Spain, like many other countries, begin to enjoy temperatures that make staying on the street enjoying a terrace a privilege, and more, if we consider, the more than 60 days we have been confined, and without doing this habit so typical of Latin culture.
Just a few hours ago, Barcelona City Council, announced that until 3.500 bars and restaurants without terrace, they may exceptionally have this possibility until the end of the year, remember that this entity had been a great detractor of the terraces in Barcelona, and that this initiative has a direct and very positive impact on the sector.
Everything points at, what the closing of streets, the use of traffic lanes and reserved parking areas can become those spaces that are so needed by restaurants at the moment, affected by a limitation in their capacity and that with this plan of aid to the sector it is allowed to reach some capacity ratios that bring it closer to profitability.
In the city of Córdoba, without going further, the decree for the reopening of terraces of hotel and restaurant establishments during the state of alarm and while the health crisis lasts, will study the permit to expand spaces for terraces in private lots or roadways of the streets.
In other cities as disparate as Vilnius or New York are enabling streets and public spaces to expand the capacity of restaurants, always maintaining the security measures that all businesses must include.
Some of these cities, they will allow you to dine outdoors, have a coffee on the terrace or even set up places in the squares where customers can enjoy these spaces, definitely, assign public areas that until now had been used for other functions and that, one breve, could include restaurant tables.
The Mayor of New York, announced a few days ago, what will allocate more than 60 km of streets in this month of May for pedestrians and cyclists, and that the city could have more than 150 km without cars in the next days. He also commented that city restaurants could have advantages by expanding their dining areas to outdoor areas and without the need to get an extra license.
Also some scientists and teachers, as in the case of Alan Penn, member of the english government scientific advisory group for emergencies, I assure that those who want to be outdoors, the risk of contracting the virus will be less, specifically commented "That science suggests that being in the sunlight, with good ventilation, they are highly protective elements against virus transmission ”. Some other scientists, according to these manifestations, advocate spending more time outdoors, where the virus is less likely to survive, since people are more likely to get the infection in closed spaces that they share with other people, where ventilation is poor and the same surfaces are touched. The virus is less able to survive on surfaces outside sunlight, since UV rays damage your genetic material.
It is necessary to indicate, to conclude this article, what all these measures must be in balance and guarantee coexistence between neighbors and hospitality businesses, where there must be collaboration and understanding on both sides that allow the neighbors to continue with their lives with absolute normality and to the restaurants to be able to compensate for the terrible damages that this pandemic is causing.