Covid cases are on the increase in the Balearic Islands, with the number of active cases now higher than during the “third wave” in January. As a result, the government of the Spanish archipelago has reinstated its face mask mandate in all outdoor spaces.
Currently, the number of active COVID-19 cases is 7,308 according to local data.
Speaking at a press conference today, Balearic Tourism Minister Iago Negueruela said that alongside the face mask rule, other restrictions should be reinstated.
“We are studying various restrictions against excess and control of public spaces,” Negueruela told reporters.
The new restrictions on coronaviruses are expected to be formalized in the coming days and rolled out in the Balearic Islands from Saturday 24.
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Although there is no confirmation for the Balearics, local press speculates that this action could be taken soon.
The Balearics were put on the UK’s green list for travel at the end of June, prompting an increase in the number of British tourists visiting Menorca, Mallorca and Ibiza.
Yet just three weeks later, the UK Transport Department put the Balearics back on the Orange List in time for July 19.
Mainland Spain has seen a similar increase in confirmed cases of the coronavirus, prompting some regions to tighten curfew rules.
It is believed that Benidorm, Alicante, Alfas de Pi, Calpe, Denialism and Teulada-Moraira will all be subject to a nighttime curfew from Monday July 26.
Currently, 32 areas of the Valencian Community are subject to a night curfew.
This curfew runs between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., when people should only be outside their homes for “essential” reasons.
As Covid cases increase, it is believed that more regions could face similar rules in the coming days.
Despite this, Spanish authorities say their healthcare system is currently not under pressure.
In a statement following the UK government’s decision to remove the Balearic Islands from the green list, Javier PiÃ±anes, director of the Spanish Tourist Board in the UK, said the islands “continue to be a tourist destination safe”.
He said: “The majority of new cases are in younger age groups, particularly 12-19 and 20-29 year olds and despite rising COVID rates, hospitals in the Balearic Archipelago are not under pressure.
Likewise, no deaths have been reported due to COVID-19 in the Balearic Islands in the past seven days and strict safety and hygiene processes and measures are in place.