The Junta de Andalucia announced its revised regulations last night, due to come into effect at midnight on Friday. Having read through them, my first reaction is to quote John Lennon in “Merry Christmas, War is Over”.
“And so this is Christamas…and WHAT HAVE YOU DONE???”
Let’s just recap on the new rules
From the 12th to the 17th December 12 -17
Movement is permitted between municipalities within each province
Shops open until 9:00 p.m.
Hospitality open until 6pm.
Curfew starts at 22:00.
From December 18 to 10th January 10
Movement permitted between provinces.
Bars and restaurants with split hours: closing at 6:00p.m, and then re-opening from 8pm until 10:30p.m.
Shops: regular hours.
Curfew: between 11pm and 6am.
For the specific Christmas dates:
From December 23 to January 6:
Entry and exit of Andalucia permitted
The concept of “allegado” (close friend) has not been accepted, so social meetings over the Christmas period may only be with family members, and crossing the Andalucia border over these dates may only be permitted to be with family. There will be a maximum of 10 people allowed in a family home for December 24th, 25th, 31st, and January 1st.
Finally the Curfew for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve: starts at 1.30am.
While you can broadly agree with the movement restrictions, it’s the bar and restaurant rules that make little sense. Especially the closing between 6-8.30pm. Unless the “comittee of experts” have made the breakthrough discovery that the virus is particularly rampant at these times, what is the reason for it. And while the curfew might be extended through to 1.30am on New Year’s Eve, you won’t be able to see in 2021 in your favourite bar or restaurant.
For a hospitality industry that needed a lifeline, these restrictions will do little to ease the pain. 2021 is going to pick up where 2020 left off…
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