Spain holidays: Bars and restaurants face ‘total ruin’ in Murcia as covid rules tighten

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Spain holidays will be off the cards to Britons over the next four weeks as England is plunged into a four-week lockdown. The lockdown will begin on November 5 and will end on December 2. During that time, holidays abroad and overnight stays anywhere in the UK will be banned.

The UK’s coronavirus case count reached over a million on the weekend.

Spain’s coronavirus case rate is also on the rise, hitting more than 1.3 million over the last few days.

The country has been recording around 20,000 new cases a day.

Spain was branded the worst hit country in Europe, however, it has recently been pipped by France which has recorded almost 1.5 million cases.

Spain and other countries in Europe are introducing more stringent coronavirus measures to halt the spread of the deadly virus.

On October 25, the Spanish government introduced a nationwide “State of Emergency” which included a national overnight curfew.

Regional governments in Spain also have legal powers to impose restrictions if it’s deemed necessary.

Some of the rules put in place locally include entry and exit restrictions.

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The region of Murcia has had travel restrictions put in place which the region’s leading hospitality association has declared could lead to “total ruin” for the sector.

Hostemur president Jesus Jimenez said the Christmas period has been “lost” thanks to the new restrictions.

He added that difficulties could “possibly” continue into the Easter season.

Mr Jimenez told Olive Press: “Travel restrictions between municipalities in the Murcia region as well as between different areas of the country will lead to the total ruin of the hospitality sector.”

He added: “In June they told us that the virus had been defeated and that they were going to try and get things back to normal.

“New restrictions are seeing other sectors being supported with freedom of movement but that does not apply to hospitality.”

He warned that bars, restaurants and hotels may not be able to “take any more”.

The hospitality chief added that restaurants are “in effect closed” due to curfews and capacity requirements in Murcia.

He said: “The 11pm curfew in Murcia means that restaurants are losing they evening diners and with just 30 percent interior capacity along with the new travel restrictions, they are in effect closed.”

And it’s not just the hospitality industry that is being impacted.

A new survey by the European Union has suggested that flights to and from Alicante’s airport have collapsed.

The Alicante-Elche airport’s passenger numbers have taken a huge hit with levels equivalent to those last seen in 1973.

The survey, conducted by the Eurostars group for the European Commission, said there are just 38 services scheduled at the airport.

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