Majorca and Ibiza ban pool parties in latest coronavirus crackdown

MAJORCA and Ibiza's government has banned pool parties as part of its latest crackdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.

And it has once again stressed that party boats are also prohibited no matter where they are berthed in any part of the islands.

The Balearic Government has been taking tough action to control nightlife and leisure activities following evidence of a strong link with coronavirus outbreaks – Spain has reported 358,843 cases of Covid-19.

President Francina Armengol announced at a press conference today that party boats and parties in venues with swimming pools are prohibited.

There is also a new ban on the sale of alcohol in any form of transport linked to tourism.

The measures are part of a new package of restrictions which come into effect tomorrow after official publication in the new laws' bulletin. The aim is to avoid large crowds of people on board these boats or in premises that have a swimming pool.

The new rules apply to Majorca and Ibiza, as well as Menorca and Formentera.

In recent weeks, there have been reports and images of party boats and pool parties in which those taking part have not been wearing masks, which are compulsory, and are not social distancing.

Pubs and restaurants have to abide by a new closing time of 1am with no new customers accepted after midnight and have to reduce capacity.

Nightclubs and cocktail bars have been closed and smoking is banned in public places where social distancing of two metres cannot be maintained.

The Balearic government tweeted this afternoon: "It is time for responsibility. We suspend nightlife, curb congestion and ban tobacco use in public spaces when the distance cannot be maintained."

When can I go on holiday to Spain?

The UK currently advises against all non-essential travel to Spain, which includes the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.

All Brits will face a two-week quarantine when returning to the UK from Spain after a holiday.

These rules have been in place since July 26 (with the islands following on July 27) due to the rising number of cases.

Holidaymakers who wish to take the risk can still travel on limited flights, although their travel insurance will be invalid and they face £1,000 fines if they break the 14-day self-isolation period back in the UK.

There are no current plans from the UK government to lift the travel ban, with it unlikely until new infections begin to fall again.

Anyone caught breaching the rules stands to be fined between €25 and €600,000 depending on the seriousness of the situation.

Organising parties on boats or in pools is punishable with a fine of between €60,000 and €600,000.

Premises can be closed for up to three years and if any tourist venue is involved, the owner can be banned from renting it out for holidays, also for up to three years.

Prime Minister for the Balearics, Francina Armengol said many of the measures announced by the central government last Friday had already been applied in the islands.

Other new rules include a ban on contact sports for the next 15 days when the decision will be re-evaluated. Sports competitions that were scheduled to start on September 1 will be delayed, in principle, until October 1.

Visits to nursing homes will be subject to new controls and the capacity of churches and other places of worship cut to 50 per cent.

All establishments will be obliged to display their opening and closing hours, capacity, obligation to maintain safety distances and the use of a mask.

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