BRITS on holiday in Majorca could face local lockdowns and still have to quarantine when they get home, health chiefs warn.
Majorca officials say the potential coronavirus lockdowns could be put in place to stem the spread of new cases, which are expected to continue to rise for at least another two weeks.
These fears come as party-goers have been caught ignoring social distancing rules.
Health chiefs said have said a total lockdown of any of the Balearic Islands, which also include Ibiza and Formentera, is not on the agenda.
But they say they will not hesitate to impose lockdowns on “buildings, districts or municipalities” if it is necesssary.
The Balearic government said today that it will take all measures within its delegated powers to get the coronavirus spread under control.
Spokesman for the autonomous committee of infectious diseases, Javier Arranz said: “Much smaller confinements or recommendations for limitation of mobility are not ruled out, from a building, a municipality or a neighbourhood.
” They are always a possibility because they are decisions that can be made from the autonomous community.”
The purpose of carrying out these selective confinements would be to avoid a general one, such as that which lasted from March until mid-June.
He said a new confinement was a “scenario we don’t want to reach”, adding; “It is not our option.”
Mr. Arranz said the Balearics expected cases to rise for at least another two weeks because of the amount of tests being carried out and the increased level of contagion.
However, he dismissed the suggestion of a second wave as symptoms were milder and people less affected.
He also hoped that new regulations imposed on August 14th, which include the total closure of all nightclubs and cocktail bars, a 1am closing time for pubs and a ban on smoking in public places unless a two metre distance could be guaranteed, would start to show dividends in a fortnight.
An appeal has been made to residents and tourists to show responsibility and to abide by the regulations.
In the last week, 38 new outbreaks of coronavirus have been reported, most of them at family and friends gatherings.
The Balearic Islands have added about 80 new positive cases in the last 24 hours.
Since the beginning of the health crisis, 4,908 infected have been registered in the Islands, 4,356 of them in Mallorca.
This comes as Ibiza’s government has banned pool parties as part of its latest crackdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.
And it has once again stressed that party boats are also prohibited no matter where they are berthed in any part of the islands.