The hospitality industry denounces that there is no evidence of outbreaks in their premises



The association that represents the bars and restaurants of Tenerife has appealed the closure of the interior of its premises before the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC). The measure, derived from the change in the island’s health alert situation to level 3, is “limiting, prohibitive, unfounded and disproportionate” in the opinion of Association of Restoration and Leisure Companies (Aero).

These businessmen maintain that there is no scientific evidence to show that indoor consumption has been the trigger for the increase in cases in the last two weeks. In addition, the decision of the Canary Islands Government It will cause “irreparable damage” ranging from the closure of many of these small businesses to the disproportionate increase in their costs by having to dispose of products in stock.

The measures, in his opinion, are unfounded and will significantly undermine his reputation by being directly identified as causing the problem. «The Government of the Canary Islands wants to do something but does not know what it wants to do. It acts as when the plague was fought with processions and prayers or the cause was attributed to the Jews “, they criticize in the text of the appeal. “He wants to give a message to the population and he does it without foundation, destroying jobs, affecting working conditions, hitting families and companies.”

Irreparable.

These new restrictions – which in addition to closing the interiors will force them to close at 11:00 pm – will have irreparable effects. The main one, the “immediate reduction of customers and income” and the inevitable “reduction of the workforce”. To all this must be added the damage to the image of these businesses, designated as “sources of the rebound in infections.”

Unfounded.

According to Aero, there is no “scientific evidence” to support this decision. At this point they remember the report prepared by the General Directorate of Public Health presented last week. It included an analysis of the epidemiological situation on the island where, they insist, “the lack of solid arguments about the risk to public health and its causes is recognized.” The situation, they value, has been described from ignorance and lack of information.

No sprouts.

“Of all the shoots produced in Tenerife, only one has taken place in a restaurant establishment”, they highlight. There is no proven link or evidence between this type of economic activity and the increase in cases, but the measures “are focused on and are especially restrictive for the hotel and restaurant industry.”

Arbitrariness.

At this point, the businessmen of the bars and restaurants point out that the measures applied in other sectors have been significantly more lax. “This is all the more arbitrary when compared to those applied to large commercial surfaces or the holding of concerts programmed in closed spaces.” As an example they cite the concerts planned in the Tenerife Auditorium within the Canary Islands Music Festival (FMC), organized by the Government itself, or events scheduled for upcoming dates in auditoriums and municipal theaters. They also charge in this appeal against the health administration of the Autonomous Community that “concentrates hundreds of people at the doors of public hospitals, queues enormously to proceed with vaccination without keeping a safe distance due to lack of space or adequate programming” . In addition, they criticize that no compensatory economic measures have been established. In their final argument they recall that the hotel industry remains open in the rest of the islands of the Archipelago and that has not produced an increase in cases of covid-19. “In conclusion, avoiding irreversible economic, business and reputational damage to the hotel and catering sector through the application of restrictive and prohibitive, unfounded and disproportionate measures, constitute a circumstance of special urgency that demands the immediate suspension of these acts.” That is why they request that the agreement of the Government of the Canary Islands be annulled and that the limitations of level 2 be returned.

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