- Title: No crowds: sunseekers enjoy Mallorca beaches as tourism slows
- Date: 11th July 2020
- Summary: CALVIA, MALLORCA, SPAIN (JULY 11, 2020) (REUTERS) PEOPLE SWIMMING IN SEA PEOPLE IN SEA AND ON BEACH BEDS PEOPLE SWIMMING PEOPLE STANDING ON BEACH NEAR PEDALOES MAGALUF BEACH PEOPLE WALKING ALONG BEACH VARIOUS OF PEOPLE SWIMMING MAN WALKING OUT OF WATER PEOPLE ON THE BEACH PEOPLE ON BEACH BEDS, WOMAN PASSING BY MAN DIGGING A HOLE ON THE SAND, PLAYING WITH CHILD PEOPLE SWIMMING PEOPLE ON THE BEACH BEACH BEDS AND BEACH UMBRELLAS PEOPLE LYING ON TOWELS PEOPLE ON BEACH
- Embargoed: 25th July 2020 15:27
- Keywords: Mallorca Spain beaches coronavirus pandemic tourism tourists virus
- Location: CALVIA, MALLORCA, SPAIN
- City: CALVIA, MALLORCA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CMD7KG7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Beach-goers in the Balearic island of Mallorca enjoyed a day at the each on Saturday (July 11) without the usual throng of people amid the coronavirus crisis, an unusual sight that contrasts the image of beaches crowded by international tourists last year.
Mallorca was the first to reopen to international tourists seeking sun, sea and parties in Spain, but the coronavirus pandemic has dampened business and places.
Tourism all but shut down in Spain in March because of the COVID-19 and is only slowly resuming.
Germany was the first country to agree a quarantine-free air corridor with Spain allowing tourists to enjoy sea and sunshine in the Balearic Islands from June 15, two weeks before borders opened to Schengen countries.
Last year, Germans made up one third of international tourists to the Balearic Islands, an archipelago off Spain's east coast that includes the party island of Ibiza.
Spain has has gone further than other top tourist destinations in the region by making masks mandatory if maintaining distance of 1.5 meters is impossible.
The Balearic Islands and Catalonia - Spain's top foreign tourist destinations - have made the rule even stricter imposing them everywhere in public regardless of distances.
Making face masks mandatory everywhere is likely to chase off tourists when Spain badly needs them, the Balearic Islands' business association said on Friday (July 10).
(Production: Enrique Calvo, Guillermo Martinez, Elena Rodriguez)
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