The portable bullring was filled to the brim for the trimmers contest, despite the fact that regional regulations establish that it could only hold 50% of the capacity
The trimmers contest held this Friday in Blanca
on the occasion of the San Roque festivities it was a public success. The portable bullring installed
on the road to Ojós it was filled to the brim, and even at the entrances long lines of people who had tickets to attend the show formed. In other times, this influx to a celebration would even be good news for the City Council. But we are in the middle of a pandemic and there are a number of
preventive measures to be taken into account.
The regulations of the health authority for municipalities with a high alert level, such as Blanca (incidence of 411 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days), indicates that bullfighting shows such as the one held on Friday can only
hold 50% of the capacity, with a maximum of 2,000 people in the event that it is a large outdoor space. All attendees must be
seated in armchairs, with the mask on and keeping a safe distance.
The photographs and videos that accompany this information reflect that allegedly
sanitary restrictions were not respected. In addition, there were protests from citizens with tickets who stayed outside the square because
There were no more people, so it is evident that more tickets were sold than allowed.
Other complaints made by Blanca’s neighbors is the
Lack of security in the laptop square. They claim that there was no portable corral, so the steers who participated in the trimmer contest had to return to a truck. Witnesses claim that, during the course of the show,
a bull was about to escape and he came to stick his head out of the pigsty of the truck, which caused panic in the outskirts of the square among the public that gathered around.
Likewise, to remove the first of the steers from the square, it was tied by a rope to the pigsty gate, which provoked protests from the attendees.
For his part, the businessman organizing the trimmer contest told LA TRUTH that
all sanitary regulations were strictly complied with and that even the government delegate present at the celebration certified that
no more tickets were sold than were available.
The Blanca City Council disassociates itself from the organization of the bullfighting event and denies that the measures were breached
Sources from the Blanca City Council disassociate the local entity from the bullfighting celebration held on the occasion of the San Roque festivities, in which the measures to combat Covid-19 could be violated. They assure that
the responsibility lies with the private company and, how is it,
They deny that the capacity limits were exceeded in the portable plaza. They justify that the venue was not as full as one might suppose from the broadcast images. They point out that
many neighbors went with their young children, who sat on his legs, as well as with
refrigerators, so that more space appears occupied than it was.
The Consistory, governed by the PSOE and Somos Región (a party that is also managed by the Department of Celebrations), also assure that, according to the company, the government delegate who watches over bullfighting shows
he did not observe any irregularities in ticket sales or capacity.