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Spain’s most famous bull-running festival in Pamplona is AXED due to the coronavirus pandemic 

Spain’s most famous bull run has been AXED due to the coronavirus crisis.

Pamplona council has officially confirmed that
the San Fermin festivities, which include bullfights and bull runs through the
streets, will not be held in July.

Originally, organisers were hoping just to
suspend the event which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from
throughout the world. Although this has not been ruled out totally, it is now
“highly unlikely” to take place during 2020 at all.

A campaign has been launched in Spanish,
Basque, French and English with the message “As soon as we can … #We
will live”.

Acting mayor, Ana Elizalde, speaking on behalf
of the Mayor, Enrique Maya who himself is recovering from Covid-19, said:
“Not matter how much expected it was, it does not stop us all feeling
sad.”. 

Although there are still two and a half months
until July 6, she said “it seems evident, and I think that is the feeling
of public opinion, that our beloved parties are very close to the
coronavirus.”

Pamplona council took the decision in
consensus with all the municipal groups, “bearing in mind that the fight
against Covid-19 has become a world priority and that there is no other option
for parties as massive and international as the Sanfermines”. 

“In this way, the Sanfermines in Pamplona
join events of such worldwide importance as the Tokyo Olympic Games, the
European Championship and the Tour de France or national festivals such as the
Fallas or the April Fair that have been postponed or suspended several months
before the celebration,” said the acting mayor.

At the press conference, it was also reported
that a large part of this year’s budget for San Fermín should be used for
expenses derived from the actions carried out by the City Council to try to
alleviate the consequences of the health crisis caused by Covid -19. For
example, requests for social emergency aid and the demand for the municipal
canteen have multiplied, and due to the saturation of the Homeless Assistance
Centre, other accommodation resources have been enabled in the hostels of Jesús
y María and Casa Paderborn, in the old convent of María Auxiliadora and in some
pensions.

The suspension of the festivals has been
discussed with directly affected groups such as the hotel and tourism
associations, one of the most affected by the cancellation. 

“The council and the representatives of
this sector are already working on finding ways to generate activity and try to
compensate, at least in part, for the losses that the suspension of San Fermin
will cause. In this sense, the council is also in permanent contact with
merchant associations and other areas to work together for the economic
reactivation of the city, as soon as the health situation allows” said Ana
Elizalde.

And on any future date, she added: “We are in
an unpredictable scenario and to guess or anticipate what will happen in five
months would be an exercise of irresponsibility. Today, it seems complicated
that the Sanfermines can be held this year, but we will wait to see how events
evolve. “