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Monday, December 21, 2020

Tomorrow will be a very special draw for the El Gordo lottery, with masks and antigen tests for the children of San Ildefonso

Children of the San Ildefonso school sing out the numbers

Once more, this Tuesday, December 22, a new edition of the Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad de Lotería Nacional (Extraordinary Christmas Draw of the National Lottery), known as El Gordo (The Fat One) will be held. It will start a few minutes after 8:00 am, at the Teatro Real de Madrid. The Christmas Lottery draw will be broadcast live from 07:30 on La 1, TVE Internacional, Radio Nacional de España and RTVE Digital, on the web and on social media. In addition, you can follow, minute by minute, at La Laguna Ahora.

The Extraordinary Draw of the Christmas Lottery 2020 will have a protocol of health security and prevention measures against coronavirus, with among others, antigen tests, the maintenance of the safety distance, and the use of screens and masks. Lotteries have already reported that this year the draw will be held without public attendance and that the capacity allowed in the theater for the media will be reduced to 50%.

The Sociedad Estatal de Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (SELAE) has reported that "it will be the draw with the highest health security measures in its history and without the usual presence of the public" and recalled that "it has been working for months", together with the Teatro Real and the San Ildefonso School, in the development of this protocol. 

Among the provisions agreed by the three institutions, “the strict security measures that will take place on stage” stand out, including antigen testing of all girls and boys and workers who remain on stage. The boys and girls of the Colegio de San Ildefonso will only be allowed to remove their masks at the moment in which they sing the prize and number, and will maintain a safety distance of two meters between their positions in the room. The ball drums will be further apart than usual to ensure the safety of the workers. There will also be a security screen for the professionals; and the presidential table will have four members, instead of the usual five, to comply with the minimum safety distance between them. 

The children of San Ildefonso have been singing the numbers of the National Lottery for more than two centuries. The first draw in which they took part was on March 9, 1771.

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