AN AWARDS CEREMONY hosted by a Spanish news website, and attended by several Government ministers, has drawn criticism in Spain.
The ceremony hosted by news website El Español was held in Madrid just hours after a State of Emergency was declared amid rising Covid-19 cases.
The event was attended by Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa, Defence Minister Margarita Robles, Justice Minister Juan Carlos Campo, and Culture Minister José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes.
It was also attended by the presidents of three regions, business representatives and sport players, Politico reports.
Despite being in full compliance with “all the protocols”, Finance Minister María Jesús Montero told a press conference yesterday that the Government should be careful to ensure such situations “are not misinterpreted.”
“The event met with all the guarantees…but after seeing how the information has been reported today, it is time for an act of self-reflection by all of us who must take part in public events to limit our participation in physical events as much as possible,” she said.
“We are aware that we should be an example for the wider public and we don’t want news like [this] to emerge,” said Montero.