Andalucia bars and restaurants demand later opening times

Hoping to open tomorrow

THE Andalucia Federation of Catering Businesses (Horeca) has asked the Junta de Andalucia for permission to open until 11.30pm.

This, they say, will allow them to serve dinner and keep thousands of businesses alive and people in work.
Current restrictions, until 6pm, with another four hours until curfew, are leading to dangerous situations in which people are gathering privately, with no health measures and no control to prevent coronavirus contagion, as bars and restaurants are closed, the federation has said.
They report that people agree while at bars and restaurants to all go home together once they close.
Profits have reportedly fallen by 70 per cent in the catering sector over the December long weekend, compared to the same holiday period last year, due to the curfew, plus the bad weather, which prevented many premises from using their outdoor terraces, while indoor occupancy levels are allowed at only 30 per cent in most of Andalucia. In Malaga, the allowed rate is 50 per cent.
In readiness for the announcement regarding new measures expected from the Junta de Andalucia this week, Horeca has stressed that the survival of some 250,000 people depends upon better conditions for the sector and is asking for closing times to be extended until 11.30pm, as well as allowing higher occupation levels throughout the region.

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Jennifer Leighfield

Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.


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