Fears For Magaluf's Party Strips After Government Imposes Second Lockdown
The notorious Punta Ballena party spot - popular with British tourists - was closed down for two months after drunken tourists and their antics were deemed to have gotten out of control by the Spanish government.
Now, the owners of businesses fear that they'll be forced to close down for good as a result, and have taken collective legal action against the government.
Some of those with businesses believe that the authorities are seizing on the opportunity presented by the pandemic to finally clean up the image of Magaluf as a hedonistic hotspot for drunk and anti-social UK tourists.
However, the lockdown was ostensibly brought in because of those same tourists causing havoc, refusing to obey rules regarding masks, and ignoring social distancing.
Forty-year-old tattoo parlour owner David told The Mirror: "What they are trying to do is change the type of tourist they get in Magaluf.
"The closure has nothing to do with what happened when the young people were seen jumping on the car... It is just an excuse.
"We are in trouble, our businesses are on the edge already."
Ben Morris, who is an investor in the high-end development at Magaluf Square, argued that the Majorcan resort could be forced into permanently cleaning up its act after this lockdown.
He explained: "I think the council has tried everything to control things over the past 20 years. But now the virus has been used partly as an excuse to say enough is enough.
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"The strip has been sin-binned.
"We do need to change, we want you to come down here and grab some food, have a civilised drink.
"We need to polish a few things up now and I think maybe in five years you will see a massive difference."
A spokesperson for the Calvia Council, which has spent years attempting to improve the image of Magaluf, said that the order to close the bars had come from higher government, rather than the local authorities.
They said: "It's a difficult and tough measure but one that is necessary because of the potential for putting public health and the economy at risk.
"There are images that have appeared over the past few days, linked to drunken tourism, that put public health and the economy at risk."
"We have spent many years fighting against this type of tourism and this year it has an added component which is protecting public health. The decisions we take today will determine not only what happens this holiday season but next year as well.
"In Calvia we want tourism of course, but we don't want the type of tourist that only comes here to commit excesses, only those holidaymakers who come here to enjoy themselves responsibly and who have a guarantee they will find security here as well."
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