By Laura Kemp • 03 June 2021 • 17:42
San Juan Festival
The traditional San Juan Festival celebrations have been cancelled in Valencia for the second consecutive year.
THE traditional San Juan Festival celebrations have been cancelled in Valencia for the second consecutive year. The festival will not be celebrated on the city’s beaches either, the city council announced today, as reported by Valencia Bonita.
The council will not distribute firewood and will not reinforce the lines of the Municipal Transport Company (EMT), the Local Police will also control the beaches to discourage crowds on the beach during that night. The announcement was made by the mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó, “because with the situation in which we find ourselves, we still have to work to avoid contagion of Covid.”
“Before the coronavirus pandemic, during the night of San Juan tens of thousands of people gathered on the city’s beaches and currently, any concentration of this type that can generate multiple contacts and infections must be discouraged,” explained the first mayor, at the presentation of the “Pla Conviviendo en la ciudad de Valencia,” in the Crystal Hall of the city council.
Ribó has been stern on the matter and has stated that “the Local Police will carry out the corresponding controls so that the party does not take place.”
“The city council can not launch an appeal to people to meet, on the contrary, we must dissuade everyone and leave the party for when the risks of contagion are zero,” the mayor reiterated, saying that “this measure it is not at odds with celebrating the failures, which will take place in an articulated way.”
“Now we are improving, but the data of the last days continue to rise and we do not want to collaborate by generating a situation of multiple contacts with negative effects on the evolution of the pandemic,” he concluded.
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