On 9 December 2022, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal by the Public Prosecutor’s Office against the judgment of the High Court of Justice of the Balearic Islands upholding the confinement of students in Mallorca during a study trip in 2021.

After hundreds of students on trips to Mallorca returned to several autonomous communities with COVID-19 infections, the Balearic Islands’ government decided to confine groups of students in a hotel before they could return home, as many had tested positive to the virus. Other, who had tested negative but had been in close contact with the infected, were also quarantined as a preventive measure.

The Supreme Court found that maintaining those who tested negative in confinement was a measure consistent with the principle of proportionality, as experience with end-of-year trips had shown that those having close contacts with infected individuals were likely to return home and infect others, even though they tested negative on the island. The Court thus rejected the appeal and upheld the findings of the High Court of Justice of the Balearic Islands of September 2021.

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