The EC seeks coordinated measures for the reopening of culture in the EU

Brussels, Jun 29 (EFE) .- The European Commission (EC) proposed this Tuesday a series of measures to guarantee, in a coordinated way among the countries of the European Union (EU), the "safe" resumption of the cultural and recreational sector in the community club.

The guidelines, which take into account the different epidemiological situations within the EU, their evolution and the progress of the vaccination campaign, include a series of recommendations, indicators and criteria for the reopening of activities in the Member States.

Thus, it is suggested that cultural establishments should have an action protocol in case a case of coronavirus is detected among the public, as well as that they make sure to record the contact details of the attendees in case it is necessary to trace them.

Brussels also opens the door for locals to request negative coronavirus tests or a vaccination certificate from attendees to be admitted to the venue, but maintains that the requirement of a negative test "can be extended to fully vaccinated people" depending on the evolution of the variants in the area.

Furthermore, EU countries are advised to "strategically and gradually" lift restrictions in the sector and to promote actions that guarantee the "sustainable recovery" of the sector.

However, the EC advocates continuing with other current restrictions, such as maintaining social distance, ensuring adequate ventilation and the use of a mask by the public.

The Community Executive trusts that the guidelines, presented today, will guide the design and application of protocols in the member states to cover both the reopening and the recovery of a sector especially driven by the pandemic.

"We need coordinated and tailored efforts throughout the EU so that the world of culture can resume its activities safely and gradually and be more prepared for future future crises," said the Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Promoting Lifestyle European, Margaritis Schinas.

These coordinated efforts are the objective of the guidelines, indicated the European Commissioner for Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabirela, who insisted on the idea that the “safe” reopening of cultural environments must be accompanied by a series of actions that guarantee the "Sustainable recovery and resilience of the entire sector".


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