24th October 2021
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Torrejoncillo and Malpartida de Plasencia to be closed due to Covid 

The governing council of the Junta de Extremadura is requesting judicial authorisation to go ahead with the perimeter closure of Malpartida de Plasencia and Torrejoncillo. Both towns have seen a recent surge of Covid cases and, therefore, pose a risk to the rest of the region. 

Malpartida de Plascencia has 47 active cases and 115 people who have been in close contact with those infected. The cumulative incidence rate over the last 14 days stands at 1,021 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

In Torrejoncillo there are 26 active cases and 69 people who have been in close contact with those infected. The cumulative incidence rate in the last 14 days is 885.86 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The small village of Valdencín, which is just outside of Torrejoncillo, will be included within the perimeter closure, allowing travel between both places.

The perimeter closures will last for 14 days, and will begin as soon as judicial authorisation is given. Travelling into and out of both areas will be forbidden throughout this period, unless it is for work or health reasons.

The cumulative incidence rate for the whole region of Extremadura is currently 137 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

There are currently no restrictive measures for the rest of the region, although this is likely to change if the cumulative incidence rate increases to anything in excess of 150. Click here for all reports on: Coronavirus in Spain

Game of Thrones set to return to Cáceres 

An HBO film crew will be returning to Cáceres for the filming of a prequel to the hit series Game of Thrones. Filming will take place in the cities of Cáceres and Trujillo, the same locations which were used in 2016 for the original series. The positive impact this had on tourism, five years ago, means that local businesses are right to be enthusiastic about the return of HBO.

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The new series will be entitled House of the Dragon, and is expected to be released in January 2022. It tells the story of the civil war that took place 300 years prior to the events in Game of Thrones.

Councillor for Tourism at Cáceres City Council, Jorge Villar, told Canal Extremadura about the interest Cáceres received from tourists the last time Game of Thrones was in town: ‘People asked us directly which places were filmed, and what was filmed. It had a great effect.’

The increase in tourism provided a great boost to local bars, restaurants, hotels and shops in general. For that reason, local businesses are anticipating a successful year for 2022, once the series is televised.

Arco de Estrella, Cáceres.
Arco de Estrella, Cáceres – a location in the original ‘Game of Thrones’ series. (Adam L.Maloney)

The Blues Festival and Irish Fleadh are back

Cáceres City Hall has authorised the return of two of the city’s most popular music events, the Blues Festival and the Irish Fleadh. 

The Blues Festival will take place from 30 September to 3 October, and will consist of eight concerts. Although the line-up of artists is yet to be announced, it is likely to include international acts, as in previous years. The main stage will be in the Plaza Santa Maria.

The same square will also host the main stage of the Irish Fleadh, from 29-31 October. However, details of other locations for performances are yet to be finalised. In previous years, the festival has seen numerous Irish bands performing at bars and terraces around the old town, often spontaneously. Whether or not this will be allowed, or what restrictions may apply, will depend on the Covid measures at the time.

In any event, both festivals have always been great occasions for the city, and Cácereños will welcome their return.

Irish Fleadh in Cáceres
An image of the Irish Fleadh in Cáceres in 2019. (CareersIrishFleadh.com)

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