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Seville is already preparing to move to Phase 2 this Monday, becoming the most populous city in Spain to advance to this point of de-escalation where it will see reduced capacity restrictions in bars, shops and cultural facilities.
Behind the cancellation of the April Fair and Easter, the most economic events in the city throughout the year, local businesses are pinning their hopes on a rapid recovery in these last weeks of spring.
“80% of our spring-summer sale has been totally lost,” says Juan, the owner of a small clothing store in the city center, who, however, is optimistic about the future: “I I wake up every day saying ‘today is going to be a good day, today is going to be a good day’. ”
Shops like yours were already open in phase 1, but with a capacity limit of 30% which, from Monday, it will be expanded to 40%. In addition, stores of more than 400 square meters will be able to open without having to limit their surface to these measures.
Even more important will be the change for the bars and cafes, which until now could only open the terrace and with a capacity of 50% and which, from next week, will be able to start welcoming customers also inside.
“We have seven tables for the entire room we have and now we are restructuring,” says Alberto, the owner of a bar. “We are going to be able to hire more people and make a little cash because the truth is that phase 1 is desperate.”
Locals like hair salons were already running without an appointment during phase 1, but now they expect the general increase in activity in the city have more customers come in than in the past few days.
“We have not lost the illusion and we are waiting for everyone to move a little more and have more customers,” says a barber shop assistant.