Benidorm bans all alcohol sales after 11pm and demands huge gaps between bar tables to combat coronavirus – The Sun
Local mayor Toni Perez has ordered all pubs and cafes serving alcohol to close by 11pm while promoting social distancing by operating at just 50 per cent capacity.
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Only businesses with outside areas such as terraces or beer gardens can reopen under the strict health and safety guidelines.
Mr Perez said the measures were put in place following talks with Benidorm's Association of Bars, Restaurants and Cafeterias and Ociobal, the association of entertainment venues.
He said: "This will guarantee us the passage to the next phase and to be closer every day to the full and normal development of the activity."
The mayor said the city, which usually enjoys an economic boom during the summer months, will continue on a "path of prudence".
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More than 50 per cent of Spain is taking part in the first phase of the country's de-escalation plan.
Cafes, restaurants and bars are not allowed to serve customers inside until at least June.
As part of the new rules, patrons will order food and drinks using electronic devices, blackboards or pieces of paper as a way of limiting contact with staff.
Table sizes have been limited to 10 while there are strict regulations relating to cleaning and disinfecting furniture.
Toilets, which have to be cleaned at least six times per day, can only host one customer at a time, unless the person needs assistance.
This comes amid fears that Brits may stay away from Benidorm if they have to quarantine for two weeks when they return to the UK.
Toni Mayor, president of the Benidorm and Costa Blanca hotel association Hosbec, said the 14 day isolation for new UK arrivals will be a financial impact on the Spanish resort.
He said: “That is going to be a body blow for UK aviation and for tourism. I don’t see international holiday flights to Spain resuming till July at the earliest.
"If the quarantine were brought in and was still in place by July and August, we can wave goodbye to any hopes of British tourists returning to the Costa Blanca this summer.
"For places like Benidorm that depend so heavily on UK tourists, it would be a disaster.”
Spain has suffered over 26,000 deaths related to Covid-19 since the start of the outbreak.
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