Health Ministry To Remove Bar And Hotel Restrictions

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Confusion Reigns in Spain’s Hospitality Industry as Government and Autonomous Regions Disagree
Health Ministry intends to lift restrictions. Credit: Pixabay

The Spanish Health Ministry intends to remove restrictions on the hotel industry and closing hours in a new draft of the Covid plan that has been sent to the Autonomous Communities. The restrictions were met with stiff opposition from Andalucia, Madrid and the Basque country.

THE Ministry of Health Ministry will eliminate restrictions within the hotel industry and the closing hours approved in the Interterritorial Health Council last week, La Sexta exclusively reports.

The restrictions were met with stiff opposition from Andalucia, Madrid and the Basque country.

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According to La Sexta, “Specifically, the new text refers to subsections A) and B) of point 1. That is, first, to the one that refers to the closure of the interior of the hotel business in those communities that are at level 3 or higher. A measure that was included in the previous update plan, but that Health had rescued, and made it mandatory in the new modification. Now, it is directly removed.

“Secondly, Health also eliminates the limitation to the closing hours of these same establishments. Thus, although in the previous text it was specified that bars and restaurants should close at the latest at 1am, without admitting new customers after midnight, now there is no specific guideline, so that It will depend on the autonomous governments themselves,” the report added.

Pubs and discos in level 2 areas will also be able to reopen, but they will be required to shut at 2am.



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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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