Spain warning: Ibiza could be hit by strict lockdown and nighttime curfews next week

Ibiza is a popular island in the Balearics that is known for its vibrant night life and stunning scenery. Spain along with the Balearic and Canary Islands are currently not included on the UK’s travel corridor list. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) are advising against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain and its surrounding islands.

But the popular holiday destinations could soon be even more tricky to visit.

Ibiza along with the popular holiday resort of San Antonio are both facing 15-day lockdowns and night-time curfews unless its coronavirus cases begin to drop.

The two holiday hotspots are on a list of 15 places in the Balearic Islands that the regional government is considering tightening its regulations for early next week.

President of the Balearic Islands Francina Armengol said she would be contacting all of the “hot spot” municipalities to explain that urgent action may be taken once the new laws are approved on Monday.

Ms Armengol said the Ministry of Health intends to order special measures in the “hottest areas” or those with the highest incidence of coronavirus.

She said it was absolutely vital to get the coronavirus cases under control.

There are currently six active outbreaks in Majorca alone.

The Balearic president appeared at a press conference with Minister of Health, Patricia Gómez to announce the new security measures after a recording an increase in coronavirus infections in the Balearics.

Ms Gómez said the Balearic Islands would now have very stringent measures, very similar to those that existed during phase one of Spain’s de-escalation period which started with the lifting of the State of Alarm on June 21.

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The 15 municipalities that will be affected are: Palma, Valldemossa, Santa Maria, Inca, Deià, Esporles, Marratxí, Alaró, Binissalem , Banyalbufar, Llucmajor, Ibiza, Sant Antòni, Ciutadella and Sant Lluís.

The Balearics President also said health officials would be able to step in to any municipality, town, village or district to impose whatever measures they felt were needed, depending on the severity of the coronavirus outbreaks.

The new measures are “to try to stop transmission within the community and protect the population”, she added.

Some of the other measures include cutting the number of people meeting up for social events to just five, whether in public or private, and to increase coronavirus testing in any of the areas where special intervention is needed.

Around 100 soldiers are to be drafted in to help tracking teams find contacts of all those people who test positive with around one tracker for every 3,500 inhabitants.

The Balearic government has also warned of increased fines if people fail to obey coronavirus safety rules, particularly the wearing of masks and keeping to social distancing, and has drawn up a list of everyone who is supposed to be in quarantine.

Police will be going door to door to make sure they are not breaking their isolation.

The alert comes as Ibiza and Formentera – the smallest of Spain’s Balearic islands – recorded another 42 cases of coronavirus within 24 hours, bringing the active number of positives to 684.

There are 43 people in hospital, of which two are in intensive care.

The number of positives accumulated in both islands since the pandemic began is 1,164 people.

In the same 24-hour timescale, the Balearic Islands as a group registered 297 new cases and four deaths, bringing the total number of positives since the pandemic began to 9,067.

Spain has recorded over 517,000 cases of coronavirus and just over 29,000 deaths.

The country’s recorded cases are currently the highest in Europe.

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot

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