A police helicopter was seen flying over a beach in Majorca ordering sunbathers to be off a beach by 9pm
Civil Guard officers confirmed they were going to be putting a chopper up in the sky every day to make sure people using the island’s beaches obeyed new rules brought in to halt the spread of coronavirus.
The beaches are closed between 9pm at night and 7am in the morning.
Parks are also being closed overnight in a bid to stop them being turned into party areas following the closure of nightspots including discos.
Footage of a helicopter flying over beaches in Palma and Calvia, the municipality which includes the Brit-popular resort of Magaluf.
The footage, published by island newspaper Diario de Mallorca, appeared to show some people holding up posters and angrily waving their arms at the chopper.
A Civil Guard spokesman said: “The diffusion of messages using megaphones from vehicles and helicopters at beaches and parks is being carried out on a daily basis.
“This is happening to make sure the new rules established by the Balearic Islands regional government regarding the new timetables, are adhered to.”
This comes after health chiefs in the Balearic Islands revealed they were laying the ground for night-time curfews in the areas worst-affected by Covid-19.
The tourist resort of San Antonio in Ibiza, and upmarket Deia in Majorca are among the 15 municipalities could be hit with a strict regulations which could include curfews and a five-person social gathering limit.
The regional government is due to confirm on Monday which areas will be targeted first and what specific measures will be adopted.
The focus will be a further curb on residents and visitors’ social life.
Regional health minister Patricia Gomez revealed that further restrictions could be introduced at a press briefing.
Mrs Armengol said: “People could still go to work and school. The only thing we’re looking at doing is suspending social activity so we can halt the spread of the virus.”
The drastic steps being considered could mean holidaymakers in some parts of the Balearic Islands might be prevented from leaving their hotels after night-fall.
Rafa Ruiz, the mayor of Ibiza Town which has been signalled as one of the problem areas, said yesterday/on Friday after meeting with government chiefs that he was confident the situation would improve in the next few days and no new measures would be necessary.