By Tara Rippin • 15 March 2020 • 18:19
FOLLOWING the national Government declaration of a ‘state of alarm’ for at least 15 days to combat the spread of coronavirus, residents and holidaymakers in Benidorm have pledged their support to local businesses, health care professionals and all those affected.
Ed Cullen said: “Our thoughts are with the people who live and work in Benidorm at this time. Yes, we have been inconvenienced by losing our holidays, yes we have lost money… but this is a short term issue for us.
“For the businesses in Benidorm, this could have long term repercussions. Think about others at this time. Good luck to all the ‘locals’ in Benidorm.”
Cat Sanders added: “Here’s hoping that when all this confusion is over and the virus is contained, that we can all go back to Benidorm. We will be celebrating by going to pubs, restaurants and the beach. Spending money, being kind and tipping the waiters and cleaning staff who will be really struggling the next few weeks. Benidorm is our second home, a place we all love. Will rise again.”
James Pearson paid tribute to the emergency services during these extremely testing times.
“Can we take this time to pay tribute to all the amazing Health Care professionals and emergency services that will carry on their duties throughout this pandemic.”
Alex Ivanov of Sinatras in Benidorm said on behalf of his team: “Due to the precautions in preventing the spread of corona virus ourselves along with all other bars and restaurants in Benidorm have been told we must close. We are very sorry for any of our customers who are here already or are due a visit but unfortunately for the next two weeks our doors must remain locked. We pray for a cure for this terrible virus and hope that you and yours stay safe from it.”
While The Corner Bar in the resort added; “It is with sadness, and huge concern that we have been officially informed we MUST close our doors….for a minimum of 15 days. This stands for ALL bars and restaurants in our region.
“We have worked our hearts out over the last 18 months to build this business to what it has become, one of the most popular British owned places to eat and drink in the town and we will not let coronavirus ruin us.
“But 15 days is a long time., and this is a minimum. We are hoping that the government are quick to announce how they plan to help us as a small business and our team of staff.
“We must also see light at the end of the tunnel and hope that by the summer months, which is what businesses here rely on to get through the whole year, some normality is restored. We thank you for your support and best wishes and we WILL be back!”
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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