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Catalonia to close all brothels over Covid-19 concerns

Health authorities order tougher restrictions for the southern town of Reus

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21 August 2020 02:53 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Catalan government has announced plans to close all brothels over concerns that prostitution could contribute to coronavirus outbreaks after weeks of high contagion rates.

The decision came following a petition by Spain’s minister for equality, Irene Montero, who sent a letter to all regional governments asking to take exceptional measures against prostitution businesses.

Catalonia’s health authorities also announced a string of new measures for the southern town of Reus, near Tarragona, such as a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

The government is also limiting the capacity of indoor and outdoor spaces: 50% for interior and exterior of bars, 50% for cultural and sporting events, and 33% for ceremonies and religious sermons.

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  • Health minister Alba Vergés (by Núria Torres)

  • Health minister Alba Vergés (by Núria Torres)

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