NIGHTCLUBS and discos across Spain have been told they can finally re-open next week but all dancing has been BANNED.
The Ministry of Health today ruled space usually allocated for dancing must now be used for extra tables and chairs to cope with social distancing rules.
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Nightspots must also slash their capacity by two-thirds – although the government says they can open up terraces to provide extra space.
The formal order states: "When there is a space on the premises for a dancefloor or similar, it can be used to install tables or groupings of tables."
It then adds the dancefloors cannot be used for their "habitual use."
The news comes after we told how Ibiza’s famous Linekers bar is to scrap its dancing spot to fight Covid-19.
The ruling – which also affects Spain's party islands – is a bitter-sweet pill for club owners who have been pushing for business to get back to normal after locckdown.
Originally, the Spanish government said nightlife establishments could open in regions when they reached phase 3 of the country's strict coronavirus de-escalation plan.
Around half of the country is due to do this on Monday.
However, the Ministry then changed its mind and rescinded that permission before performing yet another u-turn.
Today's order says clubs CAN now open if their region is in phase 3 but has added the clause about the dancing ban.
The organisation Nightlife Spain had drawn up extensive guidelines for its members which advised they segment off grids on their dancefloors so revellers could have their own bit of space.
Other recommendations included compulsory masks, isolation booths for DJs, more VIP areas to ensure social distancing, traffic light queues at the entrances and temperature checks.
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The organisation also proposed health records be developed to identify all attendees of sessions in leisure venues as a way to enhance the traceability of social contacts.
Before the latest u-turn, the National Federation of Entrepreneurs of Leisure and Entertainment warned unless nightclubs were allowed to open immediately two thirds of them could go bust.
It said that would have put 25,000 jobs put at risk.
The discos and clubs are also worried that if young people can't go out to the venues, they will hold their own parties in their homes or on the beaches and this will be a substantial coronavirus health risk rather than in a controlled environment.
The order has left would-be guests "open mouthed", with dozens of comments being posted on the social network.
"Who would go to a disco not to dance?" asked one.
Another posted: "Is anyone beginning to realise that the new normal does not make any sense?"
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