The Valencian Community has given the green light for the reopening of open-air terraces in bars, restaurants and cafés from March 1.
These are the new measures that come into force on Monday the 1st of March.
- Parks and places of worship open with 50% capacity.
- Outdoor sports facilities reopen their doors
- Shops will be open until 8 p.m.
- The hospitality industry will be able to open terraces until 6 p.m., with tables for a maximum of four people and a capacity of 75%.
- The limit of people in public spaces is increased to four people.
- The weekend border closure will be lifted in towns with more than 50,000 inhabitants.
- The regional border closure and the 10 p.m. curfew are extended
The The Hospitality Industry Association (CEOH) rejects this approach because it means “the ruin of the nearly 8,000 businesses that do not have a terrace after two months of closure” and has asked for opening hours to be extended until the start of the curfew -22 hours-.
Despite the pressure exerted by the main associations in the sector, the inside of the establishments will remain closed while waiting to see how the epidemiological situation evolves. Another meeting has been scheduled for 9 March, five days before the decree expires with the definitive guidelines to be determined by the Interdepartmental Bureau next Thursday. On that date, it is expected to be able to serve customers inside the establishments, with a capacity of between 30 and 50 per cent.
For its part, FOTUR, the regional leisure and tourism employers’ association, has requested that in this first phase all outdoor activities, such as concerts, shows, weddings or similar events, be liberalized so that the sector can catch its breath.