ATTENTION BAR AND RESTAURANT OWNERS!

One staff member must speak Spanish

It has been brought to our attention that in the Cabildo’s Tourism & Planning Department law regulating bars and restaurants, published as decree 90/2010 on July 22 2010, certain minimum conditions are stipulated, and failure to comply could lead to inspectors charging you an on-the-spot fine of up to €3,000.

The decree states quite clearly that you must have staff who speak Spanish. We presume that employing one Spanish speaking member of staff would fulfil this requirement.

Some of the other requirements are that you must have an exit available, other than the main exit, through which you can remove rubbish from the premises; that you must have an adequate extraction system in the cooking area; that electrical equipment must belong to the energy category B or equivalent, and that you must use energy saving fluorescent tubes and light bulbs. Relating to toilets, there should be one toilet and wash basin available for every 50 dining places.

There are many, many more stipulations, and for restaurant owners, it really would be well worth reading this document in detail.

Source – Island Connections