Despite the numerous headlines claiming Ibiza will be a ghost town for the remainder of 2020, that all beach and night clubs will be shuttered indefinitely thanks to COVID, we’re here to assure you this is not the case. Although Ibiza will not be its usual stumble and you’ll hit a rager, packed to the rafters, all day, all night party monster self, it is still very much open.  

Panic ensued when a few of the heavy-hitter day/nightclubs announced they would not open for the 2020 season. Big names like Hï Ibiza, Ushuaïa, and Pacha announced on their socials that “with a heavy heart… there will be no events this summer” but that this “won’t kill [their] vibe” and that all focus will be put on returning in a bigger and better way for 2021. 

Crowd at O Beach Ibiza 2019 opening party
O Beach Opening Party 2019
Image Credit: The Noise Gate

These closure announcements came quickly after the Balearic government stated, reported by Diario de Ibiza, that nightlife establishments like discos with a dancefloor will likely remain closed until there is a vaccine for the coronavirus. Places that offer music with the option for partygoers to remain seated will be allowed to operate on reduced hours and with extreme safety and sanitary precautions in place. 

The president of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, deemed reopening “very risky” after watching outbreaks in other countries, following the reopening of nightclubs.  

Those beach clubs and venues that are reopening will have reduced capacity. Masks are mandatory in most places on the island, but sun loungers and swimming pools are exempt, granted you maintain an appropriate and safe distance from others. Reservations are also a must. 

Staff at Cafe del Mar Ibiza wearing a mask
Image Credit: @cafedelmar

So, where can you soak up the sun and bliss out to some Balearic beats? Café Mambo is alive and well – Fatboy Slim recently took to the decks for a special sunset setO Beach pool parties are in full effect. Blue Marlin is serving up cocktails with a view. Ibiza Rocks is fully embracing the new normal and has a calendar full of poolside sessions. Other open hot spots include Nikki Beach, Café del Mar, Pikes, Destino, and more.  

If anyone is feeling the isolation itch and in need of a little vacation, Ibiza is ready and waiting. Just remember, while borders and beach clubs may be open, the pandemic is still in full effect. Travel and party safely so we can welcome the 2021 Ibiza season with all venues open! 

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