Palma (dpa) - Hundreds of holidaymakers from Germany are said to have had a party at Ballermann in Mallorca, without caring about the current corona rules in Spain.

A video published on Saturday by the "Mallorca Zeitung" (MZ) shows how people celebrate, drink and dance in the crowds on Friday evening on the famous "Bierstrasse" - "as if there were no corona," says the "MZ" . Virtually no one wears a mask, although the minimum distance of one and a half meters prescribed by the Spanish government for the time of the “new normal” can neither be observed on the street nor in the restaurants.

The pictures shocked the island. According to the "Mallorca Zeitung", the scenes showed "how great the risk of a second corona wave in Mallorca could be". Many of the drunk guests would have flirted with foreign tourists, danced in larger groups and hugged street vendors. The few people wearing the mask were partly laughed at, media reports.

Although some parties from larger groups in pubs and parks had raised initial concerns after the lockdown ended, no one has seen such a large gathering of people drinking and drinking in the Balearic Islands since the borders were opened to foreign tourists in mid-June.

In view of the negligence of some citizens in complying with the corona protection rules, the regional government in Palma had only declared war on illegal parties on Friday. A penalty catalog with fines of up to 600,000 euros was approved; increased controls have also been announced. On Friday evening, the police did not show up at "Ballermann", according to the "MZ".

Although Spain was one of the countries most affected by the pandemic, the numbers have fallen sharply since mid-May. According to official information, there were 134 infected people in the Balearic Islands on Friday, 87 of them in Mallorca. In order to prevent new outbreaks, the Balearic Islands want to introduce a very strict mask requirement. As of Monday, people should wear mouth and nose protection outdoors even if the safety distance can be maintained.

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