Costa Del Sol’s bars and restaurants now opening as early as May 25 – The Sun

BARS and restaurants across the Costa del Sol could open to tourists as soon as May 25.
The plans follow the easing of the lockdown in Spain, with kids now allowed to go outside if accompanied by an adult.

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Spain enforced one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, with the easing of outdoor activity taking place after six weeks of the new rules.

While play parks are still closed, and swimming in the sea is banned, kids are being allowed out for an hour a day between 9am and 9pm.

Beaches are beginning to re-open, although social distancing is still in place, and initial plans for the opening of bars was suggested for June.

Now, it could be as early as May.

Andalucia’s President Juanma Moreno is to propose restaurants and bars to open from May 25, while other shops could open from May 11.

Local establishments praised the news, claiming it was "fantastic" and are offering "drinks on the house".

However, it is unlikely to be international tourists being welcomed, including Brits, as countries outside of Spain still ban non-essential travel.

Trips to Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca and Formentera are already off the cards for holidaymakers from the UK because the country waited too long to go into lockdown.

President of Benidorm's British Businesses Association, Karen Maling Cowles also told Sun Online Travel that it was unlikely that Brits would be allowed there either during peak holiday season.

Domestic tourism will be the first to return, while bars and cafes will also still need to keep social distancing in place.

According to Euro Weekly, president of the Spanish Hospitality Industry  Jose Luis Yzuel also said that bars will have to supply hand sanitisers, prove they undergo extreme cleaning, get their staff tested and increase the distance between tables on the terraces.

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Bar owners are already boasting about slashing prices for a pint of lager across the Costa Del Sol and Costa Blanca, as bars fight to attract business following the lockdown.

Local bar owner Mark Sutherland, who owns a beachfront business on the Costa Del Sol's Fuengirola told Euro Weekly News: "Bring it on. Firstly why would someone want to go to Benidorm when they can have some extra class on the Costa del Sol, [but] if it’s down to cheap beer, we can also look at playing that game."

Brits could find beer prices as low as 50p when heading to Spain after the coronavirus pandemic.


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