Spain's resorts are practically empty after only a few tourists have arrived at the top travel destinations, as Magaluf closes bars to force social distance from vacationers.
Despite the bargain breaks offered at just £ 99, very few tourists gathered to enjoy the summer sun as the country raised its borders.
The normally crowded beaches are incredibly quiet in tourist destinations, Madrid's designer shops remain deserted, and Seville is a ghost town because tourists refuse to travel amid the pandemic.
Spain, which is dependent on tourism, one of the most affected countries in Europe with more than 28,000 deaths from the pandemic, ended a tough national ban on June 21.
Since then, more than 170 clusters have emerged that have prompted regional authorities to patch up local restrictions that confuse locals and anger companies.
On July 16, empty deckchairs are pictured on the beach at Magaluf in Calvia on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca
A view of the almost empty terrace of a bar in the La Florida neighborhood in the L & # 39; Hospitalet near Barcelona
Tourists walk along an empty street in the resort town of Magaluf
The normally busy Magaluf strips remain incredibly quiet
The police patrol an empty street in the resort town of Magaluf. To stop the spread of the new corona virus and shake off the region's reputation as a party center, the regional authorities in the Balearic Islands ordered the closure of all facilities along Mallorca's "Beer Street" from Thursday. and & # 39; Ham St. & # 39; as the popular party areas near the beach of Palma de Mallorca are called, and another boulevard in nearby Magaluf.
Tourists in Torrox trying to reserve beach spots have their towels and chairs removed by the police
Police are writing tickets after tourists dump their things on Torrax Beach
The authorities removed sun beds and umbrellas when they confiscated them
View of an empty narrow street and closed shops and restaurants in Ibiza amid the coronavirus pandemic
The shops will remain closed as the shops in Playa d & # 39; en Bossa will be closed to tourists on July 14, 2020 in Ibiza
A woman adjusts her mask on Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca
Tourists stand on an empty street in the resort town of Magaluf on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain
View of an empty street and closed restaurants yesterday in Ibiza. The summer season has started in Ibiza, but with far fewer tourists due to the outbreak of the corona virus
View of the closed & # 39; Ushuaia & # 39; Beach hotel and club and the empty parking lot of the & # 39; Hi & # 39; Night clubs in Ibiza, Spain
View of the empty street and closed restaurant in Ibiza, Spain. Chairs and tables remain upside down due to the lack of tourists in the region
View of the closed nightclub & # 39; Amnesia & # 39; on July 14, 2020 in Ibiza, Spain. The summer season has started in Ibiza, but with far fewer tourists due to the outbreak of the corona virus
A truck full of confiscated beach items drives away from Torrox beach near Marbella
Closed bars are pictured on Calle de la Cerveza (beer street) in Palma de Mallorca
Welcome posters for July 1st at the entrance to the popular Casa Batlló in Barcelona
Magaluf's blank stripes come after regional authorities ordered the immediate closure of bars in three streets popular with high-drinking tourists to limit the potential for coronavirus outbreaks.
Many tourists are concerned that they do not comply with the social distancing guidelines. The authorities have decided to close the venues on the Platja de Palma strip in the capital Palma and Magaluf, a popular meeting place for young, alcoholic British.
Mallorca's party tourists were in stark contrast to a solemn memorial service on Thursday morning in Madrid, at which relatives of around 100 Covid-19 victims sat socially distant with representatives of health workers and other vital professions, as well as with Spain's king and queen to pay tribute to the dead and those who are fighting the pandemic.
In an emotional speech, Hernando Calleja said he shares the pain of losing his brother Jose Maria, a well-known journalist and writer in Madrid, with other relatives of "anonymous" victims.
"Let us not forget that the corona virus was and remains a cold, cruel and destructive executioner," said Calleja at the ceremony in the Royal Palace of Madrid.
Women walk on Punta Ballena Street in Magaluf, Calvia
Tourists take a walk on Punta Ballena Street in Magaluf, Calvia, on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca on July 16
A few solo travelers stroll along the Punta Ballena street in Magaluf
Two lonely women seem to have the beach in Calvia to themselves
Tourists take a walk on the beach at Magaluf – which is usually packed at this time of year
At the start of the summer season, authorities on the island fear that if things aren't taken hard, things can get out of control.
The news came when the Costa del Sol police were so fed up with sun worshipers reserving beach spots "for hours" that they began to confiscate their belongings.
Officials from the British tourist hotspot Torrox near Marbella in Andalusia warned after tourists dumped items on the beach during peak hours – even though they were nowhere to be seen.
The council shared a number of pictures on Facebook showing the police removing empty sun beds and writing tickets for fraudsters, Metro said.
Earlier this week, the German health minister expressed concern after hundreds of German tourists celebrating the island without a mask or at a safe distance, fueling fears of yet another wave of coronavirus.
The police were stationed along the strip when, on the orders of the town hall, they began to enforce the closures
The scenes that took place on Friday when the police reached the area to make sure the bars closed on time came when concerned residents predicted the problem would only get worse. Pictured: A fully occupied club in Magaluf
British revelers who weren't wearing face masks returned to the Punta Ballena party strip in Magaluf, Spain, shortly after 2 a.m. on Friday to start their vacation with alcohol
The local media on the Spanish island expressed outrage after video footage showing mainly German vacationers in front of bars and terraces on Friday evening, which prompted the German-language Mallorca Zeitung to comment that it was as if nobody had heard of the corona pandemic.
The regional government had announced high fines last week for those caught organizing illegal parties or violating social distance rules and face masks.
"We don't want rude tourists on our islands," said Iago Negueruela, the regional tourism minister.
Negueruela warned that if the tourists acted elsewhere, the procedure would simply be expanded.
Authorities in the Balearic Islands off the east coast of Spain say they need to protect public health, even if summer tourism, on which around 200,000 local jobs depend, is increasing.
Elsewhere, pictures of Ibiza show shops with closed shutters, nightclubs without revelers and restaurants without guests on the party island, which is usually full of tourists in the summer season.
Supermarkets on the longest beach, Playa d & # 39; en Bossa, home to some of the island's most popular clubs, are closed, as are the Amnesia and Privelige nightclubs.
Thousands of Catalans are returning as Spain fights new virus clusters
In Catalonia, a judge on Tuesday evening finally approved the order of the regional government to stay at home for the residents of Lleida and six nearby cities after several days of legal and political tensions over the matter.
Under the new rules, people are only allowed to leave their homes for important activities such as work or shopping, while hotels, restaurants and bars close, except for the collection or delivery of food.
The regional authorities have also encouraged residents of three neighborhoods to stay at home in L’ # Hospitalet, a suburb of Barcelona where around 260,000 people live, but this is not a mandatory limitation.
Sanitary workers received patients yesterday in a makeshift hospital in Prat de la Riba in Lleida, Catalonia, Spain
Another judge refused to stamp a proposed restriction there for meetings of more than 10 people.
After more than 28,000 deaths from the pandemic, the Spanish government ended a nationwide ban on June 21 because it had dealt with the worst virus, as the number of infections had almost stopped.
However, since then, more than 170 clusters have sprung up across Spain, causing the regional authorities to impose a patchwork of local restrictions that confused the locals and angered the companies.
While Catalonia, Spain's second largest region, is the first to bring its citizens back home, parts of Galicia have been closed to visitors and the Basque city of Ordizia has imposed a curfew to combat its own outbreaks.
And, following Catalonia's example, a number of regions introduced mandatory use of masks at all times, regardless of whether social distancing can be guaranteed. In the southern Andalusian region, the restriction even applies to beach visitors.
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