24th May 2024
Passeig de la Ribera in Sitges
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Terraces in Sitges to keep the extra space … temporarily

Restaurants and bars in Sitges will be able to continue maintaining the space that they gained for their terraces back in 2020, at the onset of the pandemic, thanks to an extension made by the Town Council during this latest sixth wave of Covid. The measure, however, does not specify how long the extension will last.

At the beginning of 2022, bars and restaurants with terraces on public roads were due to return to pre-Covid areas. In the Spring of 2020, the Sitges Town Council – like many other municipalities across the country – had decreed measures so that these establishments could increase in size without having to pay more. The measure was intended to offset the limitations of capacity due to Covid restrictions, both inside and outside.

At the beginning of Autumn 2021, the council proposed a normalisation that would see terraces returning to the same areas occupied before the pandemic. However, with the latest restrictions ordered by the Catalan government and which came into effect just before Christmas, the council has frozen the plans to change back.

For the time being, the Catalan government’s restrictions will be maintained until at least 21 January. The Sitges Hospitality Guild has welcomed the council’s interim measure, but has called for it to be maintained throughout 2022. The sector believes that the accumulated losses during these last two years should be partially offset by being allowed to have greater space for occupancy on outside terraces.

Passeig de la Ribera in Sitges
A terrace on Passeig de la Ribera in Sitges last week.

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