By John Smith • 28 September 2020 • 11:14
Bands like Jingo Experience may return to play in Benalmadena
THERE has been a great deal of upset in the entertainment world with regards to the lack of assistance that the majority of councils have been giving to ensure that live entertainment can continue particularly in venues visited by expatriates.
Now the Benalmadena Council has recognised this problem of arranged for a meeting between two Council members and local business owners to see if any useful formula can be found to allow for bars and places of entertainment which do not serve food to open with live music again.
After taking legal advice and reviewing all of the requirements imposed by the Junta de Andalucia with regards to closing times, capacity limitation and social distancing, the Council has announced that owners of bars with music will be allowed to carry out an expansion of activity, incorporating the possibility of serving tapas and pre-cooked meals, “to fit within the establishments that are allowed to open and can continue with their activity during the pandemic ”.
“The technicians have spent several weeks looking for a formula that would allow this expansion of the activity, in a fast and easy way for entrepreneurs to execute, and with minimal expense, since it will not require a change of license”, Councillor for Commerce Javier Marín said.
“In this way, they will be able to adapt to the needs raised by the new regulations, and retain their activity,” he added.
“We did not address this possibility before because the limitation of hours was initially considered as a temporary measure: due to its permanence in time we have had to work to find an outlet that would respond to the needs of these entrepreneurs”, Marín concluded.
It should be noted that this new opportunity only applies to venues with live music and does not mean that discos can re-open.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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