A new law is coming into effect that will give the Ibiza council the power to prohibit new open-air music venues on the White Isle.
The tourist law, which was passed on July 18, has been amended to include new terms granting local councils the power to “regulate, determine or prohibit, in a reasonable manner, tourist activities” that occur for entertainment purposes.
According to Diario De Ibiza, the socialist PSOE party are behind the amendment, which will apply to Mallorca, Menorca, Formentera and Ibiza when the tourist law comes into play. The new restrictions will apply to an array of potential new venues on the Balearic Islands, with clubs, beach clubs and ballrooms all included in the legislation.
Vicent Torres, Ibiza council’s director of tourism, said: “It was very clear that the tourism law needed to be modified”.
He added that the “previously liberal law offered the opportunity for activities that are incompatible with the day-to-day life of an island that wants a sustainable kind of tourism.”
The amendment will also see the islands' municipalities, such as San Antonio and San Juan in Ibiza, given power to apply more restrictive measures without the need for secondary agreement from the corresponding council.