People at a bar

People at a bar.

28-12-2021ALESSANDRO DI MARCO

It has been a nightmare Christmas for many local restaurants and my heart goes out to their owners and staff. I was chatting to one restaurant owner who told me that his suppliers had been asking him to order for Christmas early because of the threatened transport strike. He did so gambling that a good festive period would save the day and overcome the big financial outlay. But days before Christmas the cancellations started to come in as the number of Covid cases rose and also it appears that relatively large numbers of people still do not have their Covid passport.

Instead of packed restaurant it was a case of half full...or half empty. I know another local restaurant which had a packed house for Christmas only to find that a table of 24 cancelled because one of the party had Covid only hours before they were due to sit down. The list goes on. Unfortunately, there is little or nothing that can be done to avert this state of affairs but it just underlines how local businesses are suffering. Restaurants are taking a gamble every time they buy fresh meat, fish or vegetables at the moment. The whole situation can change within hours.

The local government is talking about new restrictions, this could include a limit on the number of people sitting together in a restaurant so it could mean more trouble on the horizon. It must be remembered that the restaurant trade is one of the biggest employers in Spain...the industry may soon need help because Covid has meant last orders for some.

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Chrissie / Hace about 1 month

Gibraltar (100% vaccinated, insane lockdown measures and masks) has exactly the same covid fatality rate of 0.3% than the cruise-ship Diamond Princess (0% vaccinated, 0 measures, 0 masks).

Meaning all those insane measures, costing millions of jobs, destroying millions of businesses, did prevent exactly 0 illnesses and 0 deaths. It was for nothing.

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Charles / Hace about 1 month

We wouldn’t have a problem if politicians stuck to politics, or better still stayed at home, and let the rest of us get on with our lives.

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Stephen / Hace about 1 month

And this is because people like you and this newspaper continue to ramp up the call for further restrictions

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Mark / Hace about 1 month

Spain is bankrupt and on the EU umbillical cord for money. What help can you expect here..... Sad.

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