The regional governments of Madrid, the Basque Country, Galicia, Castilla y León and Andalusia have risen this Thursday against the central Executive, and more specifically against the Ministry of Health, for the document approved yesterday in the Interterritorial Council of new normality, which They have already announced that they will not comply and that they will maintain their current restrictions.
The Interterritorial Council of the National Health System, in which the Ministry of Health and the autonomous communities are represented, has approved, with the rejection of six autonomies, the mandatory document in which, among other measures, it is allowed to open the premises nightlife until 03:00 in those territories that are not at risk or are on level 1 of the Health traffic light.
During the vote on this document, Madrid, the Basque Country, Catalonia, Galicia, Andalusia and Murcia, voted against the proposal of the ministry led by Carolina DariasFurthermore, both Castilla y León and the autonomous city of Melilla abstained. In this way, these communities were directly opposed to this approach to Health, some even going so far as to announce that they would not apply it in their territory.
The first autonomy to go out publicly to denounce this document was the Community of Madrid, who assured that it would not comply with this Health approach. Already today, the acting president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso , has reiterated that she will not abide by the measures agreed in the Interterritorial because they consider that they are of “political imposition” and “not health” .
“As long as it is not mandatory, what we are not going to go is against the interests of the citizens. This government will have to manage, as it knows how to do, to manage and overwhelm,” Ayuso said before journalists.
Ayuso has defended that it is not a question of “rebellion” on his part because “rebellion means going against the established norms and this norm is not mandatory and cannot be imposed for various reasons.”
For his part, the Basque Lehendakari, Íñigo Urkullu, has denounced that the modifications proposed by the Ministry of Health suppose an “invasion of competences” and show “absolute confusion” in the management of the health crisis by the central government, therefore which has ensured that the Basque Country “will follow its own roadmap” and will keep the measures updated last Monday by the Basque institutions.
The Department of Health of the Basque Government did not participate in the debate or in the vote on the document presented by the ministry, which contemplated measures related to hours of hospitality, leisure, events or screening, considering that they affect the competences of Basque institutions .
The document, although it was finally approved by the majority of communities, found the frontal rejection of several autonomies. It was the case, for example, of Galicia, who has reproached the central Executive for trying to “now limit the opening process” of hotels and nightlife in the de-escalation, after the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.