Magaluf's antisocial behaviour regulations come into force

Magaluf's antisocial behaviour regulations come into force

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A ban on drinking alcohol in the streets after 10pm forms part of a clampdown on loutish behaviour being imposed in Magaluf ahead of the summer season.

The new regulations, due to come into force tomorrow (June 9) have been approved after consultation with the Spanish and Balearic governments and local businesses.

New rules on pub crawls, a ban on shops selling alcohol between midnight and 8am, increased use of CCTV surveillance and the deployment of an extra 36 police on the streets during the summer peak are part of the measures.

Fines of between €750 and €3,000 will be imposed on anyone involved in antisocial behaviour including ‘balconing’, urinating in public or being naked in the street.

In addition, new rules on pub crawls include:

  • Organising companies will be limited to one crawl per day, between 8pm and midnight
  • A maximum of 20 participants per pub crawl.
  • Participants must be escorted by both a member of the company and an accredited security staff
  • Pub crawl staff must have first aid training
  • Pub crawl promotions must be authorised seven days in advance
  • Pub crawl participants must be over 18 years old, wear special identification clothes and provide a contact person in case of emergency.

Isabel Borrego, Spain´s tourism secretary, said: “The Spanish government strongly supports the new regulations passed by Calvia Council.

“They will foster a new framework in which all international tourists can fully enjoy their holidays in Spain in a manner that is responsible both for themselves and the destination.”

Balearic Islands tourism counsellor, Jaime Martinez, said: “The improvements and investment in Magaluf over the winter, together with the new regulations recently approved by Calvia Council, clearly show that there is no way back from the transformation of this popular destination.”

Simon Manley, the British Ambassador to Spain, added: “We want British visitors to Magaluf to enjoy themselves, as they do elsewhere in Spain.

“But we also want them to stay safe and to respect the laws and customs of Spain. We work closely with the local authorities in Mallorca and we welcome any measures that they can take to support those aims."

Nikki White, Abta head of destinations and sustainability, said: ““Abta and our members work closely with destinations to understand the impacts of any new regulations.

"We will work with our members to make sure that they and their customers are fully aware of the new regulations ahead of full enforcement coming in. Abta encourages holidaymakers to respect the local culture and communities of the host destinations that they are visiting."

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