Ocio de Ibiza, which includes Pacha, Pikes Hotel, Blue Marlin, Bora Bora, Dc-10, Circoloco, Ushuaïa and Hï, among its 38 associate hotels, beach restaurants and clubs, could finally deliver their plan to reopen businesses safely and consequently work again, José Luis Benítez told the ‘Periodico de Ibiza‘.
“Finally, the leisure sector and the Government could meet two weeks ago, after delays caused by the third Covid wave. It was then that Ocio de Ibiza presented a complete action plan”, Benítez explained.
“With this protocol, Ocio de Ibiza demonstrates its commitment to prioritise health above all because it’s not about opening up unreasonably. It’s about working side by side with the Government to explore all the possibilities to reopening”, Benítez said. “In fact, in the document, it is specified that Ocio de Ibiza has always been contrary to mass tourism. More than ever, we favour prioritising safe and quality tourism. Today, health security is a fundamental added value if we want to place the Balearic Islands within the safe health corridors of the Mediterranean”.
The action plan described by Benítez includes specific measures such as staff training in anti-Covid procedures and protocols, use of PPE, antigen tests for all staff, every 72 hours, with a negative result to access their job. It contemplates installing filters at the premises’ entrance and carrying out PCR tests at departure airports or once landed in Ibiza or designated areas before accessing the clubs. It also suggests using digital Covid passes, proving customers have antibodies for having overcome the virus.
Standard measures will include masks to be worn at all times, masks availability at the bars for customers who need them, installing hand sanitisers, constant cleaning of bathrooms, installing CO2 meters, air filtration purification systems in closed rooms, increased security, improved crowd control and health checks.
Tickets would be only available digitally via the official websites or ticketing platforms. Buyers could fill an online questionnaire within the same system to allow tracing, if necessary.
Benítez concluded, “We are not companies that can open from one day to the next; there is a significant work behind it. We need foresight. For this reason, we say to open from June. If the Government accepts, it is possible to start working on that basis”.