Spain Village Bans Eating Sweets In Public To Stop COVID

Story ByMaja Mishevksa, Sub EditorMarija StojkoskaAgencyNewsflash

This Spanish village has banned its residents from eating sweets in public to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The council of Deleitosa, a village of just over 700 inhabitants in the western Spanish province of Caceres in the Extremadura region, has banned residents from being able to eat sweets and sunflower seeds, a popular Spanish snack, in the streets because of the dangers of people deciding to share their food.

The ban also prevents locals from being able to drink in the streets or participate in any other activity which encourages people to gather in public.

CEN/Ayto Deleitosa

Mayor Juan Pedro Domingo shared a document containing the new rules on his Facebook account, saying that the regulations had been approved in “the face of the new outbreaks of coronavirus that are happening in some nearby municipalities”.

Local newspaper ABC report the nearby town of Peraleda de la Mata has seen 16 recent cases of COVID-19 and residents have been told to only leave their homes when essential.

The document, shared on his Facebook profile and also by the council’s official Facebook profile, says that “we have an atypical summer, when it comes to get-togethers and holidays, we cannot do whatever we like. We should learn to live with all these sanitary rules, with the goal of preventing the spread of the virus and out of respect for others, as breaking the measures could put everybody at risk, especially those considered ‘at-risk’.”

It goes on: “I recommend parents teach minors they need to wear a face mask every day and the need for social distancing.

CEN/Juan Pedro Dominguez

“Eating sweets and sunflower seeds in the streets is banned (sometimes minors share them, with the risks this involves). Drinking in the street is also banned as well as other kinds of activities which involve the unauthorised gathering of people in the street.”

The mayor said the ‘Fitomania’ concert scheduled for the village’s traditional festivities on 16th August will be strictly regulated with temperature checks at the entrance. He did not rule out the concert being suspended as “everybody’s health comes first”.

The council is planning to hold a funeral for all the victims of coronavirus who will be honoured with a plaque in the cemetery.

According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Spain has registered 264,836 cases of COVID-19 and 28,422 related deaths.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.