The space prepared in Palau 7 at Fira de Barcelona’s Montjuïc site (formerly known as Victòria Eugènia) as a shelter for vulnerable persons opened on 25 March, initially with room for 225 people, but with capacity to hold as many as a thousand. The Fair organization has placed these installations at the disposal of Barcelona City Council as part of its efforts to contribute in every possible way in the challenging situation created by Covid-19.

The CEO of Fira de Barcelona, Constantí Serrallonga, stated that “we are more ready than ever before to accept our commitments to the city in this exceptional situation and we shall make our installations available for institutions and bodies to help in every way we can with whatever is necessary to contain the effects of the pandemic”. He also went on to emphasise “the hard work and dedication of teams from many different institutions, organizations and suppliers to prepare this space given by Fira in record time”.

The space opened in Palau 7 measures 6.000 m2 and has been prepared thanks to cooperation between Barcelona City Council, the Red Cross, the Armed Forces Emergency Units and the Army, Barcelona’s Fire Service, the local Police force and Fira de Barcelona. It meets all the requirements demanded by the health authorities and can guarantee the provision of all food, safety and hygiene services.

In addition, Fira de Barcelona and Endesa have reached an agreement whereby the utilities company will provide all the energy required (lighting and air-conditioning) free of charge to ensure maximum comfort for those using this space.