The Balearic government has got to get a grip on easing Covid restrictions

The Balearic government has got to get a grip on easing Covid restrictions.

23-06-2021PERE BERGAS

Tensions are mounting on all fronts in Palma and it all boils down to the continuing restrictions on the bar and restaurant sector.

And, it looks like unless the Balearic government starts taking some decisive action and making it clear why, residents and bars could be heading for a face-off.

The other day, for example, the head of the my neighbourhood association, which takes in the Paseo Mallorca, was doing the rounds asking local residents if they were fed up with the noise coming from certain establishments on the Paseo and the gathering of people drinking and smoking down the side streets late at night and now in the early hours of the morning.

It would appear that the response was a resounding yes because yesterday morning, in my letter box, was a very official complaint form which residents are being asked to fill in and submit to Palma City Council, this can also be done on line. And, it clearly indicates the bar/restaurant in question.

This is not how we should be emerging from the pandemic, we don’t need residents and businesses at each other’s throats, we have got to come out of this as a united front. We’ve all suffered on varying levels and the hostelry sector has been one of the worst hit. Do we need to start launching petitions and lodging official complaints? Surely a quite little chat in someone’s shell might prove to be the best solution.


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John Law / Hace 5 months

That "tension" should have come forward when Spain was sitting back doing nothing, while watching other countries pushing out vaccinations to its population, - bit late now folks, no good whingeing...


John / Hace 5 months

I think it's always been there and finding a balance is never easy. it's just now, everybody is coming out of these restrictions has suffered one way or another with loss of business or mental health. Now it makes it more fragile, businesses now are desperate to get normality back. Residents having no peace and often losing their parking due to restaurant terraces. Nobody wants constant noise outside their homes every night So some solutions have to be found. I also agree with Roger.


Leo / Hace 5 months

The "Politicians" have their own agenda. Trying to placate not only voters but their friends the .business friends , who donate.


Roger / Hace 5 months

Sadly all of this reinforces the lack of sustainable integration planning and implementation that currently exists, and in spite of having many many months to make pragmatic changes for the benefit of all, the Balearic government continues to do nothing, lacks ideas, and appears to be solely intent on trying to pursue the recovery of mass tourism above all else....sad but true