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Magaluf's Last Dance: The British who met the Spanish party resort for a last drink before closing bars


Drunken Britons celebrated in Magaluf's Punta Ballena Strip hours before it was closed for the rest of the summer.

Tourists hosted an alcohol party at the resort on the Spanish island of Mallorca before the shock was closed with bad behavior after earlier scenes.

The closure – at least until September 15th – will be enforced after pictures and a video of night owls jumping on cars have appeared, ignoring the regulations on social distancing of the island's coronavirus.

Two other party strips in Playa de Palma, southeast of the Mallorcan capital of Palma, have also been closed, known locally as Ham Street and Beer Street – or Calle del Jamon and Calle de la Cerveza in Spanish.

The forced closings will be disappointing for thousands of Britons who wanted to go to bars and clubs because of the beehive.

Energetic Britons celebrated hours in Magaluf's Punta Ballena strip before it closed for the rest of the summer

Tourists held an alcohol party in the city on the Spanish island of Mallorca before the shock was closed after earlier scenes of bad behavior

Tourists held an alcohol party in the city on the Spanish island of Mallorca before the shock was closed after earlier scenes of bad behavior

The closure is forced after pictures of night owls jumping on cars and ignoring the coronavirus' social detachment rules have emerged. Pictured: A group of revelers poses for a group photo on Wednesday

The closure is forced after pictures of night owls jumping on cars and ignoring the coronavirus' social detachment rules have emerged. Pictured: A group of revelers poses for a group photo on Wednesday

Later in the early hours of Thursday, tourists who were locked out of their favorite vacation spots were discovered with alcohol from supermarkets.

A man had his Union Jack beach towel still wrapped around his neck as he walked down the street in bright orange shorts and flip-flops with a tote bag in his right hand.

Elsewhere, local police and civil guards were visibly present in the area when officials walked around the store and informed them of the decision to close it.

The closings came when regional governors warned tourists who are putting people's health and the image of the Balearic Islands at risk: "Don't try to get your party anywhere else on the islands."

Later on Wednesday evening, tourists who were locked out of their favorite vacation spots were seen with alcohol supermarket messages

Later on Wednesday evening, tourists who were locked out of their favorite vacation spots were seen with alcohol supermarket messages

Elsewhere, local police and civil guards were visibly present in the area when officials walked around the store and informed them of the decision to close it

Elsewhere, local police and civil guards were visibly present in the area when officials walked around the store and informed them of the decision to close it

The tourism minister of the Balearic Islands said when he announced the three road closures: “The shops on these three streets have been closed.

“I think it is a sufficiently clear message to those who practice the type of excess tourism that we do not want here that they should not come because these types of facilities cannot be opened.

“If these vacationers go to other areas and there are companies that promote this type of customer, they will also be closed and banned.

“We will not hesitate for a second when it comes to doing everything we can to ensure the health security of our citizens and our economic reactivation.

The clubs of the famous party destination are closed after British yobs dance on the roof of a car and wreak havoc on the streets

One man danced on the roof of a car while others flooded a street on the party strip

The clubs of the famous party destination are closing after British yobs danced on the roof of a car on the Punta Ballena Strip last week

& # 39; We are a sure target. The vast majority of our citizens, business leaders, and vacationers who make great efforts don't deserve the kind of pictures we've seen in the past few days, and they don't deserve this kind of vacationer or business type. & # 39;

A spokesman for the Calvia Council, which also includes Magaluf and who has tried for years to improve the image of the resort and contain the worst excesses of Punta Ballena, said about the closure of the party strip ordered by the higher regional government: "It is a difficult and hard measure, but one that is necessary because public health and the economy can be at risk. "

Regarding footage such as the video of British teenagers jumping on a car in the early hours of last Friday morning in front of a fast food snack on Punta Ballena Street, the council added, “There are pictures that have appeared in recent years Days have been linked to drunken tourism that threatens public health and the economy.

Police were on site to ensure that last minute parties didn't get out of hand

Police were on site to ensure that last minute parties didn't get out of hand

Tourists used the opportunity to buy drinks in bars and clubs before the shops closed

Tourists used the opportunity to buy drinks in bars and clubs before the shops closed

& # 39; We have spent many years fighting this type of tourism, and this year it has an additional component that represents public health protection.

& # 39; The decisions we make today will not only determine what will happen this holiday season, but also next year.

"In Calvia, of course, we want tourism, but we don't want the kind of tourists who come here to commit excesses, only the holidaymakers who come here to have a responsible sense of fun and who are guaranteed that they find security here too. "

The President of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, said: “The health situation is positive and we will not tolerate an unsocial and irresponsible minority that endangers it.

& # 39; Our health and the economy are at stake.

“We will act where necessary and take vigorous action against excesses.

"No tolerance towards those who threaten the security of all of us."

Many tourists who had ventured to Magaluf despite the coronavirus pandemic wore masks

Many tourists who had ventured to Magaluf despite the coronavirus pandemic wore masks

Two other party strips in Playa de Palma, southeast of the Mallorcan capital, have also been closed, known locally as Spanish Ham Street and Beer Street or Calle del Jamon and Calle de la Cerveza. Pictured: tourists in Magaluf on Thursday

Two other party strips in Playa de Palma, southeast of the Mallorcan capital, have also been closed, known locally as Spanish Ham Street and Beer Street or Calle del Jamon and Calle de la Cerveza. Pictured: tourists in Magaluf on Thursday

Regional Health Minister Patricia Gomez said of the three road closures: “You have to look at the evidence. Where are the Covid 19 outbreaks? We see everywhere that they are the result of people who gather for a while in small groups without protective measures. & # 39;

In an interview with local media, she added: “We cannot assign a police officer to every tourist to avoid this, and believe me, in areas like the streets that we have closed, it is very easy for 20 to 30 people to band together for a second, do something stupid and post it on social media.

“We don't want the image of the Balearic Islands abroad.

"It is important not to scare the tourists who abide by the rules."

It is not yet clear whether one of the business people affected by the closures will appeal.

Nicky Smith, who manages Magaluf Rocks, said: "It is sad and we find it very unfair, but we would like to send the message to British holidaymakers who should come to Magaluf so as not to cancel their vacation.

“There are many open places in Magaluf and Palmanova. Only Punta Ballena closes. It's obviously a well-known part of Magaluf, but it's not the only place. & # 39;