The Costa del Sol tourism industry hopes that the restrictions introduced on Wednesday by Andalusian president Juanma Moreno will come with an aid package for businesses. The president of the Costa del Sol hoteliers association (Aehcos), Luis Callejón Suñé, said that businesses were "running out of oxygen".
The fact that half of Andalusians cannot leave their towns and that the region has closed its doors to the rest of the country until 9 November has put paid to any hopes of business this All Saints holiday weekend. Saying the situation was "unsustainable", Callejón Suñé called for urgent aid: "We hope they realise what we're going through and that we can't cope any longer."
The president of the Andalusian Confederation of Tourism Businesses (CEA), Miguel Sánchez, said that the curfew and the closure of borders is a setback that has come at the worst possible time for the industry, and aggravates an already "chaotic" situation.
"If the authorities don't act now, it will be a total disaster," said Sánchez, demanding a clearly defined rescue plan for the tourism industry.