THE Government of the Balearic Islands has announced a raft of new restrictions to halt the spread of coronavirus.

The measures were revealed at a press conference today by Health Minister Patricia Gomez and will come into force from Saturday, October 24.

Gomez said that the new rules will be applied across the region and are ‘likely to stay in place for several months’.

Bars will now no longer be able to make use of their countertops to serve beverages or food to customers.

All orders must be taken from tables which can sit a maximum of six people.

The use of a face mask remains mandatory unless one is eating or drinking.

The sale of alcohol in shops will be strictly prohibited after 10pm.

Weddings, communions and baptisms will be limited to 25 people if held indoors or 50 people if held outdoors.

Places of worship must cap their capacity to 30% and singing at services should be avoided to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Gyms must also reduce their capacity to 30% and group classes must have no more than 15 people in attendance.

Shopping centres must also reduce their capacity by half.

In Ibiza and Mallorca, social gatherings have been reduced from ten people to six.

Formentera and Menorca have been excluded from this rule due to both having a lower number of infections than the two other islands.

Photo by Allan Binderup.

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