Magaluf’s famous party strip is to re-open on October 15th, the Balearic government has confirmed.
Bars, shops and restaurants selling alcohol on Punta Ballena were told to close down in July in a shock move which left them fearing they would never reopen again.
But officials said today that they are lifting their restrictions in a number of so-called “areas of excess tourism” due to the improved coronavirus situation in the islands.
The new order will NOT apply to nightclubs which have to remain closed, as elsewhere on the islands, together with a ban on dancing.
Punta Ballena has been wiped out since the order was made, though a number of Brits still managed to get themselves arrested for causing unruly behaviour.
The Balearic government is expected to stick to its guns about trying to curb scenes of drunken mayhem by maintaining a ban on pub crawls, party boats and all drink offers. Two party strips in Palma are also being allowed to reopen but from Sunday as opposed to October 15th.
Outbreaks of coronavirus in these areas are said to have dropped dramatically during the closures.
The Magaluf party strip will still have to adhere to the general coronavirus safety rules which at the moment rule that all pubs and bars have to close at 1am, with no new customers being allowed in after midnight.
Other general regulations in the Balearics are also being slightly relaxed. Food and drink cannot be consumed during sporting or cultural shows but this will not be the case in cinemas.
The companies had complained that without the sale of popcorn and pop, keeping cinemas open was not viable.
The Balearic government has decided to continue with the suspension of activities in children’s entertainment venues, the closure of parks and gardens and specific restrictions on nursing homes, especially in terms of visits to residents.
Magaluf’s Punta Ballena, which houses the most pubs, bars and clubs on the island, was closed down on July 15th and 16th following a number of incidents which the government considered endangered people’s lives through the potential spread of coronavirus.
These included “disgraceful” scenes of British lads drunk in the street and clambering on cars.
The Calvia business association has opposed the closure and took to the streets to protest, saying they had been treated unfairly and were in danger of going bust.
The positivity rate in the Balearic Islands is 4.4% with a cumulative incidence of 122 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Majorca, 29 in Minorca, 219 in Ibiza and 57 in Formentera.
Whilst the news has been welcomed by those businesses affected, some are already saying it has come too late as the season is now over.
And there are also early fears being voiced that if the bars in Magaluf become busy again, it could encourage a third wave of coronavirus which health officials admit they are already planning for.
- At the time of writing, the FCDO advises against all travel to Spain including the Balearic Islands. Always check the latest FCDO advice for your chosen destination before planning, booking, or going on a trip.