The Generalitat of Valencia and the hostelry industry will begin to negotiate the way in which they will begin to reopen the establishments once the current restrictions are lifted. The Department of Universal Health and Public Health has reported the creation of a working group with the leisure sector to collect their proposals and take them into account for the next de-escalation plan.
The first contact is scheduled for today, Tuesday, 16th February at 4.30 p.m., and will be attended by the Minister of Health, Ana Barceló, and the regional secretary for Tourism, Francesc Colomer, along with representatives of the sectors involved. Health sources have indicated that the objective is to “analyse and plan the measures that the next de-escalation plan will include”, and create “a work table so that future de-escalation proposals can be collected, debated and considered. Hostelry is the economic sector that is suffering the most from the effects of the pandemic.”
The industry in the entire Valencian Community has been closed since last 21st January, except for very specific exceptions such as orders to take away or at home delivery, or in the service areas of travel routes. In the towns that were confined to the perimeter between 6th and 20th January, the establishments were already closed. This is the case in the province of Alcoy, Castalla and Polop, whose bars, restaurants and cafeterias have already been unable to open for more than a month.