This afternoon, Britons’ worst fears were confirmed.
The government confirmed “the closure of all commercial, leisure and restaurant establishments in Punta Balena de Magaluf, Miquel Pellisa (better known as Carrer de la Cervesa) and Pare Bartomeu Salvà (better known as in Carrer del Pernil) in Platja de Palma.
They added: “These measures will be published today in the BOIB, their entry into force will have immediate effect and will have a duration of two months extendable.”
The decision comes after scenes of drunk Britons and Germans emerged in Magaluf and Platja de Palma.
Spain holidays: Balearics shut hotspot after Britons’ drunken behaviour
Spain holidays: Punta Ballena strip is usually popular with tourists (taken June 2019)
Britons were given the green light to travel to Spain, without facing quarantine on their return, this month.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website reads: “From July 4, Spain is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”
The Balearic government statement continued: “At a time like today, in which the Balearic Islands have been one of the communities hardest hit by the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and in which any resurgence would be a very hard blow for the entire tourism sector, the Government maintains its commitment to eradicate this type of tourism linked to alcohol, excesses and public disorder and to promote higher quality tourism.”
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The Minister of Economic Model, Tourism and Work, Iago Negueruela has said these actions will help contain the virus and protect jobs.
He said: “Our workers have made a huge effort and we will not endanger them, we will continue to protect them.”
The government has said it will “act where necessary” to enforce the rules.
The Balearic government is also hoping to improve inspections on the islands.
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The statement added: “The epidemiological situation of the archipelago is excellent and what is sought with these measures is to continue to be so.
“In the last 14 days, the archipelago has the lowest cumulative incidence rate in Europe, with 4.78 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
“This is a much lower figure than that recorded in Spain as a whole (14.8) and is also well below that of its main tourist emitting markets, both the United Kingdom (does not provide data) and Germany (6.8).”
Videos have emerged over the past few days of revelling British – as well as German – tourists displaying loutish behaviour – and Spain is now looking to crack down on such conduct.
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Authorities say the “disgraceful” behaviour of young British holidaymakers clambering on top of cars, shouting and chanting whilst obviously drunk, must be put to an end.
Partygoers have been spotted not social distancing or wearing masks.
The world’s coronavirus case rate is now over 13.5 million.
The UK’s cases are just below 300,000 with over 45,000 deaths from the deadly virus.
Additional reporting by Rita Sobot