NIGHTCLUBS in Spain want to follow the example of discos in China by reopening on a phased basis, with staff and guests wearing masks, having their temperature taken and washing their hands with disinfectant gel.
The National Federation of Entrepreneurs for Leisure and Entertainment "Spain by Night," said the system would work and they have been studying videos of post-confinement nights in clubs in the Asian country.
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Federation president, Ramón Mas said: "According to the information gathered during the last few days, they have been open for almost three weeks, including in the Hubei region but NOT its capital of Wuhan."
He said Spanish staff had been working at the clubs in China and had seen first-hand the precautions being taken, although the videos show very little evidence of any self-distancing.
But Mr. Mas believes Spain's leisure industry can get back to normality by following the same pattern and said there is a "positive and hopeful message to the sector."
The Federation's plan is being backed by the Association of Nightlife Businessmen of the Community of Madrid (Noche Madrid/Madrid Night).
Its president Dionisio Lara said: "The recovery of normality will require the greatest effort, creativity and capacity for action by the cultural and recreational sector to generate the trust and support of its public."
"Spain by Night" said it is working "with vigor" towards reopening with "a plan of preventive measures and future action hygienic-sanitary protocols in the leisure venues, following the steps that China has already taken."
The Federation said the entertainment venues in Hunan reopened their doors on March 25, incorporating certain protocols and preventive measures.
On April 9, the controls at the doors of the establishments were eliminated.
The videos show queues of people waiting to get into the club, most wearing masks, then signing in, having their temperature taken and washing their hands with gel.
All the clubs were extensively disinfected and computer health applications were used to allow monitoring of the population.
Spokesman for‘ Noche Madrid , Vicente Pizcueta said: "The dissemination of the images of the nightclubs in China is intended to be a message of hope for the workers, the public and the companies themselves.
"To convey the message that we are going to get out of this, that we cannot lower our arms, that hygienic-sanitary conditions are a priority and follow all messages and comply with all health instructions.
"But at the same time we have to plan because the economic recovery of this country will be very important when we go out.
"And in this, the Chinese model is a very concrete proposal that gives us energy to continue fighting the pandemic."
The country is on lockdown until at least April 26th, possibly extended to May 10th, with no sign yet of any relaxation of the March 14th State of Emergency rules.
All clubs discos, bars and pubs are strictly closed.
Their government is not expecting tourism to "get back to normal" until at least the end of 2020.
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