The Party Is All But Over For Bars In Croatia, Greece, Italy And Spain
The thousand-person foam parties, day clubbing transforming into nightclubbing and other party activities have been ordered to shut down in Ibiza and other European cities as officials try and control another COVID-19 outbreak.
Approximately 25,000 discos and clubs in Spain have closed and Italy has also turned those establishments dark. In Athens, bars and restaurants must close at midnight – most people in Europe are just settling into a place at that time – and Croatia has implemented the same closing time.
And forget about parting in Ireland’s pubs after someone posted a video to social media showing a bartender pouring shots down customers’ throats while sanding on the bar. In the past, this would be labeled as “fun.” Today, it’s seen as “reckless,” as Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn put it.
Spain has had 1,833 new infections in 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data, making it a European hot spot for COVID-19 cases.
“This will devastate us,” Antonio Gomez of the SpainTOP travel agency in Madrid told Bloomberg News. “People don’t travel to Spain anymore just for sun and beaches.”
No, they travel there and other places in Europe – in particularly the beaches in the Mediterranean in the summer – for the nightlife.
But this is not the time to travel. In Italy, people must wear a mask in public venues and in outdoor spaces, including squares and streets – basically anywhere crowds can gather – from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. And other countries have similar or even more restrictions beyond what they are implementing in the bars and nightclubs.
As a result, the party is all but over in Europe this summer.