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.