Spain: Madrid bans terraces, closes restaurants and bars due to coronavirus

The Community of Madrid banned terraces throughout the city on Friday, and decreed the closure of all restaurants and bars from Saturday, reports say. The mayor of Madrid, Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida, approved a decree declaring the orange level of the Municipal Emergency Plan of the Madrid City Council (PEMAM), in coordination with the activation of the Territorial Civil Protection Plan... Еще (PLATERCAM) by the Community of Madrid. These measures give greater powers to the emergency services and enable the Madrid police force to take action to ensure that the decisions taken during the emergency are complied with. The decision to close the terraces has already been noted in the establishments of the Spanish capital. «The influx has dropped, but to a minimum. In other words, not even in January, which is the low season for the hotel industry, have there been so many, so many empty tables both inside and outside [the bar],» said Jose Manuel Gutierrez, manager of the bar El Que Faltaba. Gustavo Goikoetxea, a waiter at the bar La Tia Cebolleta in Madrid did not predict that the situation would improve, saying that the next few weeks could be «a bankruptcy» and «if they don't act quickly, I don't know what will happen.» According to data from the Association of Hoteliers, there are more than 31,000 bars and restaurants in the Community of Madrid, with around 236,000 employees. Spanish President Pedro Sanchez declared a state of alarm over the coronavirus on Thursday. Coronavirus infections have reached 4,209 cases and 120 deaths in Spain, and 1,990 cases and 64 deaths in the Community of Madrid.

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