Britons flocking to Spanish resorts were stunned by a “Covid tax” levied by bar owners.
British holidaymakers were furious at having to find additional money to pay for the personal protective equipment worn by staff.
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A Spanish consumer rights group has declared the charge illegal, but the first Britons arriving after the lockdown are still stung.
Bars across Spain charge a “servicio Covid”, sometimes € 1 per table and sometimes € 1 per drink.
Customers have complained on Twitter, but the owners justify the cost by the amount of extra money they have to spend on gloves, masks and cleaning products.
The nights have increased the prices of drinks and entrance fees.
Meanwhile, the first Britons to arrive in Mallorca today since the restrictions were lifted also closed night clubs and closed bars.
In Mijas, near Malaga, Bar 97 has raised prices from € 3.50 to € 4 a pint since it reopened.
And at Ke-Bar, a trendy place in high-end Sotogrande, near Gibraltar, the owners have also raised prices.
A bartender admitted that “drinks are on the rise” but said food prices have not changed.
Britain’s Jack Burgess, 21, said: “I was a little shocked to have to pay € 5 a pint.”
It has also been reported in Spain that the first happy hours of the season have already caused fights among British revelers.
Hundreds of people arriving in Mallorca today were greeted by beautiful blue skies and temperatures of 34 ° C (93.2 ° F) – but many of the party island attractions have disappeared due to the pandemic. world.
All Magaluf nightclubs remain closed.
Many bars were closed at 10 p.m., the last orders in other nightclubs are now at 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m., and the famous party boats soaked in alcohol have been scrapped.
However, the British who arrived today on four flights operated by Wizz Air and easyJet from Luton, Gatwick and Manchester were delighted to be on vacation.
Paul Griffiths, 59, and his wife Heather, 64, from Stretford, Greater Manchester, landed for a two-week break in Santa Ponsa.
Paul, who has been vacationing in Mallorca for half a century, said: “It’s great to be here because it’s cold and rainy in Manchester.
“Our plane from Manchester was not full, but there were about 140 passengers on board.
“The first thing I look forward to is drinking a pint of beer in the sun.
“We protect ourselves at home because we both have underlying health problems.
“We haven’t gone anywhere, we’re just watching rehearsals on TV, it’s been absolutely terrible.
“Many of our friends have said that they will not be going on vacation until next year – but we were determined to go out when the flights resumed. ”
Heather, who is celebrating her 65th birthday tomorrow, added, “I was so looking forward to our vacation.
“I can’t wait to sit outside and have breakfast and be able to go to the beach and enjoy the sun. ”
These were the first flights from the UK since Spain lifted its foreign visitor ban earlier this month.
Francesca Armor, 24, and Joe Leonard, 27, from Buckinghamshire, traveled with Luton’s Wizz Air for a ten-day vacation to Pollensa.
Francesca said, “We can’t wait to be on the beach, in bars and restaurants, in that order.
“We only booked our flights a week ago and wanted to leave as soon as possible. We did not hesitate to travel. ”
Students Luca Carballeiro, 19, and Ben Horton, 18, both from Weybridge, Surrey, have arrived for a four-week break and plan to work at the bar to help pay for their trip.
They were heading for the town of Magaluf and were determined to have a wild time despite all the night restrictions.
We wanted to leave as soon as possible, we did not hesitate to travel.
Ben said: “Magaluf may not be as wild as before due to restrictions, but we are determined to have a good time. ”
Luca added, “We booked in February and were a little worried about flying, but that didn’t stop us. ”
Georgia Field and her friend Domi Nicholson, of Guildford, Surrey, flew on easyJet.
Domi, who has a vacation home in Molinar, said: “It is so nice to leave Britain. It’s pretty liberating to be able to go out. “
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More than 2.3 million British tourists visit Majorca each year, making it one of the UK’s favorite holiday destinations.
The numbers are expected to drop significantly this summer, but hotel, bar and restaurant owners hope many will make the trip again.
Reinhold Klinglmar, owner of Café Mozart in Santa Ponsa, was delighted that the British had landed.
He said: “Most restaurants are dependent on tourism, so when the British are not here, they cannot open.
“Some restaurants opened but there were no people there, so they only open on weekends.”
Holidaymakers should wear masks inside hotels and hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed in reception areas and in elevators, bars and restaurants.
Tourists also have their temperatures taken when they arrive at their hotels and they must wear masks when entering stores.
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Restaurants provide QR codes on the tables to be scanned by phone for the menu so that customers avoid manipulating physical codes. And tourism leaders have ordered people to socially distance themselves on the beach.
The Balearic government has introduced a general ban on all party boats in Mallorca and Ibiza.
But nightclub owners in Mallorca have accused regional politicians of using the virus as an excuse to change tourism – getting rid of its arrogant image to attract more families.
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