Ibiza clubs get the green light but few will reopen

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  • Of the super clubs, only Amnesia and DC-10 have confirmed their reopening so far.
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  • Ibiza clubs can reopen indoors as of this Friday, October 8th, but most will choose not to. The High Court Of Justice Of The Balearic Islands (TSJB) has given the final green light to the nightlife industry by sanctioning the use of Covid-19 passports for entry, Periódico De Ibiza reports. Other restrictions include a 5 AM closing time, mandatory masks on the dance floor and a maximum capacity of 75 percent. Despite the good news—most venues in Ibiza haven't opened indoors since summer 2019—few will take advantage of the last-minute ruling. The main ones are Amnesia, which has a closing party planned on October 23rd, and DC-10, which has announced three parties in October. Pacha is still considering reopening, Periódico De Ibiza reports, while Hï, Ushuaïa and Privilege have ruled it out. Last week, José Luis Benítez, head of the Leisure Association Of Ibiza (AOI), said on local TV that it costs a super club up to €100,000 to open, Periódico De Ibiza reports. This explains why so few are taking the risk. The other big reason is staffing shortages. Brexit and the pandemic have left Ibiza without the usual influx of workers from the UK, Spain and Italy. "It's really hard to find staff," Dawn Hindle, creative director of Pikes and Ibiza Rocks, told Resident Advisor last month. "Especially like kitchen service, staff waiters, everything. So to actually be able to even find staff to open a venue in October for a month, I think it's impossible." Pikes, a cosy venue and hotel near San Antonio, has events in the diary from Friday onwards. But Hindle and her team have used the pandemic as a way of rethinking the venue's offering, focussing more on the restaurant and hotel. "As a venue, we've got less staff, we're open for less hours but you're probably taking the same money," she said. "So actually, it becomes a bit more sustainable as a business model." As well as clubs, the new ruling has extended the closing times for bars and other smaller late-night locales to 4 AM. Social distancing, table service and the dancing ban, however, remain in place.
    Katie Thomas contributed additional reporting to this story. Update, October 4th: A previous version of this article said that DC-10 was still considering its reopening. The club has now announced three parties in October.