Fira de Barcelona continues its efforts to contain the effects of the grave crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic. As well as opening its Palau 7 at the Montjuïc site as a shelter for vulnerable persons, Fira is setting up a medical facility at its Gran Via site.
The trade fair institution is cooperating with the Health Department of the Catalan Regional Government, the Generalitat, to set up a temporary hospital, called Fira Salut, at its Gran Via premises where the initial space prepared for 300 hospital beds can be augmented to as many as 2000.
This temporary hospital, which will occupy several of the site’s pavilions, will be devoted to handling coronavirus patients with mild or moderate symptoms as a way of relieving the pressure on the health system. It will be staffed by up to 600 hospital specialists and primary care workers.
Commitment to the region and its people
The CEO of Fira de Barcelona, Constantí Serrallonga said that “in view of the serious medical crisis, we are more conscious than ever of our commitment to the region and its people, which is why we are placing our facilities and experience at the disposal of the institutions and society in general with the aim of helping wherever necessary to provide relief in this pandemic.”.
He also expressed “our thanks to our Fira staff and suppliers who have made it possible for us to respond quickly to this emergency situation” and underlines the institution’s “responsibility to society and the community“.
Centre for vulnerable persons
The creation of the temporary hospital Fira Salut is part of the efforts being made by Fira de Barcelona, as is the opening of Palau 7 (Victòria Eugènia) at the Montjuïc site, which has been arranged to function as a shelter for persons at risk, with 225 beds and capacity to expand to up to a thousand in total, available from Wednesday 25 March.
The space opened measures 6,000 m2 and has been prepared thanks to cooperation between Barcelona City Council, the Red Cross, the Armed Forces Emergency Units with 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 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 free of charge (lighting and air-conditioning) to ensure maximum comfort for those using this space.
Fira has also collaborated through the donation of two tons of food to food banks that were distributed by the NGO Nutrició Sense Fronteres, and the preparation of 24,000 meals at the central kitchens of the Gran Via site, which were distributed to hospitals and residential homes for the elderly.