Back page: Spanish town cracks down on nap time
July 17, 2015
MADRID (AP) — The heat is on, and a Spanish town is taking its afternoon siesta seriously. Every summer day in Ador, a small farming town in eastern Spain, a policeman reads out a town hall proclamation recommending that locals observe the traditional siesta period between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The advice, given over a loudspeaker system, encourages people to keep children indoors and turn down the volume of TV sets and music equipment. Mayor Joan Faus told The Associated Press on Friday that locals are not legally required to observe the siesta period. But he said the town hall strongly recommends they stay indoors because "at that time of day it is dangerous to be outside" because of the summer heat. Spain has endured two heat waves already in July, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some areas.