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No Masks on the beaches

The use of the mask on beaches and swimming pools will not be mandatory in the Balearic Islands if there is distance

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The use of the mask on beaches and swimming pools will not be mandatory in the Balearic Islands if there is a safety distance during the Easter holidays. This was announced this Wednesday by the Minister of Health, Patricia Gómez. This Wednesday afternoon a resolution will be signed so that the agents are clear that the regulations that prevail is that of the Autonomous Community during these days.

However, if a person goes to the beach with another who is not from their coexistence group, they do have to use it. It should be remembered that no more than six people can meet, belonging to two nuclei of coexistence.

The publication in the BOE of a new national standard that makes the use of the mask mandatory always in outdoor spaces, also on beaches and swimming pools, although the safety distance can be maintained, has caused much controversy. In the Balearic Islands, the use of a mask is mandatory in all outdoor spaces, except on beaches and swimming pools if the safety distance can be kept.

However, the Minister of Health , Carolina Darias, explained in the meeting she has held with the autonomous communities that the new national standard has been processed as a bill, but has recognized that it has been left out of context and has proposed to work a technical-legal proposal with the participation of the autonomous communities to modify it if there is consensus.

Man sunbathing with surgical mask.

However, Gómez has explained that the Balearic Islands understand that the regulations of the Islands are not exceeded with the new Law because it indicates “in accordance with the health authorities”, so the use of the mask on beaches and swimming pools remains in force only if the safe distance cannot be maintained. This has been determined by the technicians with whom the Government has consulted.

The Minister of Health hopes that in the inter-territorial council on Wednesday of next week this rule can be clarified and hopes that the use of the mask in the open air is not mandatory if the safety distance can be kept. In this sense, he has stated that the Law is not suspended, what is done is interpreting it. It has also specified that if the aforementioned rule were maintained, it would not be possible to smoke on the street either.

Concern about the arrival of the fourth wave

On the other hand, Gómez has indicated that at the national level there is concern because the accumulated incidence rises one or two points every day, the arrival of the fourth wave is feared. There has also been talk of the lethality incidence of the pandemic, which has dropped.

In the case of those over 65 , there are now more outbreaks outside of residences than inside, where there are only two outbreaks in all of Spain.

In addition, it has been insisted that the European Medicines Agency will reposition itself on the Astrazeneca vaccine next week.

Asked by people with pathologies who have not been vaccinated, she has answered that the objective is to be able to eliminate those over 80 years of age in mid-April and, subsequently, to lower the age range.

Regarding quarantines , the possibility of increasing it to 14 days is being analyzed, since the virus lasts longer with the British strain.

Easyjet

Easyjet will connect Palma with Birmingham from July

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The Easyjet airline has announced this Thursday a new Palma-Birmingham route from July 3, which will be operational until October 30 with three weekly frequencies, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The company has already put the seats for this route up for sale , as well as those for two other new connections between Alicante and Malaga with Birmingham, which will begin at the end of June.

“We know that the desire to fly is still present,” said the general director of easyJet for southern Europe, Javier Gándara, who has insisted that they apply security measures and flexibility policies to allow “booking with confidence”.

EU Countries can come to Mallorca from June

Jet2 scheduling “massive” arrival of holidaymakers in Mallorca from June

Although a report in Travel Weekly about increased summer flights capacity being offered by Jet2 did not specifically mention Mallorca or the Balearics, there is a separate report from the Palma-based travel magazine Preferente which states that Jet2 have informed hoteliers in Mallorca that they have scheduled the “massive” arrival of British tourists on the islands from June 2.

May 17 is the date that Boris Johnson gave for foreign holiday trips to restart, and Jet2 will have specific flights from then, but the holiday push – it would appear – will really start in the first week of June.

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Season is starting

Mallorca is opening again for Tourism

Spanish residents won’t be allowed to travel to other Autonomous Communities at Easter, but tourists from other European Union countries, except the United Kingdom are allowed to come to Spain.

The Government and Autonomous Communities agreed to the Inter-territorial Council’s proposal to close all communities except the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, from March 26-April 9.

That means that tourists from the EU can come to Mallorca for Easter, but residents of the Island are banned from visiting relatives and friends on the Peninsula and restricted to socialising with people who live in the same home.

Tourists will still have to submit a negative PCR test carried out not more than 72 hours before arrival and they won’t be able to leave the Community they’re staying in.

According to the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, the agreement specifies that in both the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, entry will be allowed but not for domestic tourists.

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