Hotel reception, Mallorca

Some confusion over the Covid passport in hotels.


The Balearic government is warning that it will not tolerate any bending of the rules with regard to the implementation of the Covid passport for restaurants.

This follows the opening of sanctions proceedings against a restaurant where tables had been removed in order to create a capacity of lower than 50 diners. Some other restaurants are said to have done this.

With capacity under 50, the Covid passport isn't a requirement. However, the minister for public function, Mercedes Garrido, points out that licences record capacities, and these must be respected. "It is no use removing tables in order to have lower capacity and so not comply with the regulation."

The government adds that proprietors know perfectly well what their legal capacities are. For months, the capacity has been a key factor for Covid measures applied to hospitality. It was used to determine how many people there could be. It now determines whether or not there is an obligation to request the passport.

Garrido says that the government is not at present considering an extension of the Covid passport requirement to bars and insists that this was never in the government's plans. Everything will depend, she adds, on the pandemic and the possible increase in infections. "If incidence shoots up, other measures will be studied, as has been done since the pandemic began."

In hotels, meanwhile, there is confusion as to the presentation of the Covid passport, the tourism ministry saying that guests must show it each time they wish to enter dining facilities. Guests, the ministry explains, will not present the passport at reception when checking in, only when entering restaurants.

However, hotels are doing precisely the opposite. "In order to avoid later inconvenience, the logical thing is that they are asked for the QR of double vaccination when they arrive," says one hotelier, noting that guests simply then have to give their room number when entering a restaurant.


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Lynn / Hace about 1 month

I find it sad that proprietors of resturants are being treated like criminals because they are trying to survive this ridiculous ruling. Surely a well spaced resturant of any size regardless of capacity is safer than a crowded bar. These owners have been persecuted beyond belief in trying to save their businesses and the jobs of their staff. The petty minded bureaucracy astounds me. Also the Covid virus does not know the difference if there are 49 people in a resturant or 51.


Rich / Hace about 1 month

So the government does not consider social distancing in any way a defence against transmission? I'm sorry but this does rather smack of stupidity and going against their previous advice and laws. It's plain and simple Monty Python.


Max / Hace about 1 month

What's wrong if a restaurant reduce it's capasity to 50 tables? Or does the virus count clients in the restaurants? It seems like the restaurants must be killed (no matter how).