The COVID-19 pandemic this Wednesday caused the cancellation or postponement of concerts and other cultural activities in Colombia where the authorities recommended limiting events with large public participation to reduce the risk of contagion.
The Colombian Ministry of Health confirmed this Wednesday that in total there are nine people infected in the country, which added to the declaration of a “pandemic” by the World Health Organization (WHO), led the authorities to reinforce the actions. against coronavirus.
In response to the request of the Mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, to postpone any public or private event of more than 1,000 people, the Movistar Arena, the city’s main concert venue, announced the suspension of those scheduled for the next few days, from the Spanish Alejandro Sanz and Raphael, and the Colombian Juanes.
“We inform that the events scheduled for March 12, 13 and 14, 2020 at the Movistar Arena are currently postponed until further instructions from the organizers of each of the events,” that company together with the company reported in a statement. Colombian Scenarios.
ALEJANDRO SANZ, RAPHAEL AND JUANES
The presentation of Alejandro Sanz as part of his “La Gira” tour was scheduled on the Movistar Arena billboard on Thursday 12, and the next day Raphael’s return to Colombia with his symphonic concert.
The concert of the Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes with his show “Juanes for all”, a musical tour of his successes, was scheduled for Saturday the 14th.
“The most important thing is to take care of ourselves and follow the recommendations of the authorities regarding COVID-19. We are going to reschedule and keep our appointment,” Juanes said in a statement.
RESTRICTIONS ON SPANISH FILM SHOW
The coronavirus health emergency also forced the Spanish embassy to suspend the “training and creation activities” of the Eighth Spanish Film Festival scheduled for March 19.
“However, the projection of films remains as it appears in the programming,” said the embassy, according to which these decisions were made “due to the incidents caused by the coronavirus crisis and the measures imposed by Colombia on travelers from from Spain”.
Colombian President Iván Duque announced today that the Government will put travelers arriving in the country from Spain, Italy, France and China in “preventive isolation” to protect collective health.
The Universidad del Norte, in Barranquilla, also opted for the postponement for the second semester of the year of the XXIII Europe Chair, which has Spain as a special guest and whose celebration was scheduled from March 24 to 27.
CRUISES WITHOUT PORT
The restrictions by COVID-19 also affect tourism since the Mayor of Cartagena de Indias temporarily suspended the arrival of cruise ships at the city’s port as of Thursday.
“The cruises that were scheduled to arrive in Cartagena and will no longer do so are: the ‘Emerald Princess’, ‘Aida Luna’ and ‘Queen Victoria’ with 6,793 passengers and 2,759 crew. These three cruises come from Panama, one with English tourists. and another of Germans “, informed in a statement the mayor in charge of Cartagena, Diana Martínez Berrocal.
The official explained that the decision was made after evaluating “the risk of the spread of the coronavirus, because Cartagena is a city with a port and tourist vocation to which more than 15,000 tourists arrive daily.”
One of the nine confirmed coronavirus cases in Colombia is that of an elderly American woman who “entered the country on March 8 through Cartagena” and “is in acceptable conditions with isolation in hospitalization,” the vice minister of Health said on Wednesday. , Alexander Moscoso.
As recently reported by the Port Authority, 45 cruises were expected to arrive in Cartagena de Indias until June 30, bringing about 150,000 passengers.