MAJORCA and Ibiza could hit Brits with £530,000 fines to halt illegal raves amid fears a second coronavirus wave will shut down both islands.
Organisers of the illicit parties are risking massive fines for flouting strict Covid-19 safety regulations.
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‘Underground’ raves are being held in private villas, beach bars, small retail units and even on boats.
They’ve cheekily been dubbed “Covid parties” for bridging the gap left by the government’s ban on the reopening of the islands’ popular superclubs.
The Balearic government has today approved a new law which increases the penalties for holding parties with too many people outside of hours, without social distancing and with revellers wearing no protective masks.
The lower end of the fine spectrum is €100, but authorities now have the power to impose much tougher penalties – up to €600,000 if justified.
New laws also make it compulsory for people to wear masks in most places with the exception of the beach.
This will apply to local residents and tourists, and those breaking the mask rule risk copping a €100 fine.
Cops will be stepping up patrols and inspections, paying special attention to social distancing, capacity and masks in crowded situations and leisure establishments.
Minister of Public Administrations, Isabel Castro, said that measures had to be maintained to “prevent the spread of the virus.
“We ask for individual responsibility for the good of the whole.
“The irresponsibility of some could squander all we have achieved with everyone’s effort.
“That is why I want to insist that collective security is an essential value to guarantee the protection of our islands, for those of us who live on them and for those who visit us.”
A string of illegal parties has been raided in the past few days, including one in the resort of sa Pobla in the north of Mallorca which was attended by several hundred people without masks or social distancing.
Another rave was also held in a villa in Costa de la Calma near Magaluf with over 100 revellers while another in a coastal bar in Portals Nous also exceeded capacity, with partygoers even arriving on jet skis.
The bar is now facing the possibility of being closed down, as well as copping a huge fine.
The Costa de la Calma party was allegedly organised by Brits working in Magaluf and was advertised on the social networks as a pool party.
Tickets cost punters between €30-100. Laughing gas was found when the event was raided by police.
The organisation which represents small businesses including bars and restaurants in the Balearics, FELIB, accused party organisers of putting profit before people’s health.