The show goes on: Spain’s theaters and cinemas remain open despite COVID-19

As entertainment venues remain closed across much of Europe, Spain is one of the very few countries still allowing its citizens to enjoy in-person shows – despite a nationwide rise in COVID-19 infections.

The country’s cultural venues reopened in the summer after months of closure during a nationwide lockdown. Many remained open since then, despite European countries such as France and the UK putting a halt to performances.

An audience of 1,200 were in attendance at Madrid’s Royal Theater, all of whom wore face masks and had their temperature checked on arrival.

The venues are urged to follow strict protocols, with the Royal Theater spending 1.2 million dollars on safety measures including an ultraviolet lighting system for disinfecting the auditorium, the dressing rooms and even the costumes.

The performers themselves must also maintain social distancing, while regular tests are also required and face masks must be worn at all times.


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