BRUSSELS, 29 (EUROPA PRESS)
The European Commission has requested this Tuesday an orderly reopening of museums, cinemas, theaters and concerts, with the use of PCR tests and the vaccination certificate, with which to achieve the recovery of the cultural and artistic sector in Europe.
Brussels requires the Twenty-seven to lift all restrictions due to the pandemic “gradually and strategically” and to recover cultural activity with shows for a limited number of people.
To that end, the European Executive has presented a guide that proposes that cultural institutions design contingency plans with protocols and actions against possible infections. It demands that vaccination be promoted among workers in the sector and that those attending activities have to present a negative test, the vaccination certificate or a demonstration that they have overcome the disease.
Apart from complying with a series of protective measures, such as the use of masks, ventilation and cleaning of cultural facilities, it is proposed that cultural centers ensure the possibility of tracking attendees in the event of possible outbreaks.
In presenting the guide, the Commission’s Vice President for Migration, Margaritis Schinas, assured that it is time to reopen the sector and for Brussels to accompany this process. “The cultural and creative sectors are a strong European asset and are important for a sustainable recovery,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Culture, Mariya Gabriel, has valued that these parameters will facilitate the coordination of measures at the level of Member States to achieve a safe reopening that, as she has pointed out, must go hand in hand with measures to guarantee the recovery of the sector.
This community proposal comes after learning that in the context of the pandemic, movie theaters experienced a 70% drop in sales, music venues had 76 percent less attendance, and museums lost around 75 percent of their income.