The Balearic Islands government has closed all premises on three streets in the two main nightlife areas of Majorca in a bid to “combat tourism excesses”.
The objective is to prevent antisocial behaviour, “which could jeopardise what has been achieved in terms of a safe restart for the tourism sector”.
This new law means that the nightlife venues on Calle Punta Ballena in Magaluf, Calle Miquel Pellisa (better known as ‘Calle de la Cerveza’) and Calle del Pare Bartomeu Salva (better known as ‘Calle del Jamon’) in Playa de Palma were closed to the public from 15 July.
The government said in a statement: “Given the current situation, the fact that the Balearic Islands have been one of the communities hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic from an economic perspective, and any new outbreak would be a challenging blow to the tourism sector, the government of the islands has reinforced its commitment for eradicating this type of antisocial tourism linked to alcohol, excess and public disorder to promote a safer and more high quality tourism product.
“The Balearic Islands took the first step in January 2020 with the publication of a decree law aimed at eradicating this type of tourism and is now reinforcing its commitment to this decision.”
The archipelago said in the past 14 days it has registered “the lowest cumulative incidence rate in all of 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 tourism source markets, both the United Kingdom (no data provided) or Germany (6.8),” it said.
This measure is in addition to others approved in recent weeks by the Balearic Island government in the fight against Covid-19. These include measures such as the prohibition of parties in certain area with fines of up to 600,000 euros.