Britons hoping to fly to Spain for some winter sun could now face tough coronavirus restrictions as some places have tightened rules in response to surging cases.
The Balearic Islands – Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera – are currently in tier three, while Tenerife – one of the Canary Islands – has moved to tier four, which has the strictest restrictions for locals and tourists.
The stricter Tier 4 rules mean that pubs and restaurants will all close at midnight and public transport is capped at 75% capacity.
Nightclubs are capped at 25% and vaccination passports are required to enter indoor venues.
A maximum of six people are allowed to meet, and the rule is not just for indoor gatherings but also outdoors.
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Spas, jacuzzis and saunas are closed, and in a move that will have an even greater impact on holidaymakers, swimming pools are operating at 33% capacity.
For those hoping to hit the beach to soak up the sun, the beaches are being kept at 50% capacity and “a prior appointment may be required” for some sites, according to the tourist offices on the various islands.
Tier 3 restrictions still mean beaches can only be 50% full and you may need an appointment to visit one – so travelers heading to a Spanish destination with a lower covid restriction level will still face rules.
Bars and restaurants can stay open until 1 a.m. on Level 3, but you can still only gather up to six per group.
These levels remain in place until next Wednesday, January 20, when they will be revised.