Salou entrepreneur on hunger strike demanding nightlife reopening

by Lorraine Williamson
hunger strike demanding nightlife reopening in Salou

SALOU – A businessman from Salou (Tarragona) has gone on a hunger strike to demand nightlife reopening. Eduardo Abenojar is also president of the Association for Recovery and Nightlife of the tourist coastal town. 

Abenójar started his hunger strike on Monday at 12:30 pm and sits in front of the City Hall. He is demanding a fast and clear timetable from the authorities for the nightlife reopening. The businessman protests against sanitation restrictions for hospitality.  Furthermore, he says they are “arbitrary, disproportionate and ineffective”. Corona infections continue as a result of illegal activities including home parties and other large gatherings, he argues. 

Static demonstration for nightlife reopening

The Salou Hospitality and Nightlife Association also organised a demonstration in Plaza Bonet (Nautical Club) demanding the reactivation of nightlife. The protest will be static, as required by the Catalan government’s Department of Internal Affairs. Also, in this context, the organisers blame the municipality for not applying this condition in other mobilisations. 

The Federation of Hospitality and Nightlife FECASARM has long advocated a complete reopening of the sector. Moreover, nightlife has been completely closed for months and lunches and dinners make up 70% of the revenues. 

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Admission right via QR code 

FECASARM proposes to apply the right of admission to people who have already been vaccinated with two doses or who can present a negative test result and who can demonstrate this by means of a non-transferable QR code. 

Therefore, the association will present a pilot test to the regional government this week. According to the association there must be a system that can be part of the solution to the current level of infection, as it will detect many asymptomatic positives. 

As additional sanitary measures, FECASARM proposes the obligation to wear a mouth mask except at the exact time of drinking or eating, the commissioning of devices for air and surface disinfection and other control measures. 

Opening the catering industry is feasible, but there is no political will 

Abenojar points out that it is “feasible” to open catering establishments and nightclubs. However, due to a “lack of political will” this is not happening and that instead of “using legal options like a firewall, illegal parties are now being encouraged. “. 


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