The hospitality rejects more restrictive measures before the increase of contagions, as planning healing

The hospitality sector has rejected the possibility that, as the Ministry of Health plans, the activity of bars and restaurants restrict the increase in Covid c

The hospitality rejects more restrictive measures before the increase of contagions, as planning healing

The hospitality sector has rejected the possibility that, as the Ministry of Health plans, the activity of bars and restaurants restrict the increase in Covid contagions in our country. "It is not understandable a much more restrictive sanitary traffic light than the existing one year ago," says Hospitality of Spain, an association that grouped the more than 300,000 locations in the sector that was before the pandemic.

The Public Health Commission discusses on Tuesday the nuances of a new document guide document to control the COVID in this new stage, the so-called semaphore Covid.

The document establishes, for example, capacity-in-hospital and restoration limitations at levels 1 and 2, and also for night leisure and even return to limitations by tables and time in areas with more incidence of contagions.

The hotels do not want to return to a situation or similar to last year, especially at the doors of a Christmas campaign that promised to be good. It must be remembered that the past parties were marked by the limitations of capacity and practically no Christmas dinners could be held in establishments, as the tables were limited to six people.

Now, however, with more than 89% of the vaccinated population, the sector believes that these measures suppose "re-position the hotel as the focus of contagions" and "criminalize" entrepreneurs. They also say that last year's experience "showed that the restriction on establishment establishments avokes an increase in consumption in private spaces", with more risk of contagion, according to denouncement.

"If these restrictions have ended up being launched, compensation will be necessary for the hotels who are chaining irreparable losses that affect their income and put at risk jobs," regret in a statement.

For nightlife it is worse, because business have been practically closed what we carry from pandemic and opened at the end of summer.

The sector does not see viable the generalized implementation of the Covid passport to enter the premises, as other countries like France, because of the difficulties that would have to put control at the doors of the establishments (in France makes the waiter itself) and the Digital gap at certain ages.

In addition, they denounce that its use has not yet been regulated in this regard. In theory, the Covid passport (document that credits the user is vaccinated or has a negative PCR test) was created to facilitate mobility between countries within the EU. It was, therefore, a tool to travel, to streamline controls in ports and airports.

Some countries, such as France, began to be used in other areas to force people to vaccinate, and also do some autonomous communities, but the tourism sector (hotels, hotels ...) have always rule out demanding it in a generalized way arguing that Spain is one of the countries with the highest vaccination rate.

Updated Date: 25 November 2021, 01:15

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