By John Smith • 16 December 2020 • 14:55
Shopping centres may not be overcrowded
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FOR several months, it appeared that the Balearics were being very successful in their fight against the coronavirus, but the past week in particular has seen contagion grow enormously which has resulted in new restrictions on Mallorca being imposed by the Balearic Government.
With effect from Tuesday December 15 Mallorca entered into tier 4 and the following new rules applied and will be in force (unless changed at a later date) until Tuesday December 29;
It has also been announced separately that if any street appears to be too full of shoppers, then the Local Police will have the power to close the area until the crowds have reduced.
The area of business worst hit by these new rules is the hospitality industry and spokespersons for the two largest associations CAEB and Pimem after meeting with the President of the Government Francina Armengol and other Government representatives bemoaned the fact that they believed that some 80 per cent of restaurants in Mallorca did not have outside spaces.
There will be some financial help to restaurants including a payment of €1,500 per person for each restaurant that has less than 20 staff and a suspension of terrace fees for the first quarter of 2021 (although that doesn’t help the majority of owners).
In addition. there will be a series of grants available and water and waste collection bills issued between August 2020 and April 2021 may be delayed but there is still a fear that many bars and restaurants will close down for good as they simply can’t afford to continue without tourist and Christmas trade.
Looking forward however the Government hopes that taking drastic action now will assist in bringing contagion rates back down to an acceptable level with the long-term aim of avoiding a third spike.
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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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