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Coronavirus: Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia basilica reopens for key workers

Health workers and off-duty police officers were among those granted access to the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona on Saturday

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One of Spain’s most famous landmarks, the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, ​​has reopened its doors to visitors for the first time since it was closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For the first few days, access to the soaring facility will be granted only to those who have helped fight the virus in the city, including health workers and police officers.

Health workers, police officers and NGO staff visit the Sagrada Familia basilica with their families as it reopens after the coronavirus epidemic, in Barcelona, ​​Spain, 4 July 2020.

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The next phase will see Barcelona residents gain free access to the building, designed by the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.

People hug each other in the basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, ​​Spain, 4 July 2020

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Gaudì’s still unfinished masterpiece is the most visited building in Spain, attracting around 4.5 million people in a normal year.

Antoni Gaudi's building attracts around 4.5 million people in a normal year

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Opening up to a limited number of key workers on Saturday meant that expulsion could be followed, while visitors also wore masks.

The main workers who visited the basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Spain wore masks

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For the past three months, the Sagrada Familia has been empty of visitors due to restrictions in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Visitors to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, ​​Spain

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Tourists will be able to return later, which has yet to be announced.

A man cleans the basilica of the Sagrada Familia before its reopening, after being closed for over three months due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Spain, 3 July 2020

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On Friday, a large-scale cleaning operation took place at the popular tourist attraction before reopening.

The basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona remains closed to the public and tourists

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Spain has recorded over 250,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 28,385 deaths related to Covid-19, according to the latest data collected by Johns Hopkins University.


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