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Bars On Spain's Costa Del Sol Could Open From 25 May

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Bars On Spain's Costa Del Sol Could Open From 25 May

Bars on the Costa del Sol could start reopening from 25 May.

The President of Andalusia, Juanma Moreno, has proposed reopening some of the region's shops and restaurants next month in a bid to help boost the economy following weeks of lockdown.

According to reports, following a phone call with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Mr Moreno announced that he wanted to see smaller businesses, such as hairdressers and salons, open from 11 May, with bars opening two weeks later.

The regional government has also proposed allowing funerals - without a wake - to take place from 18 May.

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Speaking at Sevilla's Palacio de San Telmo, Mr Moreno confirmed that these policies had been raised with the Ministry of Health ahead of a meeting of the Council of Ministers on Tuesday (28 April).

President Juanma Moreno wants bars and restaurants in Andalusia to open from 25 May. Credit: PA
President Juanma Moreno wants bars and restaurants in Andalusia to open from 25 May. Credit: PA

And while Mr Moreno is wary that he may have made his pleas too late to make a difference in the government's decision, he is hopeful businesses in the region will reopen soon.

The proposals have been met with excitement among local bar and restaurant owners.

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Speaking to Euro Weekly News, Wendy Bradshaw from Brad's Bar in Torreblanca, said she was itching to get back to work and was going to celebrate the news.

She told the publication: "Myself, Steph and Emma can't wait to get back to work. This is the news we wanted to hear for a long time.

"We are going to celebrate tonight with a tipple and then start planning in the morning. This is fantastic news for all bar owners across the coast."

The leisure industry has struggled since the country was put into lockdown. Credit: PA
The leisure industry has struggled since the country was put into lockdown. Credit: PA
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It comes after the Spanish government announced that nationwide lockdown measures were to be relaxed to allow residents out for exercise.

Over the weekend, kids enjoyed their first taste of freedom in weeks as the country partially relaxed some of its social distancing rules.

As of yesterday (26 April), children under the age of 14 are allowed to spend one hour a day outdoors for exercise. This must take place between the hours of 9am and 9pm, and they must also stay with one kilometre of their homes.

Some of the country's beaches are even open for local children to enjoy their hour's worth of exercise, under supervision.

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Kids will be able to use bikes, skateboards or scooters to exercise, but public parks are currently still locked down. Children aren't allowed to play or socialise with kids outside of their family group.

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Topics: Interesting, Coronavirus, Spain

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