British return to Magaluf strip under watchful eyes of cops after Mallorca was added to green list
UK vacationers made their presence felt on the noisy Punta Ballena strip in Magaluf last night, just hours after it was added to the Green List.
Some ventured out in disguise and others in just shorts and no shirts after an afternoon of scorching heat.
Police and the Spanish Armed Civil Guard ensure revelers follow Covid rules.
Hundreds of Britons flew to Mallorca on Thursday after Downing Street added him to the green list.
Just 24 hours earlier, hordes of British sun seekers flocked to the Balearic Islands after it was added to the list.
Dozens of scantily clad Britons partied along Punta Bellena despite the heavy police presence.
There were bachelorette parties, cheering drunkards, and people lining up in take-out shacks to take advantage of the hot weather.
And today, 94 more flights were to carry tourists between the UK and the island’s Palma airport.
Seven out of ten hotels in Mallorca are now open, and 34% of them have moved in in the last few days after the Downing Street Green List was announced.
Bars and clubs in Punta Ballena were closed last July on orders from regional governors after British thugs were caught on camera jumping up and down on the roof of a parked car.
Nightclubs in the region and the Balearic Islands have yet to reopen and bars are due to close at 2 a.m.
Tommy Goodwin, 35, of Stockport, the daytime manager of Miyagi’s and TigerTiger bars on the famous neon-lit strip said: “The Balearics on the UK’s green light list are definitely going to have a positive effect on people. business.
“We opened about eight weeks ago and the season has been very different so far.
“To be fair the customers have been a bit of a mixed bag, many Scandinavians as well as French and Germans as well as British expats who live and work at the resort.
“I think we’ll see a change in the next few weeks. I talk to friends and acquaintances on social media who have booked for July and August and the beginning of September is traditionally a time when it feels like someone has flipped a switch and hordes of Brits start to arrive.
“I don’t think things will go back to how they were this summer. Closing time is 2 a.m. and although we have DJs in both bars, no standing is allowed. I have seen a lot of weird chair dances and punches lately.
Tommy said he could only have between 140 and 160 clients at his clubs at a time under new government regulations.
“This is the first year that I have known people booking a table on weekends on Instagram and Facebook and I have been in Magaluf for eleven years.”
It comes as ministers hint that double-bitten Britons could travel from Amber List countries without having to self-quarantine.
Boris Johnson said “double hits will be a liberator” when asked for information that fully vaccinated people might be able to travel without quarantine from Amber List countries by July 26.
Tour operator Jet2 launched its first flight from Bristol Airport on Friday, with package holidays to the Balearic Islands and Madeira operating from the airport for the first time.
Italy and France could join the green list before the end of the month, according to analysis by former British Airways chief strategy officer Robert Doyle, the Telegraph reports.
He claims to have deciphered the formula used by the government to decide which countries will be on the green list to make his prediction.
Besides the two British favorites, other countries should be included are Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Norway, Vietnam, Denmark, Slovakia, North Macedonia and the Czech Republic .
There are also Estonia, Finland, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Taiwan and Azerbaijan.
Anyone returning to Britain from a Green List destination will need to undergo two Covid tests.
This includes a Covid test before arrival, as well as a test on the second day of return to the UK.
A quarantine or additional testing is not required upon return, unless the post-arrival test is positive.