Catalunya relaxes the restrictions in hospitality and nightlife. As of this Friday, bars and restaurants will be able to close half an hour later, at 1.00 in the morning, and the outdoor spaces of nightclubs and music bars may open until 3.00. For now, the reopening of the interior of the discos is resisting, despite the demands of the sector.
Catalonia remains the community with the toughest restrictions on nightlife. The Government, despite pressure from the sector and institutions such as the Barcelona City Council after the macro-bottles that have occurred during the summer, has ruled out the relaxation of restrictions on nightlife until there is a significant reduction in infections. The rest of the limitations, such as the prohibition of meetings of 10 people, are no longer in force.
After a brief reopening at the end of June, when the Generalitat authorized the nightlife to reopen until three in the morning, with dance floors enabled and without the need to keep the safety distance but with a mandatory mask, the escalation of contagion of The beginning of July led to the new closure of the sector.
All attempts by the Catalan Federation of Restoration and Musical Activities (Fecasarm), the sector’s employer’s association, to reopen have met with the refusal of the courts. The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has repeatedly rejected the precautionary measures proposed by the employer to revoke the closure of nightclubs and extend the hours of bars and restaurants, which today must close at 00:30.
At the beginning of September, the TSJC spoiled Fecasarm that it intended to suspend the restrictions against the coronavirus and replace them with other measures without providing evidence of the economic damage they cause to the sector, and concluded that a “similar effectiveness” has not been proven for the control of the pandemic and contain epidemic outbreaks between the restriction of activity in closed nightlife spaces and their opening with access control, as proposed by the employer.