Confusion Reigns in Spain’s Hospitality Industry

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Confusion Reigns in Spain’s Hospitality Industry as Government and Autonomous Regions Disagree
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Confusion Reigns in Spain’s Hospitality Industry as Government and Autonomous Regions Disagree.

The hospitality industry has been left in confusion due to disagreements between the autonomous regions and the government in Spain.

The hotel and catering industry along with nightlife establishments are now unclear on where they stand.

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The central government have now issued new health safety measures but the autonomous regions including Andalucia have not approved them. Many of those affected by the new announcements plan to follow the Junta’s de-escalation plan. Establishments though are left in confusion.

The measures were published in the BOE on Friday and include reduced capacity and opening hours for the hospitality industry on alert level 2. Most of Andalucia still remains in alert level 2.

This is where the confusion comes in. The autonomous regions have been given powers since the end of the state of alarm so the hospitality industry does not know which set of rules to follow.


According to Canal Sur, these new measures “conflict with the de-escalation plan drawn up by the Junta de Andalucía.”


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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