IT has been announced that the Region of Murcia is to close its bars and restaurants as of Saturday, November 7.
The closures are set to last for at least 15 days and is a major blow to businesses as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause havoc through the region.
According to the decision, taken by the Covid-19 Monitoring Committee of the Region, Murcia bars and restaurants may continue to operate a home delivery service and order pick-ups at the establishment, however, they will not be able to have customers either indoors or on the terraces.
The Monitoring Committee also recommended closing the playgrounds from 7pm, and announced a contingency plan making 500 hospital beds available in the Region to avoid the collapse of the emergency services.
The spokesman for Health for the pandemic, Jaime Pérez, justified the decision, made on Wednesday, November 4, to close Murcia’s bars and restaurants, stating that: “only by limiting social interactions as much as possible” would help prevent the spread of further infections.
Regional president, Fernando López Miras, took to Twitter to say: “it is hard to make decisions that affect many families. But if the health workers report that the system is on the verge of collapse, the epidemiologists transmit that the infections are out of control, and both agree on the same measures … We cannot look the other way.”
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