Brit holidaymakers in Majorca and Ibiza face bumper fines starting today if they’re caught without a coronavirus mask
BRITISH tourists on holiday in the Balearic Islands will be fined for not wearing a mask from today as authorities warn that the "honeymoon period is over".
Fines ranging from £22 to £90 will be enforced by police from today.
The news rule came into place in Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera on July 13 and applies to virtually all pubic places, with the exception of the beach, swimming pool, countryside or whilst eating or drinking in a restaurant.
To get visitors and locals used to the coronavirus safety regulations, police were instructed to give them one week's grace, which expires today.
The level of the fine – £22, £45 or a maximum £90 – will depend on the circumstance and "the severity of the breach" although what this exactly includes has not been explained.
Police have been instructed to take precise details and will ask tourists for identification and their name and address, plus where they are staying if appropriate.
They will also note where the breach has taken place, the circumstances and the number of people involved.
The cops must also specify the degree of intent, what response the person gives when stopped and whether they repeat the offence.
Angry hoteliers and tourism leaders are not in favour of the new order and claim holidaymakers are already being put off going to the islands because of the mask rule.
However, other holiday locations in Spain, including the Costa del Sol, are now also adopting the compulsory measure as Spain battles with daily outbreaks of coronavirus.
The mask must be used correctly, covering the chin, mouth and nostrils and the Balearic government says the type with air vents are not acceptable.
President, Francina Armengol said the aim was to protect the health of residents and visitors to islands where for now the situation was "very controlled" but stressed: "We must not forget that the virus is still living among us".
Barcelona, which is on the brink of lockdown again, is also making face masks in public mandatory.
Beaches across Spain were forced to turn people away over the weekend for the third week running due to reaching maximum capacity.
Hundreds of thousands faced long queues to enter while Benidorm tourists waited more than two hours.
Source: Read Full Article