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Magaluf and Ibiza to ease strict rules in bars and restaurants for holidaymakers

Brit tourists dashing off to Spanish hotspots like Magaluf and Ibiza can enjoy trips to bars and restaurants as restrictions are eased.

From this weekend the Balearic Islands government, which covers Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca, has agreed customers will be allowed to dine or drink indoors after months of tough restrictions.

A curfew will also be eased lasting until midnight, which will be welcome news for the thousands of Brit tourists expected to start flocking to the resorts, Leicestershire Live reports.

Bars that have been shut for months are now re-opening their doors.

Those that have been open have been stifled by restrictions which included customers only allowed on terraces and venues shutting at 5pm each night.

Tourists visit the popular Punta Ballena strip
A 5pm curfew had been in force

But there has been a gradual easing of the rules ahead of the tourism season resuming. Visitors from other European countries are already arriving with some hotels reporting brisk business.

The popular EastEnders nightspot in Magaluf is predicting a busy summer once UK tourists can arrive in numbers.

A Facebookpost read: “We’ve had over 130 inboxed messages asking when we’re opening today.

“In Magaluf and Palma Nova there are so many bars and restaurants open and full everyday with German, Dutch tourists and residents.

“However most of our customers are tourists so the answer is we are ready to open and will be within the next two weeks.”

Tourists visit the popular Punta Ballena strip
Popular nightspots are set to welcome tourists again

Many hotels are also beginning to host tourists with the number of British visitors increasing weekly.

However, expat business owners anticipate the Balearic islands will not be added to the UK Green list category until an update on May 31.

Government officials have said their aim is to make sure the Balearic Islands are the safest tourist destination in the Mediterranean and recover activity as the Covid vaccination programme progresses.

President of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol said the Islands are moving towards normality and de-escalation of restrictions will happen in three phases.

The second phase begins this Sunday and the third will start on June 6.

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