Ibiza and Magaluf shock as nightclub reopening BANNED by Balearic islands president despite national go-ahead
NIGHTSPOTS in Ibiza and Magaluf have been banned from reopening tomorrow – even though clubs throughout mainland Spain can.
The news comes 24 hours after the Spanish government ruled party venues could open once more as long as there was no dancing.
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However, officials in the Balearics have now shocked local club owners by ruling their venues should stay shut for at least another two weeks.
Health officials in Madrid agreed nightspots could reopen provided their regions are in phase 3 of the coronavirus de-escalation period which most enter on Monday.
They also ruled space usually allocated for dancing must now be used for extra tables and chairs to cope with social distancing rules.
Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza all enter phase 3 tomorrow so, in theory, their nightlife venues are allowed to open again after lockdown.
But Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez has given local councils more power over their own affairs and president of the Balearic government has now vetoed the move.
"We are not in a position to allow nightlife, it is not a priority," said Francina Armengol.
The Balearic president said many of the virus outbreaks in other countries have been linked to places where maintaining social distance is more complicated.
However, club owners were quick to point out young people will now simply go elsewhere to party, like the beach or in private villas, where there would be no coronavirus controls.
Those clubs that can open must slash their capacity by two-thirds – although the government says they can open up terraces to provide extra space.
The formal order states: "When there is a space on the premises for a dancefloor or similar, it can be used to install tables or groupings of tables."
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The news came after we told how Ibiza’s famous Linekers bar is to scrap its dancing spot to fight Covid-19.
The ruling is a bitter-sweet pill for club owners who have been pushing for business to get back to normal after locckdown.
The organisation Nightlife Spain had drawn up extensive guidelines for its members which advised they segment off grids on their dancefloors so revellers could have their own bit of space.
Other recommendations included compulsory masks, isolation booths for DJs, more VIP areas to ensure social distancing, traffic light queues at the entrances and temperature checks.
The organisation also proposed health records be developed to identify all attendees of sessions in leisure venues as a way to enhance the traceability of social contacts.
Before the latest u-turn, the National Federation of Entrepreneurs of Leisure and Entertainment warned unless nightclubs were allowed to open immediately two thirds of them could go bust.
It said that would have put 25,000 jobs put at risk.
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