By Cathy Elelman • 15 July 2020 • 15:31
DRASTIC: Images of throngs of drunken revellers misbehaving prompted the Balearic government to order the shutdown
CREDIT: Magaluf 20/21 Facebook Sam Edwards
THE Balearic government has ordered the immediate shutdown of Magaluf’s notorious Punta Ballena party strip and so-called ‘ham’ and ‘beer’ streets in s’Arenal to put a stop to booze-fuelled misbehaviour.
CREDIT: Govern Illes Balears @goib
The drastic move comes after news of drunken incidents and altercations involving Brits hit the headlines over the weekend, along with images of throngs of revellers in Magaluf and in Playa del Palma, virtually none of them wearing a face mask or social distancing.
Regional Tourism minister Iago Negueruela announced the government’s decision at lunchtime on Wednesday. He said all commercial establishments, bars and restaurants have to close today following publication of the order in the Balearic Island Official Bulletin.
The measure will apply for two months, but could be modified according to the level of compliance.
The regional minister made it clear the archipelago does not want this kind of tourist or businesses which puts up with boozed-up bad behaviour.
“We cannot tolerate the sort of images we have been seeing over the last few days, and we are not going to tolerate it”, he commented.
Negueruela also warned the government would not hesitate to force businesses on other streets to shut their doors if there are similar scenes elsewhere.
Share this story
Subscribe to our Euro Weekly News alerts to get the latest stories into your inbox!
By signing up, you will create a Euro Weekly News account if you don't already have one. Review our
Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
Share your story with us by emailing email@example.com, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews
Download our media pack in either English or Spanish.