Vacationers who miss their annual sun and sangria glimmer in Spain’s vacation hotspots could wait some time before they can return to their favorite resort.
The number of sun seekers traveling to Spain this summer has fallen due to a combination of UK government quarantine restrictions, lockdowns on resorts and airlines suspending flights.
Now cases are picking up again in Spain, and restrictions on locals and visitors alike are looming.
Some UK airlines, such as Ryanair and easyJet, have continued to operate flights to Spain despite advice from the UK government against anything but essential travel. However, many seats were not sold and airlines have had to cut their flight programs from airports like Birmingham, East Midlands and Manchester massively.
Tourism bosses at Spanish resorts are still bravely trying to convince the UK government that it is safe to lift quarantine restrictions – but time is only a few days off from the lucrative summer season.
Government officials in Mallorca said they wanted to “reactivate” tourism as soon as possible, but those on the Costa Blanca – the region that includes Benidorm – have already marked it as 2020 day.
Spanish politicians agreed that there were many obstacles before the travel corridors with Britain could be re-established, but stressed a desire to lift the restrictions.
In Spain there are currently an average of 105 Covid-related deaths per day with 319.7 infections per 100,000 population in the last 14 days. A partial ban has already been imposed in the capital, Madrid.
There are also fears that a new Spanish national lockdown may be declared as cases lie ahead in some areas.
The country was one of the hardest hit countries when the coronavirus first emerged and the government imposed a three-month shutdown that allowed citizens to only leave their homes to shop for essential supplies or walk dogs.
Spain is unlikely to be placed on the UK’s quarantine exception list for any period of time.
Companies in Magaluf, the party resort on Mallorca, called this summer “catastrophic” but promised to fight back. However, it may take months for them to respond to post-coronavirus challenges.