Why is a Spanish resort banning football shirts and swimwear?

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People wearing football shirts are not permitted to enter restaurants in one of Majorca's most popular party districts.

Despite the fact that the holiday season has only just begun, Playa de Palma business owners are already tired of drunken tourists. They've collaborated to develop a dress code that visitors must adhere to or be denied entry to certain bars and restaurants.

Swimsuits, football kits, and any accessories purchased from street vendors, such as gold chains or umbrella hats, are all prohibited. You also cannot simply remove your kit because shirtless people will be refused service.

So far, eleven restaurants in Playa de Palma, Spain, have enforced the ban, with QR codes at their entrances allowing customers to check what they can and cannot wear.

While they say there will be some leeway during the day, they say there will be no leeway at night, when bad behavior is at its worst.

Tourists who are inebriated are being prosecuted in party destinations.

Since 2020, the Balearic Islands have been cracking down on drunken tourists with a variety of measures aimed at attracting more valuable visitors.

This 'excess decree' affects Ibiza resorts in Magaluf, Playa de Palma, and San Antonio. To reduce excessive alcohol consumption, these popular party holiday destinations have banned all-you-can-drink deals, bar crawls, and happy hours, among other measures.

Excess tourism, according to Balearic Islands President Francina Armengol, is "not welcome" in the region.

"It is neither the type of tourism we want nor the kind of tourism residents deserve," she said earlier this year, before the summer season began.

However, business owners in Playa de Palma are skeptical that the Balearics' efforts to limit drunken tourists are effective.

The manager and chief executive of Playa de Palma, Pedro Marn and Juan Miguel Ferrer, told local media that there have been large groups of tourists looking to get drunk since May 10.

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