Seville's Easter processions in 2021 fall victim to the Covid-19 pandemic

Holy Week processions in Seville. File photograph.
Holy Week processions in Seville. File photograph. / EUROPA PRESS
  • The huge Semana Santa events that normally see thousands line the streets are cancelled for the second consecutive year

The Archbishop of Seville, Monsignor Juan José Asenjo, has signed an order to suspend Holy Week processions in the city in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He has ordered the official suspension of the events and celebrations organised by parishes, brotherhoods or other ecclesial groups that in general make use of the public highway.

“Taking into account the organisational complexity of managing the huge crowds we are forced to take extraordinary measures to help mitigate the spread of the Covid,” explained a statement published on the Archbishop's website.

The text highlights that “the persistence of high levels of incidence of the disease continue to discourage, for the coming months, the concentration of large groups of people”.

On 17 December, the mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas, announced the suspension of next year’s April Fair because he could not guarantee the safety of people given that it is expected that at that time only 30 per cent of the population will be immunised against Covid-19.