BRIT holidaymakers have been warned against causing drunken carnage in party hotspots such as Ibiza and Majorca after the islands were added in UK’s green list.
Officials who are responsible for a five-year anti ‘trash tourism’ decree which came into effect last summer, have threatened to shut down the popular Calle del Jamon and sister street Calle de la Cerveza amid concern over Covid-19 breaches.
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Tourism bosses welcomed the UK’s decision to add the Balearic islands in the green list and ditch the 10-day quarantine on the way back.
But have also urged young Brits heading to resorts like Magaluf and San Antonio to be “responsible” as the Balearics try to avoid becoming another Portugal.
Earlier this month Portugal was moved to the amber list after just three weeks, creating chaos for holidaymakers who were forced to return before the new quarantine requirements come into force.
The warninc comes as last July Brit party-goers were furious when cops had to shut down the Punta Ballena party strip when images emerged of vomiting revellers causing chaos and ignoring the island’s social distancing regulations.
The shocking closure that was lifted last October also affected two other notorious party strips including one in Playa de Palma south-east of the Majorcan capital called Calle del Jamon – Ham Street in English – which is popular with Germans.
The warning to Brits follows a spate of new coronavirus cases – 394 in six of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities – linked to end-of-year breaks by students from the Spanish mainland.
Regional tourism minister Iago Negueruela described the Balearics as the ”most open” Mediterranean destination following the UK move.
He said: ”We also want to send a message to British tourists and other international tourists that Covid-19 has not been beaten.
”The vaccination process is advancing rapidly and the desired results are being achieved.
”It’s obvious the EU vaccination system was the correct one but we can’t rest on our laurels and so we want to send a message urging responsibility from our population and the people who visit us.
”There are rules about what can and can’t be done in our islands.
”We have to continue with our lockdown in a cautious and responsible way.
”We can’t afford to take steps backwards.There are certain types of behaviour that are banned.
”This is something we have also raised with the Spanish government so they increase police controls on our beaches and in our squares.
”Being the most open resort in the Mediterranean entails special protection as well from a health and economic point of view.
”Our population has made an enormous effort and our workers are on the verge of restarting their jobs.
”We want to stay on the UK’s green list permanently and we have a real opportunity for recovery during the summer.
”What we have to make sure is that it’s gradual and not put what we’ve achieved so far at risk.”
Alfonso Rodriguez Badal, mayor of the municipality of Calvia which includes the popular British holiday resorts of Magaluf, neighbouring Palmanova and Santa Ponsa, transmitted a similar message.
”For a municipality like Calvia with places like Magaluf and Santa Ponsa which were experiencing a huge drop in the number of people visiting because of the lack of British tourism, this news means the reactivation of their main tourist market.
”More than 40 per cent of the hotel beds in areas like Magaluf and Palmanova for instance are taken up traditionally by British tourists.
”Therefore the news is excellent and it validates the excellent work we’ve done as a society and a community to contain the virus and achieve very low accumulated rates of coronavirus.
”This enables Calvia and the Balearic Islands to be the most open Mediterranean resort to the whole of Europe and now Britain as well.”
”We now trust that in everything from accommodation through to nightlife there is responsibility and the sort of behaviour that will enable us to continue maintaining that excellent image as a safe destination and the necessary measures are put in place to make sure certain types of excessive behaviour that could alter that confidence do not occur.”
It comes as Pedro Sanchez announced last week British tourists will be able to ditch their face masks outdoors.
The Spanish PM said the face coverings would cease being mandatory from tomorrow, while they’d still have to be worn in public indoors.
Holidaymakers and locals will not be fined if they leave home without them, although authorities have urged people to carry face masks at all times.
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Health Minister Carolina Darias said: ”What is being advised is that people carry their face masks near and with them, although they’re not necessarily on our faces.
”My European colleagues have been surprised by the exemplary use of face masks in our country.
”Relaxing the conditions surrounding their use is a way of rewarding people for that exemplary behaviour.”
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