Bar owners fined for staff not speaking Spanish

THE owners of an a bar in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, have been fined €600 because no-one on the premises spoke Spanish.

THE Canary Islands Government’s Vice-Council of Tourism explained that inspectors had visited the establishment after a client wrote in the Complaints Book, and found that no-one spoke Spanish.

A decree approved by the Canary Islands government last year forces anyone who runs a tourism, leisure or catering business on the islands to have someone in charge who speaks Spanish.

Failure to abide by this law can lead to fines of up to €1,500. In this case, other problems were detected during the inspection which amounted to fines of €1,700.


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