Brits flying out to Magaluf post-lockdown could be greeted with an ‘unrecognisable’ ghost town.
The holiday hotspot on the island of Mallorca is currently characterised by empty streets and barely occupied beaches, according to reports.
Travel blogger Lottie Gross was confronted with many closed shops, restaurants and bars despite tlockdown measures gradually being lifted since June.
Despite this time of year usually being the city’s peak tourist season Lottie found it far more “quiet” than many might expect, reports the Daily Star.
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Sharing a photo of a Saturday night out, the writer revealed streetlamp lit views of shuttered up shops, empty restaurant tables, and only one other person in view.
Sharing the image on Twitter, she wrote: “BIG NIGHT OUT VIBES. Or not. Magaluf is quiet tonight.”
On Sunday, views from the beach showed plenty of space between the sporadically used sun beds, and few families and sun-seekers enjoying the Mediterranean waters.
Lottie stated that it would be easy to maintain social distance due to the lack of other people and that fellow tourists wouldn’t have to fight over sun loungers.
While dining at her hotel, she described the experience as “chaos” as staff struggled to get to grips with the new serving rules.
She tweeted: “A little note about dinner… My hotel is doing buffets but it’s not help yourself.
“Screens protect the food from human breath and a server dishes up for you.
“They’re struggling though. Not enough servers, no queueing system & no timed entry makes it chaos at best.”
Images shows staff wearing PPE while standing ready to serve food, surfaces being wiped before diners took seats, and hotel occupants standing in good distance of each other.
The tourism industry is slowly beginning to open up as lockdown measures begin to ease across Europe and the world amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.
Quarantine exemptions will come in to force from 10 July with “air bridges” between the UK and 59 other countries – including Spain.
Agreements in place between the nations will allow tourists to travel to and from each other without the need to automatically self-isolate for 14 days after landing.
It comes as the Minister of Model Econòmic, Tourism and Occupation of the Balearic Government, Iago Negueruela, believes the likes of Mallorca and Eivissa should take advantage of the lull re-shape the tourism model more towards families than 1830 holidays, reports La Vanguardia.