With all the predictability of night following day, the Balearic government is said to be considering the shutting of bars. Summer’s hereThe seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 34, tourists have arrived, the longed-for reactivation is under way, and yet night after day means the predictability of ‘drunken tourism’ night after day – in certain parts of MallorcaThe strategy to target virus hot spots starts to bear fruit in four-to-six weeks.
But never fearSoeren Riis Paludan, a professor of virology wit, good business owners and employees of Magalluf, it is not your bars that are under threat, it is those of Bierstrasse and Schinkenstrasse. Summer down Playa de Palma way is summer of the Ballermann (Balneario 6) and its general environs, as it has been for so many a summer. And that’s the problem, with Covid bells and fears about reactivation attached.
Concerns about the street “botellón” and non-compliance with Covid measures led the government to last week place specific capacity restrictions on bars in the Arenals of Palma and Llucmajor. Restrictions, you might think, which would heighten the possibility of the botellón, not lessen it. But be this as it may, restrictions have been introduced and more could follow. In reviving the spirit of summer 2020, the government is believed to be contemplating a return of the closure of Bierstrasse and Schinkenstrasse or, more exactly and if this were to be like last summer, the closure of establishments selling alcohol.
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