Businesses in Vlora play national anthem in protest against anti-COVID restrictions

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Business owners in the coastal city of Vlora, mainly restaurant and bar owners along the Lungomare promenade, forewarned that they will be holding a protest this Monday, against the measures and restrictions undertaken due to COVID-19.

They are demanding to push back curfew hours and allow music to be played later than the current limit, seeing that their businesses rely heavily on the tourist season.

Meanwhile, last night as they forewarned their protests, many restaurants and bars turned off their music at the allowed 22:00 p.m., however, they closed by playing the national anthem.

Incidents also occurred on Sunday night, during which a business owner and a woman were accompanied to the police station.

Based on the restrictive measures currently in place, all businesses are required to turn off their music at 22:00 p.m., whereas all other activities should close by 23:00 p.m.

In addition, starting from July 1st, according to the instructions of the Experts Committee, bars, restaurants and the hospitality sector should only work with 30 % capacity.

These restrictions, according to business owners, are leading them toward bankruptcy, as they are already coming from a problematic tourist season last year, which was also a consequence of the pandemic.

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