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Spanish authorities have closed all shops, bars and restaurants along the famous strip of Punta Ballena de Magaluf in Mallorca, a few days after the appearance of images of drunk tourists paying little attention to the regulations on the wearing of masks and the social distancing.The closures, which also extend to two streets known for partying near S’Arenal beach, will take effect immediately and will last at least two months, the regional government said on Wednesday.

“We cannot tolerate the kind of images that we have seen in the past few days, and we will not tolerate it,” said Iago Negueruela, the regional manager in charge of economy and tourism for the islands. “We don’t want uncivil tourists on our islands. ”

The Balearic Islands rank among the regions most dependent on tourism in Spain, with industry accounting for 35% of GDP. In recent weeks, the authorities have sought to strike a balance between welcoming tourists and protecting public health; put in place strict regulations on social gatherings, close night clubs and make it mandatory to wear a mask in most public spaces.

But his efforts to project the islands as a safe destination have been jeopardized in recent days after video and images of revelers jumping on cars, crowding on boats, and partying along a crowded street in parts of Mallorca.

At least two dozen sanctions were imposed this weekend on businesses and revelers surprised to post the rules put in place to prevent the spread of the virus, said Isabel Castro, of the regional government, in a statement.

“We cannot allow what we have seen this weekend to repeat itself,” she added. “We cannot let the carelessness of a few endanger the health of everyone else.”

Reports of illegal holidays in Mallorca also sparked dismay in Germany, whose residents were among the first to return to the Balearics in June. “I’m really not a party reveler or a mess sport … but now is not the time for that,” said German Health Minister Jens Spahn, according to Politico.

The regional government has said that additional security will be sent to Magaluf and parts of Palma to ensure compliance. The region, where the virus has killed 224 people, has also launched a series of fines for those who break the new rules, ranging from € 100 (£ 90) for being masked to fines of up to 600,000 € for those who organized illegal activities. evenings.

The Balearic government has been working for years to suppress drunken tourism. This year, it introduced a decree banning guided pub tours, drinks discounts and alcohol sales between 9:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. in three vacation hotspots.

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