Benidorm tourist crackdown: Spain holiday hotspot set for night curfew as Covid cases rise

Due to a rise in Covid cases in Valencia, south-east Spain, various tourist hotspots might be put under new curfew rules from Monday, July 26. The areas could include Benidorm, Alicante, Alfas del Pi, Calpe, Denia, and Teulada-Moraira.

Mr Barcala did not think the expansion of the current curfews is necessary.

He said: “The curfew threatens to ruin the tourist season as well as thousands of jobs related to the sector.”

But the Valencian president stressed the need to keep both tourists and citizens safe, saying: “The measures are not about enjoying the holidays but enjoying leisure safely.

“The contagion capacity of the Delta variant is immense and it’s accounting for 90 percent of infections in the Valencian Community.”

As well as the current curfews in some areas of the province, there are other restrictions in place across Valencia.

These rules include the 12:30am closure of hospitality venues, the gathering limit of only ten people indoors, and the capacity in swimming pools cut by 50 percent.

According to the government, most of the new Covid cases in the region are among younger unvaccinated people.

The province of Andalusia, home to tourist hotspots Seville and Cadiz, is also struggling with rising Covid cases.

The region faces a fifth wave of Covid infections and a “rapid increase” of cases among young people.

New rules will come into place at midnight tonight, July 22, which means there will be capacity limits on pubs, restaurants, and nightlife venues.

As part of the new restrictions, the Andalusian government also wants to implement a new curfew on areas across the region.

Unlike the 1am to 6am Valencian curfew, this could be between 2am and 7am in municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants where there are more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 people.

This could therefore affect the biggest holiday resort in the province, Marbella.

However, the proposed curfew must be given the green light by Spain’s Supreme Court.

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