The number of cases are rising not just here in the Balearics, but alarmingly across the rest of Europe in general, not to mention the Far East, Africa and North America and all the fingers are being pointed at young people meeting for raves and illegal street parties. There is evidence to support that this is serving to fuel the spikes but there is more to it than that.

Yesterday I received a call from a concerned Calvia resident of many years who was amazed at the sudden lack of mask-wearing and gel-using at her large local supermarket which, until recently, had been extremely strict. She even spotted people not wearing masks and pointed this out to a member of staff who shrugged and claimed it was only necessary if handling items like fresh bread etc. No, that’s not the protocol.

Another concern of mine is that Palma City Council, for example, does not appear to be cleaning the streets and pavements of the city centre as well as they did at the beginning of the pandemic.

I’ve not seen the special disinfectant team for weeks, and to be honest, Palma is filthy again with more traffic wardens on the beat that police. Mind you, there is a definite shortage of police to enforce the new rules and regulations, although they seem to be doing a fine job with regards to bars breaking social distancing laws. And everyone has come up with an excuse why not to wear a mask, only to get fined. I know it’s tough, but now is not the time to take our eyes off the ball.


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Mark Badoer / Hace about 1 year

It is true what Humprey writes here. Although I am against this ridiculous mask wearing at all times, in shops, public transport etc, it is necessary. The use of masks are still very debateable, but keeping distance, all experts agree, is essential. So where you cannot, you wear a mask. However, a lot of shops already stop caring. Empty disinfectant dispensers, no plastic gloves for fruit and veg, people not following the indicated "logistics" in the shops and this especially at small, local shop level. "Because we know each and everyone" must be the thought. I do not agree with Yogi that there is no "public messaging". Most spanish radio stations broadcast such messages. But knowing most brits, they only listen to radio 1 or so and watch UK sat TV. So blame yourself for that one.


Ssmac / Hace about 1 year

It is exactly the same here in the uk. People are In denial acting as if the virus has gone away. The attitude is well I haven't caught it yet so it must be safe. Infections are increasing here, rules are being ignored. Towns are now getting locked down, Aberdeen,Leicester and Manchester.


rich / Hace about 1 year

vaccine or herd immunity, until that time it's wave after wave. Eventually herd immunity will be reached. In the meantime lets keep the deaths down, a figure that now takes second place to the number of infections.


STAN / Hace about 1 year

Infections are increasing. People are not adhering to the rules. Greece and Turkey do not have Quarantining rules applied to Tourists, who are now visiting those countries. The Baleares are failing badly in controlling the Virus infections, through a lack of responsibility.


Yogi / Hace about 1 year

The slackness started ages back and has got worse. There’s no public messaging campaign I’m aware of from the govt about wearing masks, social distancing or maintaining sanitisation. There’s also no police around to remind and enforce the rules. It’s as if they’ve all given up and gone on their hols.