The Spanish area of Catalonia, which incorporates the 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 have to act at this time to keep away from a complete lockdown within the coming weeks. The scenario could be very worrying”, performing regional chief Pere Aragones mentioned on Wednesday.
Spain has up to now registered almost 900,000 circumstances 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 mentioned they might file a lawsuit towards any closure. The native authorities mentioned it can disburse €40 million in support to bars and eating places.
The deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni, referred to as the measure “disproportionate”: “The sector has made a really vital effort and now we have to keep in mind that lower than per week in the past there have been plans to reopen nightclubs”, he mentioned.
Below the brand new measures, non-professional sport competitions might be additionally suspended and the area’s gyms will solely be allowed to function at 50% capability. Casinos might be closed, retailers and enormous buying facilities will see capability restricted to 30%, and cultural occasions might be allowed to run at 50% capability and should end by 11 pm.