Production of covid passports to enter the interior of bars, restaurants and other indoor venues, such as gyms or cinemas, will remain in place for at least one more month, until the end of February. This was announced today, Thursday, by the President of the Valencian Generalitat, Ximo Puig, at the press conference following the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission.

The Generalitat has already requested approval by the High Court of Justice of the Valencian Community, which will rule in the next day or so.

Venues where it will need to be produced remain as before, Puig said.

The covid passport requirement was implemented at the beginning of December and although it has not stopped the increase in infections, Puig said that it has served to encourage many undecided people to get vaccinated, in the region of 132,000 people since its entry into force was announced.

Along with the covid passport, the Generalitat wants to continue promoting vaccination, specifically those for children as well as the application of third doses to those who are over 18 years of age. To speed them up, Puig confirmed that as of Monday, new mass vaccination venues will open in Alicante at the field hospital located adjacent to the Alicante General Hospital.

The president said that despite the substantial increase in infections caused by the omicron variant in the last month, at the moment hospital admissions are 2.5 times lower than a year ago, and in Intensive Care Units, there are three times fewer patients than in January 2021.