For nine months’ cafés haven’t been able to open their inside spaces due to Covid-19 restrictions, but from the 1st of September this will come to an end across Croatia.
"We are ready and can't wait to work inside again, which is extremely important to us because the income from the summer season is not nearly enough for many to overcome business problems due to restrictions since the beginning of the pandemic. For many, even on the Adriatic, it will not be enough to survive the winter, let alone in the interior where there are no tourists or there are far fewer of them than on the coast,” commented Drazen Biljan from the Independent Association of Caterers of Zagreb and the National Association of Caterers.
Cafes across Croatia have not been allowed to receive guests inside since November last year, except on open terraces if they have them. They could dispense drinks and food outside, and on the terraces guests could sit at tables. Guests were allowed to enter the establishment to use the toilet with a face mask.
Although the final details of the measures from September 1 are not yet known, it is believed that café bar working hours will remain until midnight, although caterers are pushing for this closing time to be extended to 2:00am.
But whilst café bar owners may be happy with this new decision disco and nightclub owners won’t be as pleased as they still have to keep their doors closed.