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Sevilla, along with Córdoba and Jaén, is getting hit with the same new restrictions that Madrid and Granada had imposed on them a couple of weeks ago. The measures will come into effect this Sunday, once they are published in the Official Gazette of the Junta de Andalucía. This rant post is mostly about how it’s going to affect the hospitality industry here.

Among the new measures announced by the Minister of Health…

  • the closing of bars and restaurants in the aforementioned capitals at 10 p.m. and the limitation of the capacity to 50 percent both on the terraces and indoors.
  • In restaurants and bars of the use of masks it will be mandatory both inside and on the terraces, masks can only be removed while eating or drinking.
  • people who do sports outdoors must always wear their ask if they are near other people.
  • possible curfew from 11.00 pm to 6.00 am.

Frankly I am in favour of this as it pertains to us as clients. None of this is hard for us to do, though I do understand that further limiting the number of people allowed at bars and restaurants, and shortening the opening hours (making it sooooo different from usual Spanish eating times) will be a blow to an already struggling industry, though hopefully this will be a temporary measure. But this is where we can do better as supportive friends and clients by not “punishing” bars by refusing to eat a bit earlier in the evenings, and also by sticking to the rules. Owners and staff have enough to be dealing with right now without adding “policing” to their roles.

None of this is a deterrent to me at all. Quite the opposite. I am more likely to go to a bar or restaurant where groups are limited to six or less and where people have to wear their masks when they aren’t eating and drinking. That will feel like a real relief, as I’ve had several unpleasant – even scary – experiences at some bars/restaurants over the past couple of months. I won’t name the locations but I ended up leaving in a panic and later counting the days to rule out having been infected. So far, so lucky.

But there are many – and I mean MANY – places out there that have been busting their butts since reopening in June to make sure they are complying with all the Covid rules, and to also ensure that both their staff and clients are as safe as possible. And then reckless assholes come along and blow all their efforts to shit. Though I’ve also seen some bar owners and staff getting a bit lax about wearing their masks properly or with disinfecting. Whatever.

My point (yes, I have one this time! 😉 ) is that with these new restrictions coming in I think it’s time for us to stop blaming and complaining and start properly helping out. I mean would locals prefer to dine out a bit earlier than they are used to, or do they prefer to lose their favourite tapas bars and restaurants? It’s that simple. Enough of this whiny I WANT MY OLD LIFE BACK bullshit. We need to come together as a society in each of our cities and towns, in each of our neighbourhoods, and do what we can to help each other with the reality we are facing. Because what’s happening IS happening whether we like it or not. So now what do we do?