- Title: Disinfection and strict rules, as Gaudi's Sagrada Familia prepares to reopen
- Date: 3rd July 2020
- Summary: BARCELONA, SPAIN (JULY 3, 2020) (REUTERS) TOURIST POSING IN FRONT OF SAGRADA FAMILIA (SACRED FAMILY) TEMPLE FOR PHOTO SIGN INSIDE SAGRADA FAMILIA INDICATING THAT EVERYBODY AT THE TEMPLE HAS TO WEAR FACE MASKS, KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE AND DISINFECT HANDS / TEMPLE VARIOUS OF WOMAN DRIVING INDUSTRIAL CLEANING MACHINE IN THE INTERIOR OF TEMPLE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RICKSHAW DRIVER, MARTIN, 45, SAYING: "My name is Martin, I am 45 and I provide tours through the city on my rickshaw bike and generally working in the high season is beautiful and a lot of fun, you meet a lot of people and with this pandemic obviously we had no work (camera pans up to Sagrada Familia temple), nothing. We only followed the rules we had to follow and nothing else." MAN MOPPING THE FLOOR OF SAGRADA FAMILIA'S ALTAR VARIOUS OF PEOPLE MOPPING THE FLOOR WOMAN PLACING SOCIAL DISTANCING STICKERS ON PEW INDICATING WHERE PEOPLE CAN SIT VARIOUS OF STAFF DISINFECTING PEWS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RICKSHAW DRIVER, MARTIN, 45, SAYING: "Now we are starting to see a little more activity because the borders have opened and the tourists that arrive are a curious and more receptive (of my services). I think that from now everything will grow. (Martin off camera) So it will be better for everyone. PEOPLE WALKING INSIDE SAGRADA FAMILIA TEMPLE HAND SANITIZER DISPENSER INTERIOR OF SAGRADA FAMILIA TEMPLE
- Embargoed: 17th July 2020 12:48
- Keywords: Barcelona Sagrada Familia Sagrada Familia temple Spain
- Location: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- City: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CL9AM9Z
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- Story Text: Antonio Gaudi's extraordinary Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family) temple in Barcelona was disinfected on Friday (July 3) as it prepared to re-open its doors on Saturday (July 4) with strict anti-coronavirus regulations.
The unfinished temple, which combines Gothic and Art Nouveau styles, will reopen after over three months in three phases where face masks, hand santizing and social distancing will be mandatory.
The first, called the "Tribute Phase" (July 4,5 and 11, 12), will exclusively admit Barcelona's health and frontline workers, as well members of NGOs and business organisations, which have actively contributed to controlling the coronavirus emergency,
In the second phase, "Barcelona Time," residents of Catalan capital will have free access to the temple. Subsequently, at a date to be announced, national and international tourists will have access to the iconic attraction.
The Sagrada Familia was ranked the sixth most visited tourist attraction in the world based on bookings, according to TripAdvisor's 2019 list, and the most visited in Spain.
Spain is the world's second-most visited country after France and normally receives more than 80 million tourists a year.
The pandemic has taken a huge economic toll on the country's tourism sector which represents one job in every eight, and contributes more than 12% to Spain's 1.3 trillion euro gross domestic product.
The Spanish government announced on June 18 a near 4.3 billion euro ($4.82 billion) plan to help the crucial tourism industry recover from the coronavirus crisis that halted leisure travel for three months.
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