20 Mar COVID-19 outbreak: Prohibition on entry at all Balearic Islands ports/marinas for recreational yachts (pleasure or commercial)
As a consequence of the declaration of the state of alarm/emergency in Spain last Saturday March 14 (Royal Decree 463/2020), caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, and the inherent need to manage the health crisis situation, last Tuesday March 17 the Minister of Transport of the Spanish Government issued out an Order (TMA/247/2020) establishing the transport measures applied to the connections between Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands.
The aforementioned Order also foresees in its article 1 (prohibitions), among others, the prohibition for all recreational vessels, pleasure or commercial (charter), to enter any ports of the Balearic Islands, regardless its place of origin. The Government may authorize disembarking only for exceptional humanitarian, medical care or public interest circumstances.
This prohibition entered into force today March 19 at 00:00 hours and will remain and be effective until the end of the state of alarm/emergency period or, otherwise, until there are circumstances that justify a new Order modifying the current terms.
Wishing you and your families are all well and that this situation ends up as soon as possible. For sure this will happen if we perform according to the recommendations and instructions provided by the relevant authorities, remaining at home/yacht unless in absolutely necessary to leave.
Thank you and warmest regards,
Text courtesy of Mr. Miguel Angel Serra
Partner in the Maritime law firm: Albors, Galiano, Portales.