The Government of the Balearic Islands has ordered all pubs, clubs, discos and nightclubs to shutter across Majorca and Ibiza to prevent the virus from spreading. This is because it is thought mass gatherings could increase the ease of the virus to spread. Bars and restaurants in Benidorm will also be subject to closure.
The Balearic Association of Nightlife and Entertainment (Abone) has supported the decision as it follows the orders of the Government.
Jesus Sanchez, Abone’s president, said: “We must take into account that the situation is changing by the hour and consequently, so are the measures that are being taken.
“They will be respected, however controversial they may be, because we have a social responsibility in the face of this global problem.”
President of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol said: “We are closing all the places where we believe there can be agglomerations.
“Individual responsibility is essential.
“Each measure of individual protection we take is an advance in the containment of the virus.
“We know that the health crisis is serious, and we know that the economic impact will be important.
“But we can be sure that if we all act with the maximum responsibility we will be able to contain the virus in the coming weeks and we will be able to advance the recovery of economic and social normality.”
The islands currently have 26 cases of the coronavirus, with the death of one woman who had underlying health issues.
The Easter season is usually a boom for the islands, who see many foreign tourists travel to take holidays there.
As a result of the pandemic, the income of the nightclubs and bars will be negatively affected.
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Mr Sanchez added: “[Coronavirus] will have a negative impact on the income statement of the companies.
“Especially when everything indicates that the current situation is not going to change in the short term.”
Meanwhile, Spain is set to declare a state of emergency tomorrow, stepping the country’s plans up to the next level.
The country has been particularly affected by the outbreak of coronavirus.
Spain’s cases have soared today from approximately 3,000 to 4,209.
From Monday, schools in the islands will be shut down in a further attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
Educational establishments have been asked to think of alternative solutions such as teaching online.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez reassured Spanish citizens the situation was in hand.
He said: “The government of Spain will protect all its citizens and will guarantee the right life conditions to slow the pandemic with as little inconvenience as possible.
“Heroism is also washing your hands and staying home.”
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