Magaluf’s last dance: the British who went to the Spanish party resort for one last drink before it was SHUT bars
High-energy British spent hours partying in Magaluf’s Punta Ballena strip before it was shut down for the rest of the summer.
Tourists threw a drink-fueled party in the city on the Spanish island of Mallorca before the shock ended after previous scenes of bad behavior.
The closure is maintained after images emerged of revelers throwing up and ignoring the island’s coronavirus rules for social distance.
Booze-up British yobs were also previously filmed jumping on cars.
High-energy British spent hours partying in Magaluf’s Punta Ballena strip before it was shut down for the rest of the summer
Tourists threw a drink-fueled party in the city on the Spanish island of Mallorca before the shock closed after previous scenes of bad behavior
The closure is maintained after images emerged of revelers throwing up and ignoring the island’s coronavirus rules for social distance. Picture: a group of revelers poses for a group photo on Wednesday
Later in the evening on Wednesday, tourists who were left out of their favorite vacation spots were spotted drinking alcohol from supermarkets.
A man still had his Union Jack beach towel draped around his neck as he walked the road in bright orange shorts and flip flops with a carrying bag in his right hand.
Elsewhere, the local police and vigilante maintained a visible presence in the area as agents walked around companies informing them of the decision to close.
Two other party strips in Playa de Palma, southeast of the capital of Mallorca, are also closed, known locally as Ham Street and Beer Street or calle del Jamon and calle de la Cerveza in Spanish.
The closings came when regional governors warned tourists blaming it for endangering people’s health and the image of the Balearic Islands: “Don’t try to take your party elsewhere on the islands.”
Balearic Tourism Minister when he announced the three street closures said: “The businesses in those three streets are closed.
“I think it is a sufficiently clear message for those who practice the kind of excess tourism that we don’t want here, that they shouldn’t come because those establishments can’t open.
“If those vacationers go to other areas, and if there are companies that promote that kind of clientele, they will also be closed and banned.
“We will not hesitate for a moment to do everything we need to ensure the health of our citizens and our economic reactivation.
Later in the evening on Wednesdays, tourists who were left out of their favorite vacation spots were spotted with alcohol supermarket carry-outs
“We are a safe destination. The vast majority of our citizens, business leaders and vacationers who put in a great effort don’t deserve the kind of images we’ve seen in the past few days and they don’t deserve that kind of vacationer and that kind of business people. ‘
A spokesman for Calvia Council, which includes Magaluf and has spent years trying to improve the image of the resort and curb the worst excesses in Punta Ballena, said of the closure of the party strip by the higher regional government: “It is a difficult and difficult measure, but one that is necessary because of its potential to endanger public health and the economy. ‘
Referring to images such as the video of Britons jumping on a car outside a fast-food restaurant on Punta Ballena Street in the early hours of last Friday morning, the council added, ‘There have been images that have appeared in recent days linked to being drunk tourism, which endangers public health and the economy.
“We have been fighting this type of tourism for years and this year it has an additional component that protects public health.
“The decisions we make today will not only determine what’s going to happen this holiday season, but also next year.
“In Calvia, of course, we want tourism, but we don’t want the kind of tourist who only comes here to make excesses, only those vacationers who come here to have a responsible time and who are guaranteed to find safety here, too.”
Balearic President Francina Armengol said, “The health situation is positive and we will not tolerate an antisocial and irresponsible minority endangering it.
“Our health and the economy are at stake.
Elsewhere, the local police and vigilante maintained a visible presence in the area, as agents walked around companies to inform them of the decision to close
“We will act where necessary and we will act vigorously against excesses.
“Zero tolerance with those who threaten the safety of all of us.”
Health Minister Patricia Gomez said of the three street closures: “You have to look at the evidence. Where are the Covid-19 outbreaks? We see everywhere where they are the result of people gathering in groups in small spaces for some time without protective measures. ‘
She added in an interview with local media, “We can’t put a policeman on every tourist to prevent that from happening and trust me, in areas like the streets we’ve closed, it’s very easy for 20 to 30 people to group in a second, do something stupid and post it on social media.
‘We don’t want that image of the Balearic Islands abroad.
“It’s important not to deter tourists who respect the rules.”
It is not yet clear whether any of the businessmen affected by the closings will appeal.
Nicky Smith, who manages Magaluf Rocks, said: “It’s sad and we think it’s very unfair, but we want to send the message to British holiday makers who would come to Magaluf not to cancel their holiday.
“There are many places in Magaluf and Palmanova that are open. Only Punta Ballena closes. It is of course a well-known part of Magaluf, but it is not the only place. ‘