The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, has said that "everything seems to indicate" that there will be no Holy Week processions in Andalucía in 2021, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
It would be the second year without the traditional Semana Santa celebrations that usually see huge religious processions involving a massive number of partcipants and spectactators.
In an interview with Telecinco he said that the church authorities, who have to make the final decision in the religious sphere, also agree with the health authorities it will be very complicated to safely organise the events in a short period of time.
Moreno said he is fully aware of the impact the cancellation of the processions and key events like the April fair in Seville have on the economy which - could run into region billions of euros.
During a separate interview the Junta’s vice-president and tourism minister, Juan Marín, did hint other "types of activities" could be held by the religious brotherhoods for Easter, but "we will have to see how virus and vaccination programme evolve."