Increasing terrace size is being contemplated on health grounds.

22-10-2012Jaume Morey

The Palma federation of residents associations has expressed its opposition to the possible increase in the number of bar/restaurant terraces and in their size. The town hall is considering these increases as a response to coronavirus.

The federation argues that if terrace space is increased, the space for pedestrians will be reduced, making it difficult for pedestrians to maintain a two-metre distance. Given current forecasts for tourism, the federation points out that "practically all available space" will be for the people of Palma and therefore believes that the request for more terrace space from the bar/restaurant sector is "a pretext to be able to achieve enlargement and to keep it".

"From our point of view," says the federation, "requesting an expansion of terraces is out of context, absurd and, above all, selfish and lacking in solidarity".

The federation also wonders how the town hall will determine 30% occupancy of terraces if there are no specifications in the public way bylaw as to the number of tables and chairs. For this reason, it wants the town hall to amend the bylaw in order to specify numbers.

In conclusion, the federation states that terraces are an important ingredient for revitalising the city so long as they respect "bylaws, the environment, coexistence, public health and safety, and an abandonment of the current economic model based on 'massification' and speculation".

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Kristian / Hace about 1 year

Phil

Most of them live in their apartment, and do not care about tourism. They just want their peace.

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Phil / Hace about 1 year

These residents are idiots. When bars & restaurants are only allowed to open up terraces and fill them with 30% of normal capacity, we should give them all the help they need. Don't these people realise if all these places go bust and there are empty shops boarded up, their property prices will plummet. Maybe they are too thick to care?

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Ben / Hace about 1 year

These people really need to get a life! I invite them to spend another few months in lockdown for the benefit of the rest of the public who shouldn't have to be around such idiots!

The terraces should be allowed to expand to accommodate people safely, not restricted!

I think most of us would love to know who these people are to send them a letter telling them what we think of their antiquated, bigoted and absurd ideas!

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