Spain holidays: Mallorca and Ibiza toughen coronavirus rules – no outside dining allowed

Spain holidays have changed immensely in recent months. The country has issued a plethora of rules in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus. Spain currently has the highest number of COVID cases in Europe.

It has 566,326 confirmed cases at the time of writing.

Mallorca and Ibiza are two Spanish islands hugely popular with British holidaymakers.

Both have further tightened rules this weekend.

The toughening of restrictions comes as government leaders say there is light at the end of the tunnel for the return of British holidaymakers.

President of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol yesterday announced new measures to try and stop the spread of COVID-19.

These included the closure of all playgrounds, the suspension of all fairs and festivals, a ban on al fresco dining and reduced capacity limits for sporting events, cinemas and theatres.

Four districts of Palma, Mallorca’s capital, are also on a voluntary lockdown as of yesterday, which affects around 23,000 people.

Movements are being restricted in Son Gotleu, Can Capes, Soledat Nord and part of Son Canals where a “stay at home” message is being relayed.

Similar lockdown measures may follow in other parts of Mallorca and Ibiza if coronavirus figures don’t decrease.

Ibiza town and the island’s resort of San Antonio are being closely monitored.

Health minister Patricia Gómez said the other measures for the rest of the islands would come into effect today (Saturday).

Playgrounds in schools are not being closed but all others are and any leisure activities for children and young people will be restricted to groups of ten.

“It is forbidden to hold fairs, popular festivals, fiestas, al fresco dinners and other popular events, both private and municipal or island, as well as fairground attractions,” said the minister.

People practising sports, such as swimming, must now observe greater social distancing and capacities cut to 75 per cent.

Theatre, cinema and auditorium capacity has been slashed by half, with seats being distanced and masks compulsory.

The measures will last for at least 15 days.

Despite the new restrictions, the Balearic government said it was still working towards getting British visitors back as quickly as possible through the establishment of safe air corridors.

“The first goal on the table is that the Balearic Islands can reduce the level of incidence of the disease as soon as possible,” said a spokesperson.

“Once the rate of contagion has been reduced, a trend that has already begun in the Balearics, the islands will be able to see a horizon in order to reactivate activity as soon as possible.”

On Friday, the Balearic Islands added five new deaths and 317 new cases of COVID-19.

Since the beginning of the health crisis, 10,836 people have been infected in the islands and 265 have died.

There are currently 2,101 active cases, 50 more than on Thursday.

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