Party island Ibiza's clubs to remain closed until next year

7 Jul 2022

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DJs, club owners and party-goers for Ibiza clubs to open in 2020 had crossed their fingers.

Now, according to local reports, the Balearic Government has claimed nightclub clubs can't open their doors at the earliest until next year.

A local paper says that the government has not ruled out keeping the ban until 2021, or until a "coronavirus vaccine or treatment" is available.

Hi Ibiza and Ushuaia are among the major places to post about the closure. 

Clubs state that the situation is the "hardest challenge we have faced," but they are "determined to work towards delivering our greatest season ever in 2021."

"I don't really know what I'm doing, for the first time since I was 16," DJ and producer Skream told Radio 1 Newsbeat.

He would normally be doing sets in Ibiza and elsewhere at this time of year.

"It's bleak. No one knows what's going on. I'm worried about the clubs I 'm working for, the club staff, everybody in the nightlife sector."

The island's tourist-driven economy collapsed as a consequence of the pandemic, and several ambitious club owners had been selling tickets for activities to be held in October.

It had been a long-awaited announcement, with much of the nightlife industry pushing for permission to open up with measures of social distance.

The ban appears to cover large indoor venues and it's unclear what the rules are going to be around beach clubs outside.

After the government announcement, Wayne Lineker, who owns O Beach Ibiza, posted saying his venue would be "opening ... we 're here and we're going to have fun" 

Skream says that "must be careful" is necessary for people to get to the "peak at the end of the tunnel."