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Coronavirus pandemic jeopardises thousands of Spanish bars and restaurants

Spain’s cherished saying that there’s “a bar on every corner” is in jeopardy with 85,000 ingesting and consuming institutions going through closure if a coronavirus rebound will get out of management.

That was the warning from the principle hospitality enterprise foyer, which said some 40,000 bars and restaurants had already shut down completely in tourism-dependent Spain which carried out one of Europe’s hardest lockdowns.

The Spanish Hospitality Industry Association added that in a best-case situation, 25,000 extra had been prone to shut by year finish, with one other 20,000 if spikes weren’t contained.

FILE PHOTO: Closed touristic bar terraces are seen in the Bierstrasse street (Miquel Pellisa street) in El Arenal beach, where authorities on Wednesday closed all commercial activities to prevent the crowding of tourists, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 15, 2020.

FILE PHOTO: Closed touristic bar terraces are seen within the Bierstrasse avenue (Miquel Pellisa avenue) in El Arenal seashore, the place authorities on Wednesday closed all business actions to stop the crowding of vacationers, amid the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 15, 2020.
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Spaniards and international vacationers haven’t been ingesting and consuming out as a lot as typical when lockdown ended last month.

“In many cases the heart has been more powerful than the head and many of the businesses opened their doors while losing money,” affiliation president Jose Luis Yzuel advised Reuters on Wednesday.

“How long can (owners) maintain that?” he said, estimating that revenues for the sector had been set to halve in 2020, with losses of round 67 billion euros ($77.49 billion).

FILE PHOTO: People sit at a bar near Barceloneta beach, after Catalonia's regional authorities and the city council announced restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain July 19, 2020.

FILE PHOTO: People sit at a bar close to Barceloneta seashore, after Catalonia’s regional authorities and the city council introduced restrictions to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain July 19, 2020.
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NO TAX CUT

Spain, which has suffered greater than 28,400 deaths and about 266,000 circumstances of the COVID-19 illness, has seen a pointy rise in new infections over the last three weeks, however still at a degree effectively under the height.

Several enterprise teams have created a foyer marketing campaign “Together for hospitality” to hunt assist for a sector that accounts for about 6.2% of GDP and employs 1.7 million folks.

Among their calls for are a brief lower in value-added tax and assist for micro companies, as as much as 70% of the sector are self-employed or have lower than three employees.

FILE PHOTO: A woman and a man sit in a bar as they enjoy the sunny weather at Barceloneta beach, after Catalonia's regional authorities and the city council announced restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain July 19, 2020.

FILE PHOTO: A girl and a person sit in a bar as they benefit from the sunny climate at Barceloneta seashore, after Catalonia’s regional authorities and the city council introduced restrictions to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain July 19, 2020.
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But on Wednesday, Industry and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto dominated out a VAT lower.

“It’s not on the agenda at the moment because it involves a very important budgetary effort and the needs we have to support the various economic sectors are enormous,” he said.

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