In an ambitious attempt to return to normalcy, Ibiza bars and restaurants have clearance to open their outdoor dining doors come March 2nd.

The international news comes on the heels of a notable decline in COVID-19 cases in Ibiza, Mallorca, Formentera, and Menorca,. Spain. Notwithstanding a followup surge in sickness, indoor spaces will be allowed to reopen on March 16th, two weeks after the initial opening.

In response to the reopening announcement, the Confederation Of Business Associations of the Balearic Islands has heavily criticized the government’s decision, stating that on Ibiza, 80% of the restaurants do not have a terrace for outdoor dining. To add insult to injury, the confederation noted that “no financial aid has been provided to those impacted by the closures.” President Francina Armengol addressed the criticism, stating that the restrictions were effective after bringing down the region’s coronavirus cases by 49 percent in just two weeks.

While this plan is to open bars and restaurants, clubs have, and will remain closed since March 2020 until such time they are given specific clearance to re-open.

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