By Tony Winterburn • 05 May 2020 • 8:48
THE Musicians Union in the UK said today that their members are suffering due to the effects of the coronavirus and that the £5 billion industry is on its knees, the situation in Spain is no different and for many entertainers, life-changing decisions are having to be made.
As the opening dates for bars and restaurants keep getting moved further towards the end of the year entertainers are losing any hope of a return to work. For many, this causing them to realistically think of a career change, something that is a nightmare-scenario for seasoned performers.
Some are already making plans to move to Portugal as it looks like that country will be the first in Europe to get back to some state of normality, others are making inquiries in Greece as the government there recently took the decision to allow hotels to open in the hope of attracting holidaymakers back.
The rest are considering their options, as the money runs out difficult decisions will have to be made as live music venues in Spain will never be the same again, some have closed and others will have to wait until later on the year to start up again, even then, no-one knows exactly how that will pan out.
The question is, will the venues be able to hold enough people to pay the entertainers if social distancing rules have to be applied? Only time will tell, until then, everyone is trawling the internet looking for any job to earn much-needed cash.
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