Covid hotels no longer needed

Hotel Palma Bellver, where the Spanish students were sent.

02-04-2022Michael A. Canellas

the said Covid Hotels in the Balearic Islands can now resume their normal activity. In doing so, another chapter of the pandemic has closed.

The Balearic government created these hotels primarily to welcome tourists who have contracted the coronavirus and who had mild symptoms or were asymptomatic. They were also used for island residents who could not secure self-isolation at home. More recently, the Palma Bellver temporarily hosted Ukrainian refugees. This mansion attracted a lot of attention last summer, because it is where Spanish students were sent following the massive outbreak of the virus in Arenal.

The IB-Salut health service spent €11.3 million on hotels. There were nine in all – four in Mallorca, two in Menorca and Ibiza and one in Formentera. A total of 4,410 people were accommodated in hotels because of Covid. In Mallorca specifically, the expenses were 7.4 million euros for 2,592 people.

One of Mallorca’s four hotels, the Palma Bay, was different from the Palma Bellver in that it was transformed into a temporary hospital during the initial phase of the pandemic. Patients with mild symptoms were accommodated in this hotel, co-managed for a time by the Son Llàtzer hospital.