The leisure association Ocio de Ibiza met again this week with the Balearic Government to advance the management of the de-escalation plan for the leisure sector for this tourist season.
They agreed to run a pilot test event at one of the island’s most popular outdoor venues – Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza hosting their flagship event ‘Children of the 80’s. The agreed terms of the event include patrons being able to stand and dance, but requires them to wear masks.
José Luis Benítez, Ocio de Ibiza’s Manager, said he was “very satisfied” with the meeting outcome and predicted the island’s big clubs could be open as early as 17th July if the pilot project is successful, as the Periodico de Ibiza reports.
The names of Ushuaïa, DC-10 or Destino were on the table, but the Balearic Government’s Ministry of Health decided that Hard Rock Hotel met the ideal conditions to host such event.
Ibiza workers (including all health staff), considered essential during the pandemic, will be the special guests at the pilot – in which 2,000 people who are already vaccinated or who have tested negative in a recent covid test will participate. Free antigen tests will be provided to all who cannot prove their immunization status at entry.
Understandably, the prospect of Ibiza opening is generating expectations and attention from across the globe. As a result, the island’s hospitality sector lays in wait for a bottleneck of reservations following successful pilot testing.
Could we see an Ibiza season in 2021 with outdoor and indoor venues open? It’s beginning to feel like more of a realistic eventuality.