Spain: Benidorm bar owner praises UK vaccine rollout
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Hotspot Costa Blanca travel destinations, including Alicante and Benidorm, are known for their vibrant nightlife scene. However, until September 7, pandemic restrictions had forced nightclubs to close at 12.30am.
The curfews were in place to limit the spread of coronavirus and were enforced by the regional Valencian government.
Benidorm’s mayor, Toni Perez, had accused the Valencian government of “betraying” the tourism sector after the Costa Blanca saw a lot of holiday cancellations due to restrictions.
With the lifting of nightlife curfews, nightclubs can now open until 3am, and last service will be at 2.30am.
This will be welcome news to many British tourists who enjoy visiting the Costa Blanca for its exciting and varied nightlife venues.
UK tourists normally account for 40 percent of visitors to Benidorm.
Valencian mayor, Ximo Puig, said: “Today begins the safe, progressive, and gradual reopening towards normality in the Valencian community.”
Over 80 percent of people in the region have now been fully vaccinated, and infection rates and hospital admissions have fallen across the region.
The Costa Blanca is currently on the UK’s amber list.
The news is not quite so good for restaurants and bars in the Costa Blanca, which will still have to close at 12.30am.
This means last service will be half an hour earlier at 12am.
However, all hospitality traders will now be able to serve eight guests at one table indoors and ten guests outdoors. The previous indoor limit was six.
While nightclubs will be able to keep the party going for longer, they are still only able to operate at 50 percent capacity.
Dancing is still prohibited in Costa Blanca nightlife venues so British revellers will have to follow restrictions.
Entertainment venues will now have a 1,500 indoor capacity limit while 3000 guests will be allowed at outdoor venues.
There’s good news for British tourists who enjoy watching sport events in the Costa Blanca as venues can now operate at 60 percent capacity.
It is hoped that the lifting of Costa Blanca restrictions will encourage British tourists to return to the region for their holidays.
The new rules are expected to last until September 27. From the end of September, the plan is to extend opening hours and capacity numbers further.
More restrictions are expected to be lifted in the Costa Blanca if hospital admissions remain low.
British travellers to the Costa Blanca must follow the UK’s amber list restrictions on arriving back in the UK.
Double- vaccinated travellers must take a pre-departure test before arriving in the UK and a PCR test on or before day two after arrival from Spain.
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