The closure of bars proposed by the Generalitat in Catalonia, and which is pending ratification or not by the justice, is not a pioneering measure in Europe. Many countries have already taken similar initiatives to try to stop the advance of Covid-19. In fact, the Generalitat itself has compared its plan with other France, Britain, Germany, Italy Y Belgium.
Employers’ organizations have announced that they will ask the courts for the immediate suspension of the measures, considering them “disproportionate and arbitrary.” Sources in the sector propose what would happen if the courts agree with them and remember the sainete of August in the Segrià region with orders and counter-orders on the hospitality industry.
The announcement of Govern It has fallen like a blow to businesses that see their only lifeline in the appeal presented to the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia. But if you look up and look around, the news is not optimistic. Or empty bars or full hospitals. This is the dilemma of the Generalitat. Although the governments it claims to emulate have followed very different paths, they all point in the same direction: reducing social contagion.
France, for example, opened the way in early October, when cities like Marsella Y Aix en Provence ordered the closure of bars. They were joined shortly after Paris. The restaurants in the French capital that are still open will have such a strict sanitary protocol (a maximum of six diners per table and customers have to leave their names and phone numbers) that some have chosen to serve food at home or prepare dishes for them. bring your clients home, as now in Catalonia.
Paris has been a “maximum alert zone” since last Sunday, with a cumulative incidence of positives exceeding 250 per 100,000 inhabitants. Prague has an incidence of 483 cases; Brussels, from 396; and Amsterdam, 305. And the countries of all these cities have also opted for the total or partial closure of bars, cafes and restaurants. The incidence in Catalonia is 279.65 in the last 14 days.
The Czech Republic has imposed a partial closure of three weeks. The country, with the highest rate of new infections in the region per 100,000 people, will punish public alcohol consumption. The Netherlands decided yesterday that the shutdown will last at least four weeks. If the coronavirus is not stopped, said Prime Minister Mark Rutte, hospitals will be collapsed “due to the arrival of patients with urgent needs and who could not receive treatment.”
Bars and pubs also remain closed in Northern Ireland and in the worst-hit areas of Scotland, where a middle ground has been chosen that does not satisfy anyone: the premises remain open in the areas with the lowest incidence of Covid-19, but you cannot consume alcohol. In Great Britain, the measures ordered in the cities where closures have been ordered have led to shameful massive bottles, as happened last night in Liverpool. Most of England is at the lowest end of a three-point scale, which implies that hospitality establishments are closed after 10 p.m. Liverpool, at level three, has imposed a total closure. The United Kingdom is the European country with the most fatalities from Covid-19 (more than 42,600).
In Brussels, bars, cafes and nightclubs are closed for a month; in the rest of the country, bars and restaurants will close at 11 pm. Italy and Germany have chosen for the moment to restrict the hours of the bars. Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, has announced that from now on, the decisive moment to impose the new restrictions will be 35 infections per 100,000 cases, and not 50, as was the case until last week.
In Denmark, one of the first countries in Europe to reopen schools last April, infections began to increase at the end of August. In and around Copenhagen, bars, restaurants and nightclubs must close at ten at night. Private parties and weddings must end at the same time.