Magaluf’s party strip will reopen bars and restaurants this week - but dancing is banned

Magaluf’s popular party strip is due to reopen this week (Photo: Clara Margais/Getty Images)
Magaluf’s popular party strip is due to reopen this week (Photo: Clara Margais/Getty Images)

Magaluf’s popular party strip is due to reopen this week after it closed in July due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and anti-social behaviour from holidaymakers.

The Punta Ballena area of the Spanish resort town will be able to reopen shops, bars and restaurants selling alcohol on 15 October, after closing on 15 July. However, nightclubs will remain closed and a ban on dancing will be in place.

Punta Ballena reopens bars, restaurants and shops

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    Pubs, bars and restaurants temporarily closed down in July due to numerous incidents with misbehaving tourists, which the Spanish government considered as hindering measures to stop the spread of coronavirus.

    Two party strips in Palma have already been able to reopen, after also closing due to fears of the spread of Covid-19.

    Outbreaks of coronavirus in the areas which have temporarily closed hospitality venues temporarily are said to have dropped considerably. However, the Balearic government is expected to continue its attempts to curb scenes of drunken behaviour by maintaining the ban on pub crawls, party boats and offers on cheap drinks.

    The Punta Ballena party strip will still have to adhere to the general coronavirus safety rules, with all pubs and bars having to close at 1am, and no new customers being allowed in after midnight.

    What is the current travel advice for Spain?

    The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises “against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks in the country.”

    This advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of COVID-19 across Spain.

    However, the FCDO is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time. Instead, tourists should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.

    If you are coming back from Spain you will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days on your return to the UK.

    You should also contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.