Crowd control Spain: 14 checkpoints, social distancing electronic panels – Reuters

“Of course there are some concerns. It would be naive not to be worried,” Mayor Enrique Maya said at an event run by local newspaper Diario de Navarra this week. “But I have great faith in our citizens.”Propelled to international fame by Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises”, the eight-day festival draws hundreds of thousands of revellers from across the globe to drink, dance and race through the streets pursued by six fighting bulls.But in April, with Spain’s coronavirus outbreak spiralling out of control, the city called off the festivities for the first time in four decades.The fiesta traditionally kicks off with the “Chupinazo” at noon on July 6, when a rocket is fired from the city hall to the cheers of people crammed into the square clad in white clothes and red neck-scarves.This year, police will set up 14 checkpoints around the Old Town’s narrow streets, enforcing compliance with strict capacity limits. Electronic panels will alert passers by when the main squares have filled up.Bars and restaurants, some of which rely on San Fermines for a fifth of their annual revenue, must adhere to distancing guidelines and are banned from setting up extra tables on the streets.And, in the absence of any livestock, state broadcaster TVE will play reruns of old bull-runs, or “encierros” every morning.

Source: Crowd control, police patrols for Spain’s cancelled bull-running fiesta – Reuters