Major European cities take action due to second wave of COVID-19

Cierre de restaurantes en Europa por rebrote de COVID-19. photo VD: David alfaro.
By Hector Murcia

La segunda ola de COVID-19 en Europa es ya un hecho y sus principales ciudades están tomando medidas para tratar de controlarla. Cities like paris, Roma, London, Brussels, Madrid, Barcelona and Berlin are closing their bars and restaurants to avoid the concentration of people in closed places.

Although there is no homogeneity in the measures taken, all focus on these leisure establishments.

París fue la primera ciudad en actuar, ya que a finales del pasado mes de septiembre ordenó que los bares cerraran a las 10:00 p.m., but nevertheless, the 5 October took extreme measures and decided to close these establishments for a week.

Cierre de restaurantes en Europa por rebrote de COVID-19. photo VD: Stock Image.

Meanwhile, UK authorities keep closing hours at 10:00 p.m. en todo el país a excepción de Liverpool donde hoy se ha tomado la medida de cerrar bares y restaurantes.

While the Belgian capital, Brussels, headquarters of the European Union, keeps bars and cafes closed for a month, from the 5 October.

A little more extreme are the measures taken by the authorities of the Czech Republic, que han ordenado el cierre de bares, restaurants and even schools across the country, at least until 3 of November.

Cierre de restaurantes en Europa por rebrote de COVID-19. photo VD: Stock Image.

Other cities like Rome have been less restrictive, since the leisure establishments can be open until midnight. While in Madrid, bars and restaurants continue to function normally until 10:00 p.m.

The last city to join these measures, although with many more restrictions, it has been Barcelona, donde sus autoridades han determinado que se cierren los bares y restaurantes, In addition, non-professional sports activities will be prohibited and capacity limitations are imposed for trade, gyms and culture, like the cinema.

Ante este panorama de nuevos cierres de establecimientos de comercio y ocio debido a la segunda ola de contagios de COVID-19, el sector de hotelería principalmente, ve con mucha preocupación estas medidas, for example, in France it is expected that by the end of this year, a 30% of leisure establishments will permanently close.

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