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Ibiza And Majorca Close Large Bars And Clubs To Stop Spread Of Coronavirus

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Ibiza and Majorca are closing large bars and nightclubs as Spain declares a state of emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Balearic Government is ordering the closure of large discos, clubs, nightclubs, gyms and sports facilities in Majorca and Ibiza in a bid to stop the spread.

As for bars, restaurants and cafés, as well as cinemas and theatres, they will have to reduce their seating capacity by a third, to a maximum of 300 people.

Francina Armengol (pictured here with Spain's King Felipe) has put the measures in place. Credit: Shutterstock
Francina Armengol (pictured here with Spain's King Felipe) has put the measures in place. Credit: Shutterstock
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According to the Majorca Daily Bulletin, President of the Government, Francina Armengol, has made the order.

The publication claims that she said: "We are closing all the places where we believe there will be a lot of people."

The Sun reported that Spain has seen the number of confirmed cases increase by more than 25 percent - from just over 3,000 to 4,209. While the death toll has risen from 84 to 120.

Clubs in Ibiza and Majorca will be closing. Credit: Shutterstock
Clubs in Ibiza and Majorca will be closing. Credit: Shutterstock
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The president added: "These are very drastic measures, but we believe that if we stop everything for 15 days it will make a difference and prevent the disease from spreading further, so for that reason we need the help of everyone.

"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.

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"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."

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The UK government is advising against travel to Spain. Credit: PA
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Earlier today The Foreign Office has issued a warning for people not to travel to regions of Spain unless it's essential.

The areas that people have been advised to avoid are regions that the Spanish Ministry of Health have designated as areas of community transmission of coronavirus.

They are: Madrid and La Rioja, and the municipalities of La Bastida and Vitoria (both in the Basque Country) and Miranda de Ebro (in Castilla y León).

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The streets of Madrid. Credit: PA
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The Spanish government has suspended all incoming flights from Italy until 25 March. They have also asked people to avoid unnecessary travel and to consider remote working where possible.

Authorities in the most affected regions (listed above) are putting in place extraordinary measures such as the temporary closure of schools, public sports centres, theatres and day care centres for the elderly due to an increase in coronavirus cases.

National museums in Madrid (Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza) are closed until further notice.

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People intending to travel to Spain should consult their airlines and tour operators. Further information about airports in Spain can be found here.

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