Since last September 26 and until October 25, the town of Vila-real hosts a portable bullring in which correbous celebrations are held, an initiative promoted by a private company and that has the support of the local government (from the PSPV) framed as an initiative to support the sector in the midst of a pandemic. The controversy has especially arisen this weekend after a ‘bou embolat’ took place on Saturday night, from which images have transpired showing that the mandatory measures of social distance were not being met.
The breeders will receive 289,000 euros from the councils of Valencia and Castellón after sacrificing 3,000 bulls and ask for more aid
The released images have raised criticism for the situation of increase in positive cases of coronavirus. In the video shown you can see young men holding the bull in a huddle, although they do wear their masks on.
These celebrations have the corresponding authorizations from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health. The consistory has expressed from the first moment its will that the city can continue to celebrate bullfighting events, complying with the prevention measures for COVID-19, “in support of the sector of the cattle ranching of wild cattle and in defense of the tradition of the bou on the street “.
According to the regulations approved by the Generalitat Valenciana that regulates the celebration of bullfighting festivals in the current situation of health crisis -and in the elaboration of which the mayor of Vila-real, José Benlloch participated- these acts can only be carried out at bullrings or closed enclosures and municipalities have to expressly express their willingness to host them, although the authorization corresponds to the regional government. In this case, after the request by the Montauro company, the Generalitat has authorized the installation of this enclosure, with capacity for 800 people, despite the fact that the number of entries is conditioned to that established by the health authorities, with all prevention measures for COVID-19, including regional regulations.