By Sarah Keane • 11 October 2020 • 12:28
CREDIT: Restauración-Asociación Mallorquina de Cafeterías, Bares y Restaurantes Facebook
New restrictions in bars & restaurants force Spaniards to change their dining habits, as establishments are limited to 50% capacity indoors and 60% outdoors.
The new measures, introduced in Madrid and 9 other cities in the region by the High Court on Friday also mean that bars and restaurants must close their doors at 11pm, accepting the last customers at 10pm.
With late dining being a long-standing tradition in Spain, many residents are being forced to adapt their dining habits. In a bid to maintain their customer base, many establishments are opening earlier, but within three days of the measures being introduced, hospitality group Hosteleria Madrid reported a loss of €8million and 75’000 dinner reservations cancelled.
Some restaurants have pushed forward their opening hours to 8pm, but while this may attract tourists, Gabriela Sánchez from Levél Veggie Bistro in Madrid explained to El Pais that she doesn’t believe it will change the way Spaniards dine. “As much as you try, you are not going to convince a Spaniard to go out for dinner at 8pm,” she says.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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