New restrictions in the Balearic Islands for residents and tourists

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Beaches are to be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. under new restrictions and the Balearic government will recommend the use of masks.

New restrictions due to be approved today, July 20, will see beaches closed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and the number of people allowed to sit together at a table in a restaurant, bar or cafe will be reduced from 12 to eight indoors and six to four outdoors. Restaurants must also close an hour earlier at 1 a.m. whereas previously they could remain open until 2 a.m.

The government will also recommend anyone over the age of six to wear a mask outdoors, however this will remain a recommendation and will not be mandatory, except in an area where a social distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.

The restrictions and the mask recommendation are expected to be introduced after an increase in Covid-19 infections in the Mediterranean archipelago. As of Monday, July 19, the islands had a total of 70,924 cases and a cumulative incidence rate of 595.37 infections per 100,000 population in the past two weeks. Hospital admissions due to Covid-19 have also increased.

Other restrictions may be in the works, the government of the Balearic Islands has requested court permission to prevent meetings between people who do not live together between 1am and 6pm.

Related: Four German police officers will be deployed in the Guardia Civil quarters in Santa Margalida and Arta, and they will patrol the tourist areas of Platja de Muro, Can Picafort and Arta, Son Servera, Capdepera and Sant Llorenç.

Two French gendarmes will work with the Guardia Civil in Calvia and Soller with functions in these two municipalities as well as in Deia and Fornalutx.

In total there are six officers from France, four from Italy and nine from Germany, three moving to Ibiza and the remaining 16 based around Mallorca for July, August and September.

The reason these officers are brought to Mallorca is threefold as there is increased security, it promotes international cooperation as all forces are fighting global crime and there is a direct improvement in the care of foreign tourists.

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