Disco opening: These are the dates and measures to be taken against Covid

  • The dance floors will have reduced capacity and you will have to dance with a mask.
  • From the organization they estimate that the reopening will be gradual and that many stores will continue to be closed.

The long-awaited reopening of nightclubs, pubs and nightclubs seems closer and closer. To proceed safely, the Federation of Entrepreneurs of Night Leisure (Spain at Night), Together with Institute of Spanish Tourist Quality (ICTE) He has developed a 'Guide to Risk Reduction Measures against Covid19' to protect these environments.

Until now, the Government has allowed the opening of terraces in phase 1 and the consumption within premises in phase 2, as well as the reopening of theaters and cinemas. But The return to nightlife is still one of the main concerns of the Spanish and it seems that the night scene we are used to will change. In what with

When do the discotheques reopen?

The guide prepared by Spain at Night establishes the reopening of discotheques in phase 3 of de-escalation. "In principle we have it planned for that phase, but we will carry out pilot tests in phase 2, when cultural activities such as drag queens or small concerts are allowed, but not dances, "explains the organization's spokesman Vicente Pizcueta at 20 Minutos.

“Locals in China no longer had any restrictions 15 days later. Here will be an orderly and staggered transition, although it will open a very small percentage of the sector"He comments. The measures agreed in the guide are expected to help a gradual reopening of more and more nightlife establishments.

What are the measures?

The package of measures presented by Spain at Night is intended to guarantee the safety and quality of night activities. At those decreed by the Government are integrated, and in some cases you can add specific rules that those responsible for each location believe appropriate. Some of the general rules of the guide are as follows:

Safety distance throughout the premises, including the dance floor: a grid will be used to guide the public on which should be the dance area occupied by the client to protect and reserve interpersonal distance. Masks will be used as long as the health authorities stipulate and the number of people on the track will be limited and regulated.

Limited capacity: Each location will establish the maximum occupancy of the location so that it is possible to respect the safety distance between clients, and will determine the control methods to ensure that these safety gaps are not exceeded. The measure includes adapting to the queuing system with an interpersonal distance of two meters. The percentages of capacity and distance will be decreed by the Ministry of Health in each phase.

Constant disinfection and cleaning: There will be staff dedicated exclusively to cleaning and maintaining the premises during its operation, to guarantee maximum hygiene and reduce risks, intensifying cleaning in the places of greatest contact such as bars or railings.

Disposable cups and straws: For those places that cannot disinfect the dishes at more than 80 degrees temperature, the use of plastic cups will be implemented. It is advisable to carry organic straws to drink and further reduce the risk.

Control of the toilets: it will be obligatory to disinfect the hands with gel at the exit of the toilets, rule whose compliance will be supervised by the personnel.

Immediate expulsion from the premises if safety regulations are breached.

Are these measurements realistic?

Nightlife venues tend to be spaces of disinhibition, a feature that can affect compliance with rules in some cases. "Already we have had it in practice with the tobacco law. It seemed impossible to us to conceive a place without smoking inside because it was very associated to drink something with lighting a cigarette, but in the end it was achieved. It is a transition, it will not be for life. People have to know how to behave, or he washes his hands with the gel or I have to accompany him to the door of the premises«, Reflects Pizcueta. 

An economic effort, but with hope

Complying with the package of measures will involve spending money that is difficult for many locals to assume right now. «Any expense now is a major expense at the expense of ICOs because we have been closed for two months. The stock of gel, the masks for the staff ... is very hard but you have to take it out in the accounts. It is the investment that is made with illusion because it is to open. Rent and ERTE are more concerns. "

In this sense, Pizcueta comments that removing ERTE workers and managing the return to work is an issue that greatly affects the sector. «It is not easy because in our definition for the Government we have one leg in the tourism sector, another in culture and another inland. We need to be considered eminently as tourism for the support that this sector enjoys, "he explains.