Holidaymakers will be welcomed back to Spain “as soon as possible”, but only when safe to do so, the country’s foreign minister has said.
Foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said cities with high concentrations of Covid-19 infection – such as Madrid and Barcelona – remain under stricter rules than more rural areas, but that the country will reopen to visitors at the earliest possible opportunity. Gonzalez told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme
“We are hoping to get tourists back as soon as possible but we are also conscious that, when we welcome them, we want to provide the safest destination in Europe” said Gonzalez Laya.
She added “We want to make sure when they come they can continue to experience the amazing stay in Spain, whether they love sports or culture or cuisine or simply like our weather. But we want to make sure that at this moment, when every country is suffering from this pandemic, we can provide them with a safe and healthy experience – that’s top of our priorities right now”.
Lockdown measures in Spain have reflected its high numbers of casualties, with children confined indoors for six weeks between March and the end of April and the aim is to have it totally removed by the end of June.
The central government won parliamentary backing on 20 May to extend the nation’s state of emergency implemented to stem the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease, reports state. It is the fifth two-week extension in a row and will remain in force until 07 June 2020.