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Bar and restaurant owners affected by forced Covid closures: 'The situation is critical'

Deserted bars and restaurants.
Deserted bars and restaurants. / SUR
  • Since last January the turnover has fallen by 80 per cent claims Javier Frutos - head of a Malaga business assocation

The hospitality trade in Malaga has pleaded for help in the face of the closure of all non-essential trade in the city from Wednesday, after the 14-day incidence level for the coronavirus exceeded the 1,000 per 100,000 inhabitants threshold.

The president of Malaga's association of bar and restaurant owners, Javier Frutos, has said, "Such an important sector cannot be closed without enabling any direct help."

Frutos explained that the situation for the entire sector is "very critical" and since last January the turnover has fallen by 80 per cent.

He claimed that the authorities are determined to hold the hospitality sector responsible when most cases occur in social gatherings.

“We are very responsible; we have provided our clients and employees with all the necessary safety measures and yet we continue to be the ones hit,” he said.

The head of the association said that they are considering court action. "We are without economic or image protection," he says. "We are evaluating judicial measures against the authorities who are leading to the total ruin of the sector," he added.