Magaluf’s famous party strip is now CLOSED!
The Balearic government has confirmed that Punta Balena in Magaluf has been CLOSED with immediate effect.
The decision has already been taken following an indication this morning that the closure was being considered and legal advice was being taken.
This afternoon, the Balearic 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. 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 shock decision comes following scenes of drunken behaviour by Brits and Germans in both Magaluf and Platja de Palma following the return of tourists just two weeks ago.An official statement from the Balearic government 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.”Minister of Economic Model, Tourism and Work, Iago Negueruela, has stressed the need to promote these actions to “not endanger 200,000 jobs” and contain the epidemic. “Our workers have made a huge effort and we will not endanger them, we will continue to protect them,” he said before making it clear that the government “will act where necessary” to enforce the rules.
The government is also to step up inspections in all parts of the islands to make sure coronavirus safety regulations, including the wearing of masks, are being adhered to.The statement continued: “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).”