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Marbella nightclub closed due to staff Covid positives hopes to reopen this Thursday

The iconic nightclub.
The iconic nightclub. / JOSELE
  • The management of the iconic nightspot Olivia Valère says it is disinfecting the premises after cancelling an event on Monday

The Olivia Valère nightclub in Marbella has announced it will reopen on Thursday after closing unexpectedly on Monday night due to some members of staff testing positive for Covid-19.

The management cancelled the event planned saying that "due to safety measures and for the wellbeing of our customers we have decided to close our premises".

It said, however that it was disinfecting and deep cleaning the club and that the doors would open again this Thursday 6 August, when Drian López is due to peform.

On Monday 27, the nighclub's staff, formed by some 80 people, were tested for coronavirus and the firm published on its Facebook page that 100 per cent of the workforce were negative. However some employees started to feel unwell a few days later, with Covid-19 symptoms. One of them publicly denounced the situation.

Marbella Local Police then contacted the firm to ensure that the correct protocol for positive tests in a business was being followed.

On Wednesday 29 July, the Costa del Sol Health District Epidemiology Unit asked the firm to provide the details of the members of staff as a possible case had been detected.

The nightclub's management has said that owner Olivia Valère was very upset by the situation. "While this is happening in many other businesses, our nightclub is always in the news; it must be because our brand is internationally known", she said.

Marbella town hall said that according to regulations, when cases are detected in a workplace, those affected must self-isolate and the premises disinfected and sanitised to be able to reopen.

Overcrowding incident

In the middle of July, the Marbella Local Police had to intervene at the nightclub when more than 150 people without tickets entered the premises where the Algerian artist Soolking was performing.

The management had sold the 350 tickets permitted according to Covid-19 capacity restrictions, however more people gathered outside trying to get in.

The 30 private security guards taken on for the event were unable to control the crowds of young people who found their way into the club through several doors. According to owner Olivia Valère, it was ticket holders inside who opened the emergency exit doors to let their friends in. The Local Police removed the clubbers without tickets and the show was able to continue at 4am.