While the British Government is insisting the country stay safe and remain at a safe destination to tourists and locals whereas Spain says the country is still open and safe for tourists. After the rise in COVID-19 cases, the British Government warned against “All Non-essential” travels to mainland Spain and strictly ordered returning visitors to self-quarantine for a fortnight.
Amidst all strict safeguards, the foreign minister – Arancha Gonzalez Laya commented- “Spain is a safe country”. She further added in her statement that- “Like any other country all around the globe, Spain is also working to isolate cases as soon as they appear, trace the contacts and make sure to treat them while keeping separate from the entire country so that we can have less number of cases and economy can continue and so as tourists can continue to enjoy Spain”.
Gonzalez Laya said that the Spanish government would keep working with other European governments to reassure them and send a message of confidence. She said that the government was focused on persuading the UK guidelines that the Balearic and Canary Islands should be excluded from the self-quarantine requirements as the number of cases is far below comparing other areas of the UK. Although the islands are not covered by the Foreign Office warning against all-essential traveling to mainland Spain, visitors returning from both islands are required to quarantine.
On Friday, the Spanish health ministry recorded 922 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours and 10 people have died in the past seven days. Considering this, Gonzalez said such an outbreak had always been anticipated once Spain ended the three-month strict lockdown.
The British Government’s decision is likely to increase the pressure of Spain’s struggling tourist sector, which generates 12% of the country’s GDP. More than 18 million Britons visited Spain last year, almost 1/5th of all foreign visitors.