This week and given the increase in coronavirus cases, the debate has been reopened in several autonomous communities about the need or not to close bars and hotels or limit their hours to the maximum.
In recent days many measures have changed and it is difficult to find two autonomous communities with the same restrictions. Even within each community there are different levels of alert and there may be a municipality with everything closed, but the one next door with its bars and restaurants open.
We have unified the great criteria on this map. We can see that there are two clear extremes and it has nothing to do with the ruling party: the total closure of the hospitality industry, carried out by Valencian Community, Castilla La Mancha, Murcia and La Rioja. On the other hand, there are some more permissive communities, such as Madrid and Aragon which, although they also have limitations, allow the hotel business to open until 9:10 p.m.
And in the rest of European countries?
We have analyzed the restrictions of 30 countries on hospitality and we have found that 22 of them have closed bars and restaurants. This includes those with the worst epidemiological situation such as the Czech Republic. Ireland, Sweden or Cyprus. These 22 countries can only serve food at home and prepare orders for customers to pick up at the window, but without entering the establishment. In many of these countries the hospitality industry has not just closed, they have been closed for months. For example, in Germany since November 2.
Among those that do allow their bars and restaurants to be opened there are some Nordic countries such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland or Estonia. In central Europe we have only the case of Romania, which will reopen them tomorrow. Two Mediterranean states also have their bars open: Malta and Italy. Italy, by the way, only in some regions, much of the country is also closed.