Spain: Mallorca hotels close early due to coronavirus travel restrictions

Hotels in Mallorca are closing due to travel restrictions imposed on tourists travelling to Spain amid a surge of coronavirus cases in the country. Restrictions affecting German and British tourists especially impacted the number of visitors to the Balearic island. On Monday, hotel premises and the beach area were seen nearly deserted. «Currently, of the 88 hotels that we have in the Palmanova and Magaluf area, there are more or less 27 percent open and they are closing. Well, the prediction is that the few that remain will be closing and from here more or less to September 15. There will be a few hotels and apartments open,» explained Mauricio Carballeda, the president of the Palmanova-Magaluf Hotel Association. Local media reports that hundreds of hotels will likely shut down for the season by the first half of September, after seeing an already large drop of customers before travel into the island resumed for the summer in July. Brits have to self-isolate for two weeks upon their return to the UK, as Spain has been on the quarantine list since July 26. Spain, which has been one of the worst-hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, has seen a recent surge in cases that have surpassed 462,800 infections since the beginning of the outbreak, and with over 29,000 virus related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
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