Ibiza and Magaluf to ease strict restrictions as tourists return

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Spanish holiday hotspots Magaluf and Ibiza are set to relax strict restrictions around bars and restaurants from this weekend.

The Balearic Islands government, which covers Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca, has agreed customers will be allowed to dine or drink indoors after months of tough restrictions.

A curfew will also be eased to allow opening until midnight, which will be welcome news for the thousands of UK holidaymakers expected to start arriving in the resorts – reports Leicestershire Live.

Many bars that have been shut for months are now opening their doors. Those that have been open have been stifled by restrictions which included customers only allowed on terraces and venues shutting at 5pm each evening.

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However there has been a gradual easing of the rules ahead of the tourism season resuming. Visitors from other European countries are already arriving with some hotels reporting brisk business.

The popular EastEnders nightspot in Magaluf is predicting a busy summer once UK tourists can arrive in numbers. A Facebook post read: "We’ve had over 130 inboxed messages asking when we’re opening today.

"In Magaluf and Palma Nova there are so many bars and restaurants open and full everyday with German, Dutch tourists and residents.

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"However most of our customers are tourists so the answer is we are ready to open and will be within the next two weeks."

Many hotels are also beginning to host tourists with the number of British visitors increasing weekly. However, expat business owners anticipate the Balearic islands will not be added to the UK Green list category until an update on May 31.

Government officials have stated their aim is to make sure the Balearic Islands are the safest tourist destination in the Mediterranean and recover activity as the Covid vaccination programme progresses.

President of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol stated the Islands are moving towards normality and de-escalation of restrictions will happen in three phases.

The second phase begins this Sunday and the third will start on June 6.

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