Spain: Barcelona Sagrada Familia reopens doors to health workers

Barcelona's Sagrada Familia reopened its doors to visitors on Saturday, after being closed for 114 days amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The opening will take place in phases, allowing access to different groups. The first phase of opening has been called the 'Homage Phase' and will take place on the weekends of 4 and 5 and 11 and 12 June. It will be open to workers who have been on the front lines of the battle against the coronavirus. This includes health workers, staff from social entities and NGOs, and business and trade organisations. Today, «the first 750 people from the health group are visiting us in a very exclusive environment that is very different from what is usual, and of course we are very happy and satisfied that today, once again, there will be public and people enjoying this beautiful setting of [Spanish/Catalan architect Antoni] Gaudi's masterpiece,» said Xavier Martinez, director of Operations of the Sagrada Familia Construction Board. The next phase will be called 'Barcelona Time' and will be aimed at the city's residents. Finally, the third phase will open the doors to local and international tourism. One of the visitors who was able to enter the cathedral as part of the 'Homage Phase' described the gesture as «fantastic.» To date, Spain has registered 250,545 cases of COVID-19 and 28,385 linked deaths, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

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