The Minister of Tourism of the Balearic Islands, Iago Negueruela, said that the country “could not tolerate” the behavior displayed in Punta Ballena in recent days.
Thousands of dismayed Spaniards have shared images on social media of tourists waving their arms while chanting football chants – fearing that their sacrifices during the lockdown will be canceled.
One of the youths filmed jumping over a parked car was arrested when the police went to the scene, but was released after several hours in police custody.
The incident occurred when tourists overflowed bars at 2 a.m. following a new social distancing rule which meant that they had to close early.
The closure order announced on Wednesday also affects two other notorious party gangs, including one in S’Arenal east of Palma called Calle del Jamon – Ham Street in English – which is popular with Germans.
Negueruela said, “All the commercial establishments, bars and restaurants on these streets will have to close after the publication of an official government bulletin which will be published today.
“They will have to close today.
“We cannot tolerate the kind of images that we have seen in the past few days and we will not tolerate it.
“Our tourist and economic activity depends on our image.
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“We urge the general population and tourists to respect the rules on social separation and other measures put in place by the government of the Balearic Islands. ”
He added: “If tourists are not ready to obey these rules, we ask them not to come to our islands. We do not want undeveloped vacationers here.
“We adopted an anti-trash decree on tourism at the start of the year to tell them not to come and not to behave badly.
“In the current situation in which we find ourselves, which is particularly complex in terms of health, we do not want them to come. We don’t want this type of tourist to come here.
“This is not the image we want and the general public is quite clear that we are saying very clearly as governors that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.
“We believe that closing these streets is a clear enough message to encourage tourists not to come here, as bars and other businesses will not be able to open.”
He insisted: “If they go to other regions and there are companies that encourage this type of client and this type of behavior, they will also be closed.
“We will be determined to guarantee health security and protect our economic reactivation.”