Friday, October 23, 2020

Barcelona begins two-week corona shutdown of all bars, eating places

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The Spanish area of Catalonia, which incorporates town of Barcelona, ordered bars and eating places to shut for 15 days from Thursday in an effort to curb a surge in coronavirus infections.
“We need to act today to avoid a total lockdown in the coming weeks. The situation is very worrying”, appearing regional chief Pere Aragones stated on Wednesday.
Spain has thus far registered nearly 900,000 instances and greater than 33,000 deaths from COVID-19. The capital Madrid and close by suburbs have been placed on partial lockdown final week.
On Wednesday, restaurant associations stated they might file a lawsuit towards any closure. The native authorities stated it should disburse €40 million in assist to bars and eating places.
The deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni, referred to as the measure “disproportionate”: “The sector has made a very significant effort and we have to remember that less than a week ago there were plans to reopen nightclubs”, he stated.
Under the brand new measures, non-professional sport competitions will probably be additionally suspended and the area’s gyms will solely be allowed to function at 50% capability. Casinos will probably be closed, outlets and huge procuring facilities will see capability restricted to 30%, and cultural occasions will probably be allowed to run at 50% capability and should end by 11 pm.

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