A concert at the Bullring in Palma de Mallorca and boat parties at nine hotels sparked a coronavirus outbreak that affected more than 500 students during a study trip to the Balearic Islands.
However, the local government issued a statement that the islands remain one of the safest destinations in Spain.
The government is adamant that the fine for violators will be between 60,000 and 600,000 euros, depending on the judge’s decision after the trial is over.
“We will not allow the recklessness of the few and those who benefit from it to jeopardize human life and the economic recovery of the region,” said Balearic Prime Minister Francina Armengol, urging all citizens to remain vigilant and to comply with health protection because, she said, never since the outbreak of the pandemic has the region been closer to normal than it is now.
She thanked the police, who protected the concert, as it was only allowed if those present were wearing masks and sitting on their chairs without getting up or dancing.
The Ministry of Health has begun checking all employees of the hotels where the students were staying to see if there were any infected people who could chain-infect their families and friends.
Legal action will also be taken against travel agencies that have organized trips in which safety measures have been violated.