City bars and restaurants may reopen tables outdoors with waiters as from Monday, City Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta confirmed yesterday, saying that he understood the “anguish” of the sector, which he called “one of the pillars of the city.”
“We’ve given priority to open-air activities because the risk is much greater so that as from Monday, we will have yet another service, outdoor tables on the street,” the Mayor ex- plained at a press conference in City Hall offices, adding that “each place will have to distribute tables
To guarantee social distancing and follow a very strict protocol” and that in the first stage only bars and restaurants already with outside service would be liberated.
On the same day the City Legislature approved a six-month gross earnings exemption.
The City mayor affirmed that liberty was being regained “bit by bit” in the midst of the pandemic.
“The cases are stabilising at a high level, which is what worries us, so we have to continue taking care,” he said.
Rodríguez Larreta further assured that “an agreement would be reached as soon as possible” with the national government over a protocol so that the 6,000 pupils who lost contact with their schools during quarantine, saying: “Education is a priority.”
The Mayor also announced a “return to activity” for the City’s construction sector because it “creates many jobs.”.
After announcing that this week he will be meeting with UOCRA building workers this week to analyse the situation, saying: “We’ll do this gradually with works of over 5,000 square metres or near completion, always with protocols and transport guaranteed by the companies, not public transport.”