Pacha Group has today confirmed that Pacha Ibiza does not intend to open for the remainder of 2020.
CEO Nick McGabe announced that his team had made the “painful and difficult” decision, based on the recent guidelines issued by the Balearic government.
Nick continued, “we will follow the recommendations of the administration in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of employees and customers.”
This marks the first time in its celebrated 52-year history that the venue will stay shut for summer.
Pacha now joins Privilege and TNL’s venues Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza in cancelling their season. This does not affect the company’s other businesses on the island, Destino Pacha Resort (only the hotel, there will be no clubbing events) and Lío (with no dancefloor), which are both scheduled to open in July.
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After closing for 3 months due to coronavirus, Marquee Dayclub and Nightclub are reopen!
Marquee Dayclub is now reopen as “Marquee Pool” on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 AM to sunset. There will be some changes – instead of the usual roster of big name DJs and artists, Marquee Pool will feature local talent spinning Top 40 for now. In addition, there will not be general admission, tickets or guest list – it’s going to be table reservations only with a strict cap on the number of guests per table. Book your table for Marquee Dayclub here!
Marquee Nightclub will be open for nighttime pool-side fun on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9 PM, beginning June 26.
“The Pool Marquee At Night” will feature a live DJ at the pool from 9 p.m. to close as well as bottle service and specialty cocktails. The Boombox Room inside the adjoining Marquee Nightclub will also reopen as a lounge with an open-format DJ. No general admission or guest list is available for Marquee Nightclub yet either.
Casinos in Nevada were permitted to reopen on Thurs., June 4 provided they restrict occupancy and have a safety and sanitation plan in place.
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After closing its doors in March due to COVID-19 concerns, Daylight Beach at Mandalay Bay will reopen on Thurs. July 2 – just in time for July 4th weekend.
Daylight Beach will offer an adult-only pool experience to guests 21 and older, featuring music, a diverse food menu, bottle service and a variety of craft and frozen cocktails.
They aren’t bringing back the big DJs and artists yet, instead featuring local DJ talent playing top 40 / open format music.
“We have implemented extraordinary measures to safeguard both our guests and employees to ensure a low-risk environment with health and safety at the forefront,” said operators Play Management in a statement.
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The 2020 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival put on by promoter Goldenvoice has been canceled in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to Riverside County officials. The Stagecoach Country Music Festival has also been canceled.
Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser signed an order June 10 canceling the popular festivals, which draw 250,000 and 85,000 people annually, citing concerns of another wave of COVID-19 in the fall. A similar order was signed by Kaiser in March, which allowed for the festivals to be rescheduled to October.
The cancellation news came the same day another Southern California entertainment institution, the Disneyland Resort, announced plans to reopen in mid-July.
Kaiser said it was “important to distinguish” what’s going on now compared to what the information shows for the future.
“We expect that there’s going to be sporadic outbreaks in the summer,” he said, noting that indicators point to another wave in the fall and that there’s no vaccine or treatments in the pipeline, which would be required for the festivals to take place, as they are under Stage 4 of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s multi-stage plan to reopen the state.
Kaiser said that given the amount of preparation and organization that goes into the festivals, ordering the cancellation “makes the most sense to do now.”
Coachella happens annually at the Empire Polo Club grounds in Indio. This would have been the festival’s 21st year.
The first Las Vegas pool party has opened since the Strip was closed down in mid-March due to the outbreak of coronavirus that drew the city’s entertainment industry to a halt.
However, the usual scenes of wild drunken antics were replaced with a more subdued atmosphere, with social distancing reportedly encouraged, surfaces cleaned vigorously, and pools almost empty.
Thursday saw many of the city’s famous hotel casinos reopen, including MGM Resorts International’s Bellagio, MGM Grand, New York-New York and Signature, while Caesars Entertainment reopened Caesars Palace, Flamingo and Harrah’s.
However, while MGM said that it intended to keep nightclubs and pool parties closed, The Flamingo has opted to reopen its pool parties, with the first being opened to the public on Thursday.
Photos released on Thursday from parties showed the pools were fairly quiet compared to what would have typically been seen prior to the closures.
Small groups or individual sun-seekers were spotted in the water, sunbathing by the pool, or propping up the bars as bikini-clad staff served drinks.
The staff could also be seen cleaning working to keep the pool and surfaces around it particular clean to help reduce the risk of the virus spreading among the revelers.
While experts believe coronavirus cannot remain infection in pool water, there is still a risk it can spread through the air around pools.
Speaking to The Atlantic, Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University, explained that people in close-proximity with each other at a pool party are at greater risk than if someone was swimming laps.
‘If someone is swimming laps, that would be pretty safe as long as they’re not spitting water everywhere,’ she said. ‘But a Las Vegas–type pool party, that would be less safe, because people are just hanging out and breathing on each other.’
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On the first weekend that Texas governor Greg Abbott allowed bars and clubs across the state to reopen their doors, a Houston nightclub went viral thanks to its massive crowds.
The viral frenzy began on Sunday, when video of the completely packed club was posted to Twitter. In the video, there’s nary a mask in sight, and social distancing guidelines are definitely not being followed, much less Abbott’s 25 percent occupancy limit on bars. The short video clip, which was originally posted to Instagram, has been viewed more than 600,000 times.
To be sure, even though Cle was the Houston bar that got the most attention for breaking the rules this weekend, it wasn’t the only one. Houston Fire Department chief Samuel Pena said on Sunday that the HFD fielded about 300 complaints of businesses violating the order over the weekend.
“A photo was sent to me and there are others on social media of crowds in clubs/bars ignoring the 25% occupancy requirement, no social distancing and no masks,” Houston mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted. “I want us to move forward but this will set us back.”
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At the busy event, people were filmed not following social distancing guidelines and not wearing face masks.
Arizona started easing its lockdown measures earlier this month, and, currently, businesses such as salons and restaurants are allowed to open, but only if they follow strict social distancing guidelines.
Scottsdale mayor Jim Lane was critical of the event at the nightclub, but did not mention the boxer by name.
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SHANGHAI – Nightclubs in China have mostly come back to life as owners and customers feel increasingly comfortable the novel coronavirus epidemic is under control, but disinfectant, disposable cups and masks have become part of the experience.
At 44KW, a club for electronic music lovers in the financial hub of Shanghai, customers sat, danced and mingled with little sign of social distancing on the weekend.
The club re-opened in mid-March after closing for about six weeks, but it took a while for business to get back to normal.
“There really weren’t many clients as most people were quite worried about their safety,” said Charles Guo, founder of 44KW.
“Our client flow began to recover quickly towards the end of April”, Guo said, adding that business was back to last year’s average levels by mid-May.
But not everything is like the old days.
The club checks the temperature of every customer and gets them to register their details.
Staff, including bouncers, bartenders and waiters wear masks and gloves all the time. Customers don’t have to wear masks but many do.
Some glasses have been replaced with plastic cups and the club has installed hand sanitizer dispensers throughout.
Door handles and toilets are disinfected every hour while the entire club is disinfected every day before and after opening, Guo said.
Clubs have been at the centre of coronavirus flare-ups in other Asian cities. A cluster of cases linked to clubs emerged in South Korea this month, triggering fears of a second wave of infections and leading to clubs and bars being shut again.
“I checked with my friends about what types of precautions were taken at each venue before deciding which one to go,” 23-year-old clubber Cao Douzi told Reuters outside 44KW.
China, where the coronavirus emerged late last year, has seen a sharp fall in cases since March.
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Despite being capital of European coronavirus cup champion Germany, a question mark looms over Berlin’s world-famous clubbing scene, where thousands used to dance, sweat, and bosh drugs together nightly.
The issue here should be obvious – if you need a clue, it begins with C – so the city’s techno temples are attempting a pivot to that well-known nightclub specialty of… pizza.
Berliner Zeitung reports that a number of popular nightspots are repurposing the opening permit for the food industry to save their own.
There’s just one little hitch: No dancing allowed.
Those fortunate enough to have outdoor areas like Sisyphos, Birgit & Bier, and Rummels Bay are mulling a transition to become beer gardens that serve booze and pizza from late afternoon until 10pm.
Music will be played, of course, but sweaty gyrating against a fellow patron is a big no-no as social distancing must still be observed. Guests and staff will be required to wear the now-ubiquitous face mask. Customers must also stay seated in Birgit, with the only reason to get up being “if you have to use the toilet.” Good times.
Owners told the paper that they’re sceptical, but the clubbing industry is facing an existential threat. Current government guidance is for the clubs to return “at the end of the year at the earliest, more likely in 2021”. Whether there will be any left to pick up the torch by then is uncertain.
Ipse boss Tom Szana said: “As a club, you lose your unique selling point. You’re just another beer garden.” But he added that the potential for infection in the industry was too great to do much else. “I would be reluctant to ensure that the numbers increase again and the opening for everyone is therefore delayed.”
For some, it makes no economic sense to open even if they do have open-air space. The Yaam, for example, has 5,000 square metres outdoors. It’d normally have the capacity for 700 people, but only 200 fit under social distancing.
Boss man Geoffrey Vasseur told the Zeitung that he would have to hire more staff to reopen, but then the business would be hit by deferred rents. “We just can’t afford to make any more losses,” he said.
So begins the slow road to recovery in a post corona world…
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Governments and health organizations, faced with pressure to reopen the worldwide economy, are beginning to lay out guidelines for the return of venues, nightclubs and music festivals after shutting everything down due to coronavirus.
With over four million cases worldwide, the reopening of the nightlife economy will be gradual. While scenes in China have seen nightlife cautiously return, South Korea’s initial club reopenings are linked to a recent spike of COVID-19 infections in the country, resulting in another nightlife shutdown. Given that, it feels unlikely live music, festivals and club nights will completely return in absence of a vaccine. Still, various governments, like Spain and Ireland, have outlined multi-stage plans to reopen clubs, music festivals and venues along with the rest of economy.
Here’s the latest on nightlife reopening plans around the world:
The US began an uneven reopening effort, with certain localities, such as Austin, Texas, and Springfield, Kentucky, pushing to open bars and nightclubs imminently. With the world’s largest concentration of infections and deaths, reopening efforts in cities like New York and Los Angeles will be carried out in phases, with nightclubs and bars likely being among the last businesses to open.
Italy, which had one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, has begun lifting its lockdown in stages. As of Monday, May 18th, bars and restaurants are allowed to reopen with restrictions around table spacing and masks required for patrons when not sat at tables, according to The Local IT.
By June 15th, live music events of up to 200 people indoors and 1,000 people outdoors can return, so long as there is assigned seating, with mask-wearing attendees sat one meter apart, DJ Mag Italia reports. Nightclubs were not acknowledged in the Council Of Ministers’ new decree, although Sicilian officials said clubs on the island can reopen on June 8th, pending government approval.
Germany has allowed for all shops to reopen with social-distancing measures, which has been good news for the country’s record stores.
Some Berlin clubs, including Sisyphos, have reopened as of Friday, May 15th, as afternoon beer gardens operating with a food license. There are strict no-dancing rules, with most of the bars to close around 10 PM. The state of Bavaria also reopened restaurants on May 18th, according to the BBC.
Germany currently holds a nationwide ban on clubs, theaters and cultural sites until July 31st. Events with 5,000 people or more are banned until October 24th.
The UK Home Office shared the 60-page document Our Plan To Rebuild on May 11th. It includes a three-step plan for phasing out the UK lockdown, with the first in action from the 11th, the second tentatively starting no earlier than June 1st, and the third potentially beginning on July 4th. Pubs and restaurants, under the category of “food-service providers,” are planned to partially reopen in that third stage. However, it also states, “Some venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to reopen safely at this point, or may be able to open safely only in part.”
Nightclubs are only mentioned once: “While reopening outdoor spaces and activities (subject to continued social distancing) comes earlier in the roadmap because the risk of transmission outdoors is significantly lower, it is likely that reopening indoor public spaces and leisure facilities (such as gyms and cinemas), premises whose core purpose is social interaction (such as nightclubs), venues that attract large crowds (like sports stadia), and personal care establishments where close contact is inherent (like beauty salons) may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections.”
Spain’s lockdown-easing plan allows some “cultural events” to take place starting this month. On May 11th, outdoor terraces of restaurants and bars will be allowed to open at 50 percent capacity and no more than 30 people will be permitted to attend indoor events, 200 for socially distanced, seated open-air events. For the final phase, planned for June 10th, the capacity for indoor events rises to 80 people, while outdoor functions can host up to 800 people in seats.
After South Korea recently relaxed social-distancing measures, including allowing clubs to reopen the weekend of April 24th, there’s been a spike in COVID-19 infections, forcing another closure of clubs.
With under 10,000 reported cases, Australia is considering reopening its economy. Restrictions around gatherings have been lifted in some states, and Falls Festival has announced its New Year’s Eve edition will happen with an all-Australian lineup, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. Still, the country’s Chief Medical Officer stated social-distancing guidelines will likely remain in place until a vaccine, and Big Day Out cofounder Ken West said any 2020 events would face a battle to get clearance.
Borders in Denmark remain closed to foreigners, but museums theaters and zoos will begin opening June 8th. Bars, nightclubs and small concert venues will need to wait until sometime in “early” August for reopening, The Local DK reports.
The Netherlands Minister Of Public Health sent a letter to the House Of Representatives saying “mass events at national level” may only be allowed with the existence of a vaccine, AT5reports. Concert halls and theaters, however, will be allowed to take groups of 30, with previous reservations and social distancing, starting June 1st. Groups of 100 will be allowed to gather starting July 1st.
The Portuguese government has banned music festivals until September 30th, and it’s also getting involved in refunds for ticket holders, according to ECO. “If shows, scheduled between February 28th and September 30th, are not performed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the government announced, “the consumers will be provided with ‘a voucher of equal value to the ticket price paid.'”
The Irish government’s 23-page document Roadmap For Reopening Society & Business outlines five phases with tentative timeframes, with the final stage (estimated date August 10th) allowing for “festivals, events and other social mass gatherings… where social distancing can be complied with.”
Businesses have reopened their doors, but a return to normalcy remains far off. For nightclubs that have been closed since late January, reopening to the public has brought with it cautious optimism.
At OIL Club in Shenzhen, a city that borders Hong Kong, crowd turnout is on the low side because some people are still afraid to go out, cofounders Yangyang Song and Huiyuan Sun told RA. “Many people aren’t willing to stay late for parties now, so events also end earlier than before,” they said.
OIL opened to the public on March 27th, the same day as several other venues including TAG in Chengdu and Loopy in Hangzhou..
At TAG, “around 10 to 15 percent of our customers are still hesitant to come out,” according to club booker Aymen Hajlaoui. “I can’t say for sure that we can recoup our losses, but if it continues like this, the outlook doesn’t look bad.”
“I didn’t think we could reopen until the end of April, so to do it by the end of March, the time of our six-year anniversary, was really special,” Hajlaoui said. Before the epidemic, TAG’s birthday was initially planned as a three-day event, but with restrictions loosened in the week leading up to it, the club celebrated by collaborating with Chengdu Community Radio for a small party. The radio platform was launched last year by Hajlaoui and Kristen Ng.
Other clubs in Chengdu, such as Cue and AXIS, are also back at it, but many venues have been asked to remain closed by authorities due to their location or capacity, according to Ng. “Live venues haven’t been given the green light yet, which means band gigs are still on hold,” she said.
Venues in Shanghai were among the nation’s first to open, with hotspots 44KW and Elevator welcoming ravers on March 12th and 20th, respectively. The city was one of the lesser-affected regions by the pandemic, though residents remain careful. Daily Vinyl, an appointment-only record store-cum-guesthouse, isn’t seeing as many walk-ins as before, but cofounder Endy Chen believes that will change as people take time to adjust. Chen, who also runs the labels Eating Music and Groove Bunny Records, is set to play at Elevator’s fourth anniversary on May 1st and anticipates a solid turnout.
Clubs are taking every safety precaution possible, including regular cleaning and disinfecting dance floors. Before entering spaces, people undergo mandatory temperature checks and scan a QR code on their phones that indicates their health status. Once inside, many keep their masks on.
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