Nightclubs and pubs across Spain have been told to shut their doors, following a spike in coronavirus cases across the country.

Reports say that Spanish health minister Salvador Illa made the announcement on Friday (August 14). Smoking will also be banned in outdoor areas when keeping a safe distance is impossible.

The Evening Standard said the minister also advised against meetings of more than 10 people, and warned young people particularly not to gather outside to drink alcohol.

Establishments such as restaurants will have to close by 1am with no customers allowed to enter from midnight, said the report.

The minister announced the measures because of a growing number of Covid-19 outbreaks in recent weeks.

The Standard said the total number of infections in Spain rose to 337,334 by Thursday, with 44,400 new cases confirmed over the past 14 days.

Meanwhile, the BBC has reported from Magaluf (pictured), describing how Majorca’s party capital is deserted because of the quarantine measures introduced by the UK government for travellers returning from Spain.

As well as the huge drop in tourists coming from the UK, the main bars and nightclubs in Magaluf have been shut down by police, after clubbers were caught on camera ignoring social distancing rules, said the BBC.

Elsewhere, Greece has imposed restrictions on restaurants, bars and clubs on the most popular holiday islands this week and toughened restrictions on travellers arriving from some EU countries.