Ibiza is cracking down on the surge of COVID-19 cases it’s currently experiencing. Numbers continue to rise, despite the island’s closure. Spanish officials believe this is due to underground and illegal parties happening in the area. Illegal party organizers can face a fine of up to €600,000.
[Illegal parties] are not only an issue related to public order, which they have always been, but now they pose an obvious risk to people’s health. Police themselves say it’s difficult for them to infiltrate, as they aren’t known to locals…. [Party detectives are] a necessity to safeguard the health situation in Ibiza.”
Mariano Juan, Consell Insular de Ibiza
Parties are typically taking place in private residences. Police are currently working on a plan to implement party detectives into the area to pinpoint these events and help decrease the COVID spread.
It’s a confusing time in Ibiza. Establishments such as Café Mambo are now open again (with COVID precautions in place). Moreover, a recent surge of COVID-19 cases is alarming many local public health officials. To combat this surge, new guidelines are in place for visitors and residents to follow.
Current COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions
- Venues must close by 2 AM
- Groups of 6 people in doors, 10 outdoors
- No alcohol sales from 9:30 PM – 8 AM
- UK residents need proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter Ibiza
Ibiza’s party detective plan will roll out some time this summer. It’s unsure how strictly these new rules and regulations will be enforced, but with so much currently uncertain with variants spreading and a rise in cases, they’re likely going to be enforced soon. Stay tuned for updates.