Ibiza will host its first legal 2,000-person rave since the pandemic began as a pilot event in the coming weeks. It will take place around the end of June or the beginning of July, with a date yet to be confirmed.
According to Tourinnews, the outdoor party has been agreed by the Balearic government and the Ibiza Leisure Association, running at an undisclosed location on the island.
The event will run at 50 per cent capacity. Attendees can only enter if they present a negative test taken 72 hours before, show proof of vaccination, or have previously had COVID-19.
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The announcement follows a talk between the Balearic nightlife association, ABONE, and the local government over the current climate of club culture and the reopening of nightlife. ABONE’s president Miguel Pérez-Marsá said that the talks were “very positive” and has hopes to see the return of nightlife imminently.
José Luis Benítez, Ibiza Leisure Association's manager, told Tourinnews: “Much progress is being made in vaccinations. We are going to de-escalate little by little and, when we see that things are working and that the work that has been done with the pilot test and the outdoor venues give results, we will re-start nightlife.”
"Nightlife will return to Ibiza," he said. "We'll have it very soon, but it will be different."
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If the event is successful, it could set the precedent for clubs, raves and events with a complete return to nightlife on the island. The government currently has the last word on this event and will decide whether it can go ahead safely or not.
While tourism in Ibiza is looking positive for Brits after news that Spain could be added to the UK’s green list by the end of June and the tourism minister stating that Spain is ‘desperate’ to welcome back tourists, there is still some uncertainty over travel restrictions.
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