Ibiza clubs may be allowed to reopen from next month.
Earlier this week, the Majorca Daily Bulletin reported that The Nightlife Employer’s Association, Abone, is optimistic that clubs and other venues in Ibiza and the other Balearic Islands will be allowed to reopen their doors in October. This news follows a positive meeting with the Balearic government in Spain.
It’s been revealed that on Thursday the 16th of September the Ibiza Nightlife Manager, José Luis Benítez and Abone President, Miguel Pérez-Marsá met with the Balearic tourism minister, Iago Negueruela. The meeting was to discuss the reopening of the nightlife sector, during the meeting Iago Negueruela apparently said he “wants to open all economic sectors in the safest way possible and is aware that the nightlife sector is one of the most affected by the coronavirus restrictions”.
Current restrictions mean that licensed bars and cafés open under the same conditions as hotels, which means a reduced capacity, and 2 AM curfew with a ban on dancing.
Although relaxed in comparison to current restrictions, the reopening proposal still includes several limitations, including a reduced capacity, masks being worn on the dancefloor, and table service. In regards to this proposal, Miguel Pérez-Marsá said that “finding a formula that garauntees health security and is viable for the business is the priority“.
Last week, new restrictions meant people in Ibiza could have private social gatherings between 2 AM and 6 AM without restrictions, and that will be revaluated on the 29th of September.
Ibiza has already run a 1,236-person trial event at the Hard Rock Hotel, and that took place in June 2021 with results finding no new covid cases. Although, it must be noted most people at the event were vaccinated, and strict COVID-19 protocols were put in place.