For Javier Vazquez, business as usual will be a faint prospect even when he does get to reopen his two Madrid restaurants shuttered by the coronavirus.
“When are we going to get back to 100%?” asks Vazquez, wondering about the revenue he can bring in once Spain allows him and his staff to get back to work serving tapas and Galician-style octopus. “I think about it. And I think, probably never.”
Vazquez’s plight is one shared by businesses across Europe as governments this week from Spain to Switzerland allow further easing of lockdowns that they had imposed to keep the outbreak at bay. Rather than auguring the snapback in growth once touted by officials, those tentative steps look likely to herald