Spain’s Benidorm cafes opened today on the first day of phase 1 lockdown relaxation.
According to ABRECA (Benidorm’s bar, café and restaurant association) approximately 10% of the town’s cafes opened today. With restrictions in place for social distancing and spacing of tables on terraces. There are some limitations, however, it is great start to the road to normality. Terraces are permitted to remain open until 11pm.
Spain’s Benidorm cafes with terraces allowed to reopen
After nearly 2 months of lockdown, the town appeared to be buzzing today with people meeting up for coffees and beers on terraced cafes throughout the town.
Police forces are carefully monitoring the situation to avoid abuse of the restrictions, but the atmosphere in general seemed euphoric.
Many terraces I passed today have sensible spacing between tables, and face masks were prevalent. Small groups of friends sitting together, but no overcrowding that I saw.
Mayor Toni Pérez said “Normality has been the dominant trend of the first day of Phase 1 of the de-escalation in Benidorm”.
Toni Pérez appealed ” to the individual responsibility of individuals and also to employers and workers. We must be scrupulous over compliance with health regulations. We hope that the degree of compliance in terms of gauging and distances is complete. As a consequence, normality will continue to prevail and this 1st Phase can proceed as expected. We have not gained anything and we must be very aware that if we are in phase 1 it is due to the effort of our health workers. The work of basic and essential services and the confinement, exemplary and exemplary so far, of the people of Benidorm.”
The AICO (Independent Association of Merchants in Benidorm) who calculate that 60% of Benidorm is tourist related and 40% for residents believe that 80% of residential businesses have opened today (This includes shops and hair dressers etc). All sanitary guidelines appear to be being adhered to.
In addition, the free disinfection service offered by Benidorm Council has continued, being carried out daily along with other services ensuring as many public places as possible are sanitized. Special attention being shown to public seating areas and benches. Churches were allowed to reopen their doors today.
Benidorm also reopens its sports facilities from Monday morning and its Verge del Sofratge and Sant Jaume cemeteries to the public between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.