Was it that with the Easter holidays ?: Mallorca imposes curfew – because new corona wave threatens – Tagesspiegel Plus


The weather outlook for the Easter holidays in Mallorca is friendly: lots of sun and spring-like temperatures of around 20 degrees are the order of the day. But because of Corona, dark clouds are now also gathering on the holiday island. The number of new infections has been increasing on the Germans’ favorite island for a few days.

In addition, the Federal Ministry of Health decided on Thursday that all flight returnees should test. It should apply from Sunday. According to the relevant ordinance, those affected would have to present “proof to the carrier before they leave abroad”.

Fortunately for travelers, the holiday island has already made provisions for this case: a test center opened at Mallorca airport on Wednesday. The result of the PCR tests, which cost around 70 euros, should be available 30 minutes to an hour and a half later. Before the test, however, returning travelers would have to make an appointment, as an employee of the test center of the German Press Agency said.

In view of the increasing number of cases, the island’s politicians reacted promptly to the worrying development: They tightened the corona rules. From this Friday onwards, the interior areas of pubs, cafes and restaurants will have to close again. The outdoor terraces and beer gardens are currently still open, but as before only until 5 p.m.

Stricter rules also apply in hotels: communal facilities in closed rooms such as swimming pools, spas, jacuzzis or fitness rooms must close completely. Communal outdoor facilities such as pools or the hotel’s own restaurant terraces are only open until 5 p.m.

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At the hotel bar, where it was previously possible to drink until 10 p.m., it will also be tattooed at 5 p.m. in the future. Only the hotel restaurants are allowed to serve house guests in their dining rooms until ten o’clock in the evening. Then, by the way, a night curfew also begins.

The island authorities also point out that only guests from one household can stay in hotel rooms and private accommodation. The German government and the federal states had previously put a damper on German travelers to Mallorca.

“We are not interested in saving the Easter season”

“The infection data get us,” said Francina Armengol, the regional head of government of the Balearic Islands, which includes Mallorca, but also Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera. “The number of cases is rising again. And the British variant, which is much more dangerous, already has a share of 83 percent. The experts advise us to tighten the corona measures. And that’s what we’re doing now. ”

The stricter rules apply from this Friday and at least until April 11th. This dampens the holiday mood for those around 40,000 German-speaking tourists who are expected on the Spanish Mediterranean island over Easter. In Germany in particular, the abolition of the quarantine requirement triggered a booking boom.

Sign for returning travelers at Cologne-Bonn Airport.Photo: imago images / Eibner

At the same time, Balearic President Armengol made it clear that the islands would not take any risks and that if the situation worsened, further restrictions could be threatened over Easter. “It’s not about saving the Easter season, but about avoiding a new corona wave.”

For the holiday islands, it is particularly important to come into the summer with the lowest possible number of infections. The high season is from June to September and then the main business for the tourism industry begins.

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The seven-day incidence in Mallorca recently climbed to 31 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. That is still comparatively little. But the rising curve alarms the virologists, who see a dangerous trend reversal.

A week ago the island value was still 20 cases. It is possible, it is said, that the corona wave has now also arrived in Mallorca, which is already noticeable in the rest of Spain and throughout Europe. The situation is currently particularly worrying in the Majorcan holiday resorts of Sóller and Inca.

The German vacationers who are already on the island, meanwhile, react with serenity and enjoy their vacation. “It’s a dream: the beautiful weather, the sea. First of all, it becomes clear to you what you have missed, ”said a couple from North Rhine-Westphalia to the“ Mallorca Zeitung ”. You would feel safer on the island than in Germany.

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