Authorities in Spain’s Balearic Islands ordered the closure Wednesday of bars and bars in beachfront locations popular with young and foreign visitors, ending on limitless inebriated nights to the beat of techno music.
Arguing the need to stop the spread of the brand-new coronavirus, local authorities issued the order for all facilities along Mallorca’s “Beer St.” and “Ham St.”, as the popular celebration areas near the beach of Palma de Mallorca are known, and another boulevard in neighboring Magaluf.
The area’s tourism minister, Iago Negueruela, stated the Mediterranean island chain also wants to shake off its track record as a wild celebration destination.
Individuals stroll in the Bierstrasse street (Miquel Pellisa street) in El Arenal beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 15,2020
” We do not desire uncivil travelers in our islands, we do not want them to come,” Negueruela stated at a press conference, revealing that the facilities ought to close since Thursday up until more notification.
Scenes of boozy Mallorca visitors disregarding social-distancing rules and going without face masks went viral on social networks in current weeks and made headings in Germany and the U.K., house to much of the travelers that Mediterranean islands typically court.
Spanish regional authorities are likewise prohibiting straws and glasses containing more than 0.5 liters of alcoholic beverages due to the fact that they want to stop beverages from being shared by various people, along with bar stools that might tempt party-goers to remain.
Open touristic bars are seen in the corner of Bierstrasse street (Miquel Pellisa street) in El Arenal beach, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 15,2020
Negueruela cautioned that authorities would take action versus travelers who ignore the policies.
” We are not going to allow this absence of control,” he stated.
Police officers patrol as travelers stand in a balcony at the resort of Magaluf on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain, Thursday, July 16,2020
The island chain is trying to brand name itself as a safe destination for travelers after a three-month halt on all economic activity throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Spain has recorded at least 28,400 COVID-19 deaths and is grappling with dozens of fresh break outs after the country started to reopen last month.