A HOSPITALITY association claims that bars and restaurants will lose €5.5 million each day across the Valencian Community when a night-time curfew starts next week.

The forecast comes from the Hostelería de los Barrios de Valencia.

They also say that a midnight closure will in reality be 11.30pm as terrace tables and chairs will have to be cleared.

A further blow for the struggling hospitality industry is the news that the curfew will be coupled with a return to ‘State of Alarm’ restrictions last seen in May and June.

The Valencian Community has been placed in a nationally-agreed ‘Alert Level Two’ of measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.

That means that bars and restaurants will only be able to operate at 50 per cent of their indoor area with a maximum of six people at a table.

Capacity will be at 75 per cent on terraces with a limit of ten people in a group.

Distance between tables must be maintained at two metres.

Nightlife businesses like clubs and cocktail bars have been closed in the region since mid-August.

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