Ibiza And Marjoca Close All Pubs And Clubs Due To Coronavirus
It has today been announced that Ibiza and Majorca are closing down all pubs and clubs due to coronavirus.
Covid-19 is currently spreading at a fast rate in some areas of Spain, including the party hot-spots, with 4,209 confirmed cases across the country and 120 deaths reported.
Now - as the country is expected to declare a state of emergency - the Balearic Government is ordering the closure of all discos, clubs, pubs, nightclubs, gyms and sports facilities in both Majorca and Ibiza.
The decision is a precautionary measure in order to attempt to stop the virus spreading.
Those living in the area have also been asked to stay at home when possible for the next 15 days, and all large events have been cancelled.
After the fortnight, the club and bar closures will come under review.
The Balearic Islands only account for 0.8 per cent of the coronavirus cases in Spain. There are currently only 16 cases and one death - a woman in her 60s who already had underlying health issues.
While the President, Francina Armengol, acknowledged that the measures were "drastic" she assured the community that adhering to the new rules was in their best interest.
"We know that the health crisis is serious, and we know that the economic impact will be important," she said.
"But we can be sure that if we all act with the maximum responsibility we will be able to contain the virus in the coming weeks and we will be able to advance the recovery of economic and social normality."
It comes as Spain's confirmed cases have jumped by more than 25 per cent in the last day.
The death toll has also risen sharply from 84 to 120.
Responding to the news, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has now also advised against all but essential travel to the regions that the Spanish Ministry of Health have designated as areas of community transmission of coronavirus.
These include Madrid and La Rioja, La Bastida and Vitoria (both in the Basque Country) and Miranda de Ebro (in Castilla y León). ]
You can read this advice in more detail here.
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