Bars and shops will be able to put the air conditioning at 25 degrees

Bars, restaurants and shops will be able to set the air conditioning to "around 25 degrees", with greater flexibility over the 27 degrees that are contemplated in the energy saving and efficiency plan approved by the Government.

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05 August 2022 Friday 14:57
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Bars and shops will be able to put the air conditioning at 25 degrees

Bars, restaurants and shops will be able to set the air conditioning to "around 25 degrees", with greater flexibility over the 27 degrees that are contemplated in the energy saving and efficiency plan approved by the Government.

As stated this Friday by the third vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, the 27 degrees will be applied "with flexibility" and has given as an example that discos, kitchens and gyms need a different temperature than other spaces such as a bookstore. Restoration could thus be added to the initial list of exceptions that was already raised, where hairdressers were included, for example.

"You cannot ask workers who are in conditions of important physical exercise not to have the conditions that labor law guarantees with respect to the maximum and minimum temperatures," Ribera assured in statements to Onda Cero collected by Europa Press.

For this reason, businesses and establishments must justify when they do not apply the temperature limit in the thermostat, a flexibility incorporated in the decree law to protect the occupational health rights of their workers.

In fact, Ribera has pointed out that this first package of measures is designed for buildings for public use "with flexibilities" depending on the type of economic activity and the work carried out.

"The decree law itself incorporates a call that wherever there are spaces where workers have to move and have physical exercise, it must be applied with the corresponding flexibility," the minister clarified about the variation of the initial thermostat. Ribera has recalled the distinction between sedentary jobs -working in an office- and active jobs -activity in a restaurant- that is contemplated.

The Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge has insisted that the royal decree on energy saving and efficiency measures "is to be fulfilled" and represents a "reasonable effort and with respect for working conditions that, in any case, must be keep in mind", while stating that the Government will not make any changes in this regard.

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