Madrid and Barcelona follow starkly different paths out of lockdown

Posted by on May 24, 2020 5:45 am
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As bars and restaurants plan for further easing of coronavirus rules, an argument is raging over terraces and public space

As Madrid and Barcelona prepare for the next phase of lockdown loosening, they have radically different visions for how best to return to that crucial part of Spanish life, sitting on a terraza, cup, glass or snack in hand.

The two-month shutdown has given restaurateurs plenty of time to weigh up their options. But hopes that the reopening of outside tables will even begin to make up for the lost income appear wildly premature.

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