By Sarah Keane • 17 October 2020 • 11:31
AS bars and restaurants closed their doors in Barcelona for 15 days, those in the industry brace themselves for more hardship.
The closure of bars and restaurants in Barcelona was first announced on Wednesday and the final court decision backing the plan came through on Friday morning. Meanwhile, bar owners were left wondering what was going to happen.
Speaking to El Pais, owners of Can Pascual, Marc Ferrer and Cici Nieto said: “Right up until the last minute we didn’t know anything. This isn’t right. Closing from one day to the next means losing at least 40% of what I have invested in produce.”
Another owner of a café in Barcelona expressed similar dismay about the suddenness of decision, saying that everything changed for her in a mere 48hours.
“And what am I going to do with what I’ve already got in the fridges for this week?” she asks. “It’s produce that will go to waste.”
Although initially the measures have been put in place for 15 days, the government insists it will have no choice but to extend restrictions if the numbers do not improve.
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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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