BRITISH expat and Spanish bar owners have been complaining about some Local Police forces insisting on the closing of their businesses in the Costa Blanca South area.
Phase 1 of the relaxation of the country’s State of Alarm kicked in across the Orihuela and Torrevieja health departments this week, with bar terraces allowed to reopen at reduced capacity.
The rules in most municipalities are that premises have to be closed up and customers gone by 11.00pm.
Some British and Spanish bar owners say that they’ve had visits from the Local Police telling them that they have to be done and dusted by 10.30pm, and were unable to give an explanation.
One bar and restaurant worker, who preferred to be anonymous, told the Euro Weekly News: “This makes no sense at all, as for the first two nights I told my customers that it’s last orders at 10.30pm and they have to go within 20 minutes.
“We’ve just have a loyal and well-behaved few in at that time anyway and the shutters were down and everything locked up well within time.
“Then out of the blue on Wednesday, I got visited by two Local Police officers who told me that I’ve got to close earlier, despite the fact that my town hall has made it clear what the times are.
“I’ve even had regular Guardia Civil patrols coming in for a coffee and a chat, and there’ve been no problems at all in my bar, or anywhere else in the area. After a rush on Monday, it’s been very quiet in the evenings, so I don’t know what the issue is.”