Despite the uncertainty about what each day will bring, a business owner in Torremolinos is planning ahead for the reopening of his restaurants, following the model used in other countries which are ahead of us in dealing with the pandemic. José Molina, whose seven businesses include bars, restaurants, discos, tourist apartments and a hostel in the town centre, started installing plexiglass separation screens at his Casa Sista restaurant more than a week ago.
He has made the screens himself with the help of one of his sons, as the workshops are either closed or lack supplies. So far he has made 20. But this isn't the only measure he has planned to generate confidence among his clients.
He has also created an archway of ozonised water spray to disinfect people's clothing at the entrance, and their temperature will be taken before they come on to the premises. "If it's up, we won't let them in," he says. On the terrace there will be sprinklers with the same gas to keep the atmosphere free of infections.
Once inside, as well as the screens, the tables will be two metres away from each other. There will be no printed menu; instead, clients will download it onto their mobile using a QR code.
In the kitchen, all food will be washed with ozonised water, and crockery and glasses will be disinfected with other products. Only disposable tablecloths will be used. "We may only be allowed 50 per cent of our usual capacity, but we want our customers to feel confident and safe," José says.