness and focus will rid us of coronavirus for good.
It’s worth noting that if you have a weakened immune system or have shown any symptoms at all, it’s not advisable to drink, and it’s also never a good idea to drink heavily or binge.
So, drink in moderation if you’re going to, and get it delivered to your house where possible. Here are 4 ways to get wine right to your door during the lockdown in Prague.
Vino-Delikatesy offers over 150 wines from 7 countries, permanently on stock. They collaborate with family wineries, keeping the exclusivity on the market and focusing on the uniqueness of each terroir.
“I created a business strategy to work as a wholesaler of wines in 2017 and collaborate with restaurants, hotels, wine bars. My first company Mangustino was working pretty well after less than three years existing, as we have more than 130 partners in the Czech Republic, 90% in Prague,” said CEO Benjamin Diot.
“Market rules suddenly changed in March and we had to readapt quickly. All my partners closed in 2/3 days, and 99% of the turnover crashed. Then, I decided to create my e-shop, and we began to concentrate our sales on BtoC customers. Apart from wines, we offer also paté, klobasa, and cheeses. Guess what? We offer a 10% discount with the promo code “Stayhome”,” added Diot.
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Vinograf wine bar is still open for take away food and wines. Monday till Friday they are open from 11.30 till 18.00 for the takeaway lunch menu as they are cooking for the hospitals (here the link for donations). In the evenings, the sommelier Klára Langová is personally delivering the wine orders.
“We deliver all the wines from the Vinograf wine list with a 40% discount on the shelf price,” says Klára Kollárová from Vinograf. “We have also created a new platform to help winemakers and wine importers. It’s called milujemevino.eu and we sell wines from small producers with cellar prices,” she added.
V11 winebar & deli is a traditional hangout venue in Jiřího z Poděbrad neighborhood. It is a cozy bar open every day till late with some 15 seats inside and airy terrace with similar capacity in summer. As a grocery, you can still enter the shop and choose from the shelve like in the regular wine shop without a possibility to taste the wine on the spot.
To compensate for this discomfort, they offer a 20% discount on all bottles. Besides, they started also free deliveries for all Prague customers. You can order directly at this website where you can find all wines sold in the shop. Costumers can pay by bank transfer or credit card, eventually cash or credit card when delivered.
V11 winebar & deli offers international wines and also some local winemakers, focusing on organic production. They are also an exclusive importer of some wines from several countries, such as Austria, Germany, the north of Italy, and Lebanon.
Oliveira is a direct importer of famous port wines, full red and white wines as well as unique vinho verde (green wine).
Vinho Verde is unique in the world. Its vibrant freshness, elegance, lightness, slightly sparkling and aromatic and flavorful expressions, especially its fruity and floral notes, are the characteristics that define and differentiate this wine.
Moreover, Oliveira delivers Anjos de Portugal White, a DOC wine, slightly sparkling, distinguished by its richness, taste and aroma, Port Wines, deep in colour and possess complex and intense aromas and Montes Ermos Reserva Red, a wine produced by Adega de Freixo Espada à Cinta, with the grape varieties Touriga nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz.