Many regions in Spain are still holding back on reopening bars and nightclubs.
Much of Spain’s Nightlife remains closed still. Whilst Madrid, Andalusia and the Canary Islands have reopened with restrictions in place. Many of the regions are still holding back. Nightlife is still considered by many to be a hotbed for the spread of the corona virus. Close proximity with others and poor ventilation being major factors in this.
Bar and club owners are furious as major sporting events and other large meetings are approved. Spain’s inoculation is now at 70% and many consider this to be justification for reopening of night time venues.
With 210 cases per 100,000 in Spain, Spain’s health ministry still consider this to be high risk.
Spain’s regions all have control over what measures to take to prevent the spread, and Iago Negueruela, the Balearic tourism chief wants to introduce the Digital Covid Certificate as a necessity to enter certain night time venues. However, this has been rejected by many other regions.
The central government’s traffic light system still states that dance floors cannot be used and drinks must be served at a table.
A public health specialist Salvador Peiró says. “With capacity limits, ventilation and masks you can be inside, but this is completely incompatible with nightclubs and bars.”
The Catalan government’s decision to keep the sector closed was upheld recently. Protests in Murcia and La Rioja to name a few, propose that reopening bars is safer than allowing the “Botellones” or street party drinking that is prevalent in many areas now.
Andalusian Public Health School professor, José Martínez Olmos, states. “There are no studies that say that there is one kind of infection in nightclubs and another in “botellones”. However, from a public health perspective, closed spaces entail more risks than open ones.”
With the large European funds that Spain will receive to transform the economy, it is possible that other areas of growth are looked at as opposed to Tourism and Leisure which are currently suffering immensely due to restrictions on travel.