Whilst this will be excellent news for some, it will also have those who live near to busy summer establishments groaning at the prospect of even less sleep during the remaining weeks of summer: opening hours for discos and "special bars" have been extended for the remainder of the summer.
The Region of Murcia have this morning announced that they will be extending the opening hours for special bars, discos, and dance halls until 30th September, the intention being to "reactivate economic activity in the hostelry sector."
The 450 "Special bars" and pubs in the Region will now remain open until 3.30am between Sunday and Wednesday and then 4am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, whilst the 150 Air conditioned dance halls and discos can now remain open until 6.30am from Sunday to Wednesday and 7am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Presidency Minister for the Region, said that these measures had been approved due to the current situation of economic crisis, which requires supporting hostelry establishments dedicated to tourism. He also reiterated that establishments were obliged to comply with the normal regulations relating to noise emissions and activities which could cause disturbance to local residents.
The hostelry sector have been pressing for the implementation of these opening hours for some time, insisting that this amplification is necessary to safeguard the jobs of the 5000 workers employed in these establishments.
However, the measures are likely to be received with less enthusiasm by residents of some zones who are currently suffering from an excess of youthful summer spirits.
This mornings Spanish language press features complaints from residents in the El Zoco area of La Manga, an area currently suffering from night-time influxes of drunken youths, enjoying "Botellon" parties in the area. Botellon is a term used to describe open air drinking using alcohol purchased from supermarkets, rather than in bars, although the parties often focus around a music bar or area with entertainment on offer.
Residents have been complaining that the council have not been doing enough to control and prevent these gatherings, whilst businesses are concerned that the area is being dragged down by the volumes of broken glass and refuse left behind after these open air parties..
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