The Madrid’s community will relax in the coming weeks hospitality restrictions on the occasion of the coronavirus pandemic. The measures will be announced by the Madrid president, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, from Milan (Italy), where this Monday he receives the ‘The flame of freedom’ award, awarded by the Bruno Leoni Institute.
Until now, these establishments could open until one in the morning, with a capacity limited to 50% indoors and 75% outdoors. In addition, the number of diners is limited to 6 people indoors and 8 on terraces.
Precisely, the ‘popular’ leader receives this award from the Bruno Leoni Institute, an Italian ‘think tank’ that promotes liberal ideas, for its policies in defense of the freedom of citizens during the pandemic. Ayuso is the first Spanish to receive an award that has previously been awarded, among others, to the economist and Nobel Prize in the field Vernon L. Smith, the essayist Nassim N. Taleb, the writer and Nobel Prize winner for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa, the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Leopoldo López, or the historian Richard Pipes.
Ayuso’s management model in the health crisis has been especially praised by the hotel industry, since it has allowed to preserve economic activity in the face of the severe restrictions imposed by Pedro Sanchez.
The Community of Madrid managed to break the pandemic without applying the closing measures of the socialist president, making the motto of “freedom” its main flag. The sector showed its support during the 4-M campaign, when it was common to see posters with his face in bars and restaurants. The reaction of the PSOE was to insult the voters of Ayuso, calling them “tabernarios.”
The effectiveness of the measures applied is translated into figures. The Community of Madrid has registered a GDP growth of 31.7% in the last year, according to data from the Quarterly Regional Accounting.