14-Sep-20: 'New school year starts with Covid-19 restrictions for 1.5 million students'
1.5 million students went back to school after a six-month hiatus as the most atypical academic year in recent times began today. The unprecedented restrictions were the main headline of a year full of uncertainties due to Covid-19. Tthis is Catalan News in 100 seconds, today from Escola Catalònia, in Barcelona.
Staggered arrival times, compulsory use of face masks for all students 6 and over, temperature checks at some schools, safety distances… The reopening of schools for the beginning of the 2020-2021 year was like no other. Despite the authorities and families' concerns, all but three schools opened – but no one has ruled out quarantines and closures taking place in near future.
An overwhelming majority of children attended classes, but a few families didn't, given the current measures to limit transmissions. The education minister has said he will work with families to avoid having them face legal action.
The government has limited the capacity of bars and restaurants to 50% in Girona and Salt, in northern Catalonia. People have been told to stay home as much as possible to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Former president Artur Mas won't return to politics – but he said he remains loyal to the center-right PDeCAT bloc rather than give his support to his successor in the post, Carles Puigdemont.
Spain will suspend the spending cap for local councils so that they can use their surplus to face the Covid-19 crisis. The Catalan president welcomed the decision but said it comes late.
Barcelona's 080 Fashion Show kicked off today – for the first time, it is a completely online edition, also due to the pandemic. The organizers aim for a more international show than ever.