By Cathy Elelman • 09 June 2020 • 14:59
GLOOMY PREDICTION: The Mallorca bars, cafes and restaurants association Vice-President said some businesses could be forced to close their doors definitively when this is all over.”
CREDIT: Restauracion-Asociacion Mallorquina de Cafeterias, Bares y Restaurantes Facebook
ONE in three bars, cafes and restaurants in some areas of Mallorca could be forced to keep their doors closed this summer season due to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis and insufficient assistance from administrations, the island’s hospitality sector association claims.
The CAEB Mallorca, Bars, Cafes and Restaurants Association was particularly critical of Palma Council in a press briefing on Monday to talk about the entry of Mallorca into Phase three of the lockdown de-escalation and the problems the sector is currently facing.
Association vice-president Juan Miguel Ferrer accused the authority of “not having empathy with” the sector and of “turning its back” on the city’s establishments, while praising councils like Inca and Calvia for “doing what they can to help.”
He said that according to the association’s calculations not only would 30 per cent of Palma’s establishments not be able to open this summer, a high percentage “will close their doors definitively when this is all over.”
The association delegate for the Portixol district of Palma was just as critical of the city administration. He referred to the “little help Palma Council is offering the sector,” adding that businesses in Portixol “feel strangled, completely suffocated.”
He complained, “not only do they not let us extend terraces so we can have more clients, but what’s more they have cut off traffic access,” which he said deters people from going to bars and restaurants in the area.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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