By Cathy Elelman • 28 August 2020 • 14:29
CREDIT: Restauración-Asociación Mallorquina de Cafeterías, Bares y Restaurantes Facebook
NEW restrictions aimed at stemming a recent surge in Covid-19 cases on Spain’s Balearic Islands deal an unfair blow to restaurants, according to sector associations.
The new measures announced by the Balearic regional government on August 26, and published in the BOIB Balearic Island Official Bulletin today Friday August 28, include reducing restaurant maximum capacity to 50 per cent, both in interior dining areas and on outdoor terraces.
There is also now a complete ban on smoking on terraces.
The presidents of the restaurant business arms of the CAEB Balearic Business Association Confederation and the PIMEM Mallorca Small and Medium-Sized Business Federation, Alfonso Robledo and Eugenia Cusi, told Spanish press the measures punished restaurants when they were not the source of outbreaks of the virus.
Robledo described the measures as “outrageous.”
Cusi meanwhile argued that “instead of transmitting confidence, the message from bars and restaurants complying with the measures creates the opposite effect.”
The CAEB president also criticised the restriction already in place which makes it compulsory for bars and restaurants to close by 1am. He maintained the move had proved to be “ineffective” and only encouraged gatherings in public places to drink and party.
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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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