Published on : Thursday, July 16, 2020
The government of the Balearic Islands has decided to close all premises located on three streets in the two main nightlife areas of Mallorca with the aim of combating tourism excesses. The move comes as the islands recently reopened their tourism sector after the COVID-19 pandemic and have continued to strengthen their position as a safe tourism destination in recent weeks.
The objective of the closure is to prevent antisocial behaviour which could jeopardise the achievement of the destination to restart itself as a safe tourism venue. According to the new law, nightlife venues on Calle Punta Ballena in Magaluf, Calle Miquel Pellisa (better known as ‘Calle de la Cerveza’) and Calle del Pare Bartomeu Salvà (better known as ‘Calle del Jamón’) in Playa de Palma will be closed to the public from now on.
The Balearic Islands have constantly worked to eradicate antisocial tourism linked to alcohol, excess and public disorder to promote a safer and more high-quality tourism product. As of the initial steps, the islands published a decree law back in January to eradicate such tourism culture and have finally decided to reinforce its commitment to the decision.
In the last 14 days, the archipelago 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). All these measures have been formalised to achieve a balanced situation that protects both visitors and residents, while restarting tourism which is essential for the economic revival of the archipelago.