Doubts and answers about the reopening of nightlife: hours, capacity and limits by autonomy

Catalonia will reopen nightlife before the Sant Joan festival, which is celebrated on June 23. This means that in the next eleven days the discos, music bars and karaoke bars. This was announced by the Secretary General of the Catalan Federation of Associations of Restoration and Musical Activities (FECASARM), Joaquim Boadas, in statements to TV3. The sector has been closed for about 15 months due to restrictions due to the pandemic.

The date However, this has yet to be decided. It will be agreed between the sector and the Procicat in the meeting to be held this Friday at noon. It also remains to be seen what the new one will be. opening hours, although FECASARM predicts that the maximum closing time will be between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m. am.

The conditions of the reopening

Nightlife will not return as we knew it. Last May, the Procicat approved the sector plan for the reopening of the Catalonia sector, with a series of rules to reduce the risk of contagion from Covid-19 when the time comes to reopen the premises. Nevertheless, These rules will also be finalized at the meeting this Friday.

According to the Procicat plan, in the premises of more than 500 people, the dance floor will be perimeter, with entry and exit points. In addition, regardless of the capacity, in this space it will be mandatory to wear a mask and not consume any type of drink. In fact, the mask will be mandatory at all times and can only be withdrawn to consume in other places outside the dance floor.

As for the gauges, The May document establishes that the maximum will be set according to what each local has authorized, but, in any case, the figure must allow keep the distance of 1.5 meters at all times -except between the same bubble of coexistence-, also including the space that surrounds the bar and the queues. However, this measure will be completed this Friday, since now it is on the table to reopen without safety distances and with a capacity of 50%.

The Procicat also dictated that premises with a capacity greater than 500 people will be mandatory advance sale and the nominative reservation of tickets to facilitate the traceability of attendees in the event of an outbreak, while, if the capacity is lower, this will only be a recommendation.

Likewise, the May document establishes that the premises must, in addition, have ventilation and air renewal systems that allow the entry of air from outside. Finally, it will be necessary to intensify cleaning and disinfection and also have a protocol adapted to the capacity and type of activity of each venue.


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