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No festivals on Zrće, Pag this year, authorities announce 

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ZAGREB, 30 June – Zrće beach in Novalja on the island of Pag is famous for being the festival and party beach central in Croatia but this year it will be very quiet. 

On Monday, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the City of Novalja held a special meeting via video conference to discuss the current situation with regards to Covid-19 and plans for the summer regarding the nightclubs on the beach. 

No festivals on Zrće this year 

“In the area of Zrće beach, in agreement with the owners of clubs and festivals, no electronic music festival has been organised so far, nor does the City of Novalja want to issue any consent for holding music events on Zrće beach. Given the recent events in Croatia, and because of the appearance of coronavirus in some nightclubs, today the Headquarters decided that this summer tourist season will not issue approvals to clubs and concessionaires on Zrće beach for festivals, after parties and similar parties. The same goes for party boats,” the statement said. 

It was also proposed at the meeting that the Municipality of Kolan, where the Noa Club and other smaller nightclubs are located, should follow the same decision. 

“After the adoption of this decision and contact with the Mayor of Kolan Mr. Marin Pernjak, an identical conclusion was agreed, which will be reached during the day at the session of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Municipality of Kolan.

Furthermore, the Headquarters has decided that no further concerts, festivities and outdoor parties will be held until further notice, where a larger number of visitors can be expected.

No Covid-19 cases in Novalja 

The situation in Novalja is good for now and there are no people infected with the coronavirus.

According to the eVisitor system, as of June 28, 5,293 tourists were registered in the area of the City of Novalja, which is 53.28% of the same day last year. Most of the tourists (57.05%) are staying in the Straško camp. 

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