Canarian leisure establishments announce lockout for 9 March in protest at smoking law

Canarian bars and restaurants are to stage a “lock out” on 9 March in protest at the smoking ban law, and in particular at the losses brought by the the new legislation. The Federación Canaria del Ocio (Fecao: Canarian Leisure Industry Federation) hopes that other businesses will join in the mass closure.

Fecao’s President, Antonio Santana, says that the regional committee agreed in a meeting yesterday evening not to open leisure establishments throughout the islands on the 9 March. The date is highly significant for such businesses because it is the día del Entierro de la Sardina (burial of the sardine), a major day of the Carnaval period.

Sr Santana said that he would be meeting with the organisation’s national leaders on 2 February to try to calculate the losses throughout the other autonomous regions in the first month of the law’s application. In the Canaries, at least, losses are said to be between 11% and 40%, depending on area.

Ultimately, the hope is to extend the action throughout the country, but the Canaries are at least determined to go it alone, with the date of closure of the islands’ leisure establishments already announced. PV

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