“This measure is better or less bad than others”

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The manager of the Biscay Hospitality Association, Héctor Sánchez, says that the sector is resigned although he considers that it should “be extended to other areas”.

The hostelry resignedly accepts the implementation in Euskadi of the control of entry to its establishments through the covid passport, understanding, in general, that it is “better or less bad” than other measures that may come.

This is the opinion of the manager of the Association of Hospitality Industry of Bizkaia, Héctor Sánchez, given the foreseeable entry into force this Saturday of the requirement to order it in restaurants with capacity for 50 diners or more and in nightlife venues, after this was endorsed. measured by the Supreme Court.

Sánchez has acknowledged, in statements to EFE, that “measures that represent a new workload or annoyance for some clients, they are complicated to implement, but the sector in general understands that this measure is better or less bad than others that could come. “” To the extent that this is the case, we will have to try to comply with it, “he added.

Sánchez, however, has complained that only the hotel industry is going to be required since, in his opinion, “must be extended to other areas of social and economic activity, because it cannot be that it is only required in the hospitality industry as if we were the problem “.

Sánchez has indicated that they have recommended to the associated people the use of an application developed by the Swiss public health service for the certificate control. “We have chosen it because we understand that it works well and that it is fast, not because it is something official,” he explained.

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The manager of the Biscayan hoteliers has specified that the nightlife “It already has access control to its premises and it will be less problematic for them to implement this control than for restaurants, as it is something that they did not have until now and they will have to carry it out.”

“The sanction falls on the hospitality industry,” he criticizes

Regarding the possible problems that may exist in the face of the hypothetical refusal of customers to show the certificate of being vaccinated, Sánchez has indicated that the order of the Basque Government establishes that “the responsibility of controlling access to the premises belongs to the hotelier.”

“If the hotelier does not exercise that control, who is going to be penalized is him. The norm does not contemplate penalizing the customer who has entered without passing the control, but who has not exercised it, with which the situation is very complicated and it will surely be very uncomfortable to exercise it because nobody likes to have to demand something that they do not want to show you and especially when it is your client who comes to spend their money at your place “, he added.

The Biscayan hoteliers have verified the existence of a drip of cancellations in the reservations for this long weekend, although they do not know if because of the entry into force of this control or for other reasons. “Obviously the bombardment of news about the health situation and the new variant has made there are people who has taken fear and he thinks twice, “Sánchez acknowledged.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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