Barcelona begins two-week corona shutdown of all bars, restaurants

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By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08747140 Empty tables are seen at the terrace of a bar in the district of Barceloneta, on the eve of the regional rule for the closing of bars and restaurants comes into force, in Barcelona, northeastern Spain, 15 October 2020. Catalan Government passed a rule for the closing of bars and restaurants for 15 days and capacity restrictions in malls, gyms, theaters and cinemas to try to avoid the spreading of COVID-19 virus disease. EPA-EFE/QUIQUE GARCIA

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The Spanish region of Catalonia, which includes the city of Barcelona, ordered bars and restaurants to close for 15 days from Thursday in an effort to curb a surge in coronavirus infections. The deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni, called 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 said. Under the new measures, non-professional sport competitions will be also suspended and the region’s gyms will only be allowed to operate at 50% capacity. The situation is very worrying”, acting regional chief Pere Aragones said on Wednesday. Catalan Government passed a rule for the closing of bars and restaurants for 15 days and capacity restrictions in malls, gyms, theaters and cinemas to try to avoid the spreading of COVID-19 virus disease. On Wednesday, restaurant associations said they would file a lawsuit against any closure. The local government said it will disburse €40 million in aid to bars and restaurants. Spain has so far registered nearly 900,000 cases and more than 33,000 deaths from COVID-19. The capital Madrid and nearby suburbs were put on partial lockdown last week. EPA-EFE/QUIQUE GARCIA

Empty tables are seen at the terrace of a bar in the district of Barceloneta, on the eve of the regional rule for the closing of bars and restaurants comes into force, in Barcelona, northeastern Spain, 15 October 2020. “We need to act today to avoid a total lockdown in the coming weeks. Casinos will be closed, shops and large shopping centers will see capacity limited to 30%, and cultural events will be allowed to run at 50% capacity and must finish by 11 pm.