Spain holidays: Balearic Islands bars & restaurants to enforce strict rules to stay open

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The Balearic Islands which include Ibiza, Formentera, Majorca and Menorca, are currently off limits to Britons. Anyone returning to the UK from the islands is required to quarantine for 14 days. From Monday, all passengers (including children) travelling to Spanish airports and ports from “risk” countries will be required to present a negative coronavirus PCR test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, in order to enter the country.

The UK is currently on the “risk” countries list and passengers arriving from the UK are therefore subject to this requirement.

Travellers will also have to full out and sign an online Health Control Form 48 hours before travel.

Spain has recorded over 1.5 million cases of coronavirus and more than 42,000 deaths.

Madrid, Catalonia and Andalucía have recorded the most cases.

The Balearics have recorded almost 23,000 cases in total.

It has been reported that the Balearic government will be enforcing more stringent requirements for bars and restaurants which they will have to put in place to remain open.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Tourism and Labour Iago Negueruela this week.

One of the new rules regards the installation of CO2 meters in establishments.

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Owners must install them indoors to gage whether the establishment has sufficient ventilation.

If the establishment does not, they will have to put in air purifiers.

The meters will have to be installed where customers can see them and be accessible.

Inspectors will be checking bars and restaurants for the new meters with people passing the safety standard given a seal of approval.

Those who do not pass will be asked to close.

Bar and restaurant owners will have to pay for the meters but if they can’t afford it then the government will provide loans.

The other new rule that will be enforced regards customers.

Customers will have to provide their personal information to the establishment.

This requirement will help the Spanish government effectively trace COVID-19.

Mr Negueruela said customers will be asked to include their name, ID number and telephone number.

The customer information will then be submitted to the government every 30 days.

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