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Concerts return to Italy and Spain

World News
May 31, 2020

THE ITALIAN government has announced that concerts will be allowed to take place from 15 June for the first time since the country went into lockdown on 9 March.

Outdoor concerts with up to 1,000 attendees and indoor shows with an audience of up to 200 will be allowed.

While standing shows remain banned, the Ravenna classical music festival, will commence with open-air concerts in late June.

As well as social distancing, other measures at shows there will include restricted cash payments, the use of digital tickets and a ban on the sale and consumption of food and drink.

“Live shows mean no distance, joy, sweat, friendship and brotherhood. I have no idea when bigger shows will be allowed but there is no way that shows can happen under the current guidelines.” says Andrea Pieroni, co-founder of promoter Vertigo.

In Spain, following the state of emergency declared by the government on 14 March, outdoor concerts have been permitted since 5 May, with a maximum audience size of 400 and no more than 50 for indoor shows.

Among events to take place under the new guidelines will be Barcelona’s Festival Cruïlla in July, comprising around 200 open-air events.

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