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Bars and restaurants across Spain prepare for the ´Big Switch Off´

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Businesses across Spain prepare for lights off tomorrow at 7pm! Image: Pixabay

Bars and restaurants across Spain are set to stage a national protest at high energy bills on Tuesday, November 7

Businesses in Malaga, the Costa del Sol, and across country, will stop work and turn off their lights at 7pm in a subtle retaliation to the high energy prices they are forced to pay.

Establishments form the eight provinces in the region of Andalucía Spain will be taking part in the protest.

The typical monthly energy bills for these enterprises are between 3,000 and 6,000 euros, according to the Mahos association in Malaga and the Hospitality Business Confederation of Spain. Some restaurants claim their bills have increased by between 30% and 40%.

The business owners are requesting financial aid so they may convert to renewable energy sources and modify their equipment. Many claim they will be forced to shut down if they don’t receive it.

According to data from the Spanish Hospitality Business Confederation, energy represents between 6% and 8% of the costs of a business, so an increase of one third can cause an increase of between 2% and 3% in fixed expenses in companies in the sector.

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