Barcelona, Apr 25 (EFE) .- The acting Interior Minister, Miquel Sàmper, said this Sunday that the Procicat is already studying to approve next week the extension of the opening hours of the restaurant sector if the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sàmper has spoken of this possibility this Sunday in interviews on the Catalunya Ràdio station and the 3/24 television network, in which he has also recognized that the nightlife sector has been, by far, “the most affected” for the closures decreed to contain the pandemic.
The minister explained that the relaxation measures that come into effect tomorrow are valid for one week and that these and new ones will be re-analyzed after seven days depending on the evolution of the pandemic.
The Procicat, the body of the Generalitat that decrees the restriction measures for the coronavirus, is already studying the claim of the restoration sector and the Barcelona City Council to extend its hours beyond five in the afternoon, the minister has indicated.
“We will work on the modifications that may exist. If in this plateau (which draws the data of the pandemic) there is a slight downward change, there will be some measure,” he assured.
The minister has influenced, however, that the measures are adopted to “not fall into the mistakes of last summer”, when decisions were agreed “very quickly”, which led “to take one step forward and two backward”.
Sàmper has anticipated that, in any case, when the restoration is allowed to reopen at night it will be “on the terrace, with exterior ventilation”, and has pointed out that, in the medium term, it is necessary to “consider” improvements in the interior of the locals.
In this sense, he has pointed out that in order to guarantee the safety of the premises, a minimum level of ventilation must be provided, which, in general, is not available at this time, so “you have to start” thinking about “investments. “on that line.
The minister has been optimistic about the possibility that, come autumn or winter, the opening of the interior of the restaurants will not be prevented due to lack of good ventilation thanks to the evolution of the pandemic.
“We hope not to have sudden episodes,” said the minister due to the effect of vaccination and the drop in mortality. “This will get better, sure,” he added, hoping that, until then, “an unknown variant”, “more aggressive”, does not come.
Sàmper has acknowledged that the nightlife sector is “the hardest hit” by the restrictions due to the pandemic, and has rejoiced in this regard. of the pilot test in which the sector and the administration are working to develop at night soon in four locations in Sitges.
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