This message never ceases to repeat itself. Marino Aguilera (the mayor of Alcala) and Jesus Aguilera (the Councilor for Citizen Security), addressed the media. They wanted to convey a message to citizens about these important dates to Alcala. We must remain vigilant despite all the gatherings and events with family and friends. Aguilera started by saying that the police were doing a tremendous job of surveillance and control, information, as well as sanctions, before these problems or situations occur in this unusual summer. Aguilera also described some of the recent actions taken since the 'new normality was established. He acknowledged that some residents are concerned by the "agglomeration" of young people in certain settings.
Aguilera also pointed out that a daily inspection of hotels in the city and pubs on weekends is being done. This is complemented by information about the current regulations. "Every weekend, the police assign, exclusively, a troop to control the first action," stated the head of the municipality. He also said that "we find ourselves at a difficult conciliation since it is the logical want of youth to have fun; but on the other side the right of neighbors to rest; the exercise or a professional activity such as the hotel industry; and a regulation that tries regulate all of this.
Marino Aguilera said that it is the BOJA 29 of July, which refers to the restrictions or measures taken in response to the activities being conducted. For example, 12 persons can meet in a hotel. Aguilera reported that meeting places for young people, including the Fortaleza de la Mota and heliport, San Marcos de Veronica, Camino de San San Bartolome, and any other points that we know of, will be monitored in a special manner. This was done with the close cooperation of the Civil Guard who has been involved in this information and control work since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Between last March 14th, when the state alarm was declared, and last June 21st, when it ends in its various phases, the Local Police recorded 67 sanctioning records, to which the Civil Guard would be added. There were hundreds of drivers and pedestrians identified on the streets during this period, in both the urban and rural areas. Marino Aguilera concluded that the control work that started in March was continuing this summer, even though the goal is different because of the flexibility in the rules.
Jesus Aguilar was the Citizen Security Area's representative. He gave a detailed account of the actions taken by the Local Police, which is included in regulations issued by the Junta de Andalucia Ministry and Department of Health. Aguilar stated that the council's main purpose is to reconcile neighbors' rights to rest and their right to work in leisure establishments.
These controls are carried out on a daily basis according to the local councilor. Different documents from his council have been provided with details of regulations and measures these establishments must comply with. In July alone, there were 146 inspections of nightlife and hotel establishments. 8 sanctions were proposed for those who wore masks and 15 for those who drank on public roads. The person responsible for a hotel establishment was also fined for failing to ensure safety distance between clients. In August, 13 inspections were conducted on the premises. Five proposals were registered for people not wearing masks and 17 others are related to bottle drinking. "We want everyone to be responsible. While we are all aware of the fact that we were locked up for so long, we must not forget that this summer will be different and that we need everyone to collaborate, Jesus Aguilar stated during his speech.
Aguilar admitted that "the people of Alcala are being responsible in general despite the fact the data may be striking," regarding the behavior and actions of the population. Marino Aguilera also pointed out that the hospitality industry is responsible. "They are first interested in having Police go so they can also control the capacity. However, the pubs are where we find most inconveniences."