By Tony Winterburn • 11 October 2020 • 7:28
Bar’s and restaurant’s in Magaluf’s notorious party strip were allowed to reopen last night after months of forced closure.
Every bar and restaurant was closed earlier this summer after footage of tourists ignoring social distancing rules went viral around the globe. Most of the bars and businesses on Magaluf’s notorious Punta Ballena strip were allowed to open again on Saturday.
The Balearic Government had ordered the ban on booze and closure of bars and restaurants in August when pictures and videos of party revellers ignoring social distancing laws flooded the internet. At first, British teenagers were blamed for the fiasco, but as they left the Island, swearing they would never come back, the pub crawls and lewd behaviour continued, fuelled on this time by mainly German teenagers.
The regional administration first ordered businesses in the notorious zones to shut their doors in mid-July over concerns about drunken incidents and altercations, and images of throngs of revellers not wearing face masks or social distancing.
The original opening ban ran until September 15, the end of the peak tourist season. The Balearic administration then extended the order to September 30 and then said it would stay in place until October 30. Business owners on the island, struggling to survive, and faced with the prospect of a grim winter season, were relieved to see the measures lifted.
Although welcome boost to the tourism industry on the island, it waits to be seen in any holidaymakers will return in the same numbers as before.
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