Sunbathers will be forced to wear a face mask on the beach after the recent coronavirus crackdown on a vacation hotspot.
The latest strict restriction goes into effect tomorrow in the Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera, and police officers will enforce the harsh new regulations.
The region is usually a favorite with UK vacationers, but all non-essential foreign travel is currently banned by the various home country authorities. Sun seekers hope to finally get the green light for the vacation later this summer.
The beaches in the Balearic Islands were mask-free, but it will become mandatory to wear face-covering even when sunbathing and this rule is expected to apply throughout the summer.
Everyone over the age of six is required to wear a mask in every public place outdoors, and police patrol the beaches to enforce the rule. The mask rule persists even when there is social distancing.
An official bulletin stated that the rules would be enforced until the end of the pandemic. However, anyone with a relevant disease can do without face covering.
The mask decision as part of a legislative decree introduced by the Balearic government to curb an increasing number of coronavirus infections and tighten restrictions for the Easter period.
An emergency law has been put in place that imposes fines of up to 600,000 euros for very serious rule violations, including the involvement of parties who disallow or disregard the capacity of a venue.
The region is one of the most popular destinations for British tourists planning a break when travel restrictions are lifted.