Barcelona bar workers protest against ‘shameful’ coronavirus restrictions

More than 1,000 protesters took to the streets of Barcelona on Friday to protest against a new round of lockdown restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

The protesters, most of whom were hospitality workers, filed into Barcelona’s Old City to protest against a new, 15-day shutdown of bars and restaurants ordered by the Catalan regional government. The restriction measures in Barcelona also force capacity limits on shops and gyms in the city.

David Polo, a protester who owns a restaurant on the Iberian Peninsula, compared the new round of restrictions to a “final slaughter” for many businesses in the region.

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