Restaurants, bars and hotels closed at night. “This will weigh heavily on truck drivers,” Spanish carries rumble with discontent
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In mid-August, the Spanish Ministry of Health decided to implement a special measure to limit the spread of COVID-19. It provides for the closure of catering and hotel facilities at night. This restriction makes work of truck drivers difficult, alerts Fenadismer, a federation of carrier associations.
On 14th August, the Spanish Ministry of Health published a series of guidelines aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus, which are to be implemented by the Autonomous Communities (the Spanish equivalent of Polish provinces).
They require, for example, closing bars, restaurants and hotel facilities at night, with no exceptions. Similar restrictions were introduced in Spain at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. And again, these measures create problems for workers in the transport industry and other sectors performing night work.
As Fenadismer explains, these facilities must be closed at 1 a.m. at night and cannot serve new customers from midnight.
The provision doesn’t take into account the needs of professional groups working at night, for example, thousands of drivers carrying out transport that is crucial for the Spanish society and industry, Fenadismer criticises the guidelines.
Let us recall that at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, following the introduction of the state of emergency in Spain, the authorities also imposed the closure of all catering and hotel facilities. Under the transport industry pressure, regulations were finally introduced to allow the opening of some restaurants and hotels exclusively to serve truck drivers and other key industries employees in the era of coronavirus.