Madrid opera halted by audience protest over lack of social distancing

Spectators at Teatro Real say they were crammed into seats without space between them

A performance of Verdi’s A Masked Ball was abandoned in Madrid on Sunday night after audience members protested over the lack of social distancing measures – especially for those in cheaper seats.

One member of the audience at the Teatro Real opera house said there were rows of more than a dozen people without any gaps between them.

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