Ibiza and Magaluf set to ease strict Covid rules to let Brit tourists run riot

Brit holidayers will be able to have the summer of their dreams in popular Spanish resorts without the burden of strict COVID rules, it was confirmed last night.

A Balearic Islands government official told the Today programme: "I believe holidays during this summer, especially late summer, will be similar to ones we are used to in the past few years.

Director general for tourism Rosana Morillo said: "We've been strict with restrictions as we believe it is the best way to control the pandemic.

"Now, little by little, we are lifting them, with increasing vaccinations allowing us to do this."

Tourism minister Iago Negueruela also told a press conference: "A huge effort is taking place behind the scenes to start once again receiving tourists."

The Balearic Islands are expected to be added to the UK's green list on May 31, with coronavirus cases much lower in the likes of Ibiza and Menorca than the rest of Spain.

The islands' president had poured cold water on tourists' plans to return to the Spanish resorts, saying nightlife would "probably not" return this summer.

But yesterday the government announced plans to move the curfew from 5pm to midnight, opening the door for nightclubs and bars to kick back into action.

The infamous EastEnders bar in Magaluf added to the excitement last week by revealing plans to reopen within days

A Facebook post read: "We've had over 130 inboxed messages asking when we're opening today.

"In Magaluf and Palma Nova there are so many bars and restaurants open and full everyday with German, Dutch tourists and residents.

"However most of our customers are tourists so the answer is we are ready to open and will be within the next two weeks."

EastEnders has confirmed it will reopen on May 26.

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