A 200-STRONG motorcade drove round Alicante City today(November 11) in protest over the state of the local hospitality industry.

The demonstration was organised by hospitality associations APEHA, Alroa, and ARA who want national and regional government financial aid.

They say that the sector is facing ‘total run’ because of the pandemic rules on opening and capacity levels.

Alroa president, Javier Galdeano said: “Nightlife businesses have been closed for a long time, so they cannot have been the cause of new contagions over the last three months.”

Galdeano commented that official figures show that less than 3% of COVID-19 outbreaks have been directly attributed to the hospitality trade.

“The sector could continue to function and infection rates would be very similar. We do not understand it,” he added.

Bars and restaurants in Alicante Province had to restrict capacity to just 30% indoors from last weekend, going up to 50% on terraces.

Nightclubs and late bars have been shut since mid-August.

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