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Protests erupt in Covid-hit Barcelona as bars and eating places shut for 15 days


As new coronavirus restrictions got here into power throughout Spain’s Catalonia, bar and restaurant employees took to the streets to protest the 15-day closure of the hospitality sector, warning their business is at risk of “extinction.”

Roughly 1,000 hospitality employees gathered in and across the Plaza de Sant Jaume, in Barcelona’s historic heart, on Friday to reject the regional authorities’s determination to shut bars and eating places for a fortnight amid a surge in new infections. 

A lot of the protests have been peaceable, with demonstrators banging pots and pans collectively as they highlighted the influence of the brand new Covid-19 restrictions on companies and jobs.

Demonstrators chanted “don’t shut us,” “authorities resign,” and “we’re not guilty” as they expressed their anger over the regional administration’s determination. The demonstrations additionally blocked visitors and main roads as teams marched across the metropolis. 

Police in riot gear have been deployed as tensions grew and a few protestors hurled eggs, fruit and even plates on the headquarters of the Catalan authorities. 

One banner, held by a protestor in a panda costume, learn “In peril of extinction. Pandas and hospitality employees united by a trigger.” 

The announcement that bars and eating places would shut got here on Wednesday as interim regional chief Pere Aragones mentioned that Catalonia wanted to behave now with a view to keep away from a full lockdown sooner or later. The brand new restrictions have been introduced as Covid-19 infections in Catalonia surpassed 250 instances per 100,000 folks. 

The hospitality sector should shut utterly for 15 days below the measures, excluding takeaway and supply providers. Purchasing facilities and gymnasiums have additionally been pressured to cut back their capability, whereas face-to-face lessons at universities have been cancelled and all non-professional sports activities competitions suspended. 

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Spain has collectively registered 921,374 infections and 33,553 deaths because the coronavirus pandemic started, in accordance with authorities figures. On Thursday the nation registered a close to document for day by day infections at 13,318, together with one other 140 deaths.

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