The hosting of events and travel go hand-in-hand when it comes to boosting tourism. The coronavirus pandemic did not only come to take lives but also devastated the global economy. One of Spain’s driving forces is its tourism; however, the arrival of the virus shifted things and left a big hole in Spain’s event industry.
Regional authorities in the parts of Spain’s worst-hit areas started cancelling events and postponing major events. This move to cancel gatherings of large groups devastated the tourism and event industry while the virus continued to spread across the country. These are some of the biggest events in Spain currently affected by emergency measures.
Cancelled Cultural and Sports Events in Spain
- The festival of Las Fallas in Valencia that was set to take place in March has now been suspended indefinitely. The event attracts thousands of people to Valencia to commemorate St Joseph and celebrate with the burning of monuments.
- The Málaga film festival attracts more than 150,000 people annually. The event expected to take place on March 13 – March 22 has since been called off due to the spread of the virus. This comes as no surprise as Málaga is the epicentre of the coronavirus in Andalucía.
- One of the most notable events to be cancelled is The iconic San Fermin festival, better known as “the running of the bulls,” The event is one of the largest cultural events in Spain and was initially scheduled for July.
For the first time in 90 years, traditional Easter processions were banned as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Many Sporting events including football games and the Spanish Grand Prix called it quits since the virus broke in Spain.
Meanwhile, numerous theatrical events and music festivals did not see the light of day during Spain’s lockdown. Currently, many of these events will not take place anytime this year with social distancing still in place. Even with the country easing restrictions, there is still fears of the number of new infections increasing and causing further damage.
Easing of Restrictions for Spain’s Event Industry
Spain is one of many European countries that have started initiating the easing of lockdown restrictions. After more than two months of one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, the country can breathe a sigh of relief as the number of new infections decreases. The Spanish government set out a phased roadmap of easing measures. This includes the loosening of restrictions on large gatherings.
During phase 1 of easing lockdown, indoor cultural events with a maximum of 30 people were permitted. Provided the venue’s usual capacity was more than 90 people. For open-air events, a maximum of 200 seated people during phase 1. As of May 25, these numbers increased, allowing for up to 50 people indoors and 400 seated people at open-air events. During the final phase of lockdown set to start on June 8, clubs and bars are set to open, allowing a third of their usual capacity.
To learn more about cancelled events in Europe, visit Cancelled Events in Italy Due to Coronavirus.