A waitress checks a coustomers covid passport. | M.À. CAÑELLAS
The PIMEM association which represents small and medium-sized businesses in Mallorca reported last week that due to the new wave of Covid and the introduction of Covid passports for restaurants and cafés of 50 seats or more, takings were down by 40 per cent and Christmas bookings by 50 per cent. The president, Eugènia Cusi, and vice-president, Helmut Clemens, questioned the legitimacy of the passports, a potential infringement on personal rights to health privacy. They took the regional government to task about why hospitality was being stigmatized when there was no evidence to suggest that the industry was the focus of Covid transmission.