Travel restrictions to Spain are unlikely to be eased for several months as there is little prospect of UK vacationers returning to the country.
The country was removed from the “Safe Travel” list in July, devastating British tourists planning trips to the sun.
Since then, Spain and its islands have been practically out of bounds – although there are still Ryanair and easyJet flights between Spanish airports and the UK.
The Spanish Parliament will now adopt tough new measures allowing cities to be banned if 500 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 are registered or more than 30 percent of PCR swab tests are positive.
The strict new measures will cover all cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. Community boundaries are closed and movement restrictions are imposed, except for travel to work or for medical treatment.
Last week, Madrid recorded nearly 18,000 new cases in one week.
Around 10,000 new cases are reported in Spain every day, with an average of 350 people being hospitalized every 24 hours.
Countries with a weekly infection rate of more than 20 per 100,000 people are usually subject to UK government quarantine restrictions.
The average across Spain is 319.9 per 100,000 people over a two-week period. That’s 162.9 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
The UK Foreign Office is advising against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, and this is unlikely to change anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Tenerife and Gran Canaria have been put on alert after the two islands in the Canaries reported more than 12,000 active cases.
There are tough new measures in place to stop the virus from spreading. This includes limiting the number of meetings to no more than 10 people.