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Spain To Open European Borders From June 21

Spain To Open European Borders From June 21

Spain To Open European Borders From June 21

Madrid, which had so far opted for caution, is accelerating the pace and advancing the lifting of barriers for Europeans which was scheduled for July 1. 

The tourism sector promises to offer the best possible safety conditions for visitors, but the regions are concerned about the potential threat of holidaymakers who arrive without prior health checks.

The Spanish borders will reopen on June 21. After weeks of doubts and procrastination, Pedro Sánchez finally decided. It will lift the quarantine and restrictions on mobility next week and accelerates the removal of barriers to Europeans that was scheduled for 1st of July. 

The head of the Spanish government, who had so far opted for caution, reluctantly agrees to comply with the requirements of the European Commission to quickly reopen traffic within the Schengen area.

He made this decision despite the reluctance of epidemiologists who fear the impact of the arrival of European vacationers. Because if the Covid-19 is controlled throughout the territory, the country's health system remains weakened by the shock of the pandemic which left a provisional toll of more than 27,000 dead.

Since the start of the gradual lifting of containment, which began in mid-May, the central government has been under pressure from the tourism sector, one of the economic pillars which constitutes 12.5% ​​of the country's GDP. 

Hoteliers have fought to reopen the country as quickly as possible and try to save the season. With a strong argument: 

"The most tourist areas have been and can offer the best safety conditions to their visitors." 
insists the spokesperson of the employers' lobby Exceltur.
Except that, while each seaside resort prepares the modalities of the use of the beaches while respecting distances and safety, the data of the problem are being reversed: How will the Spanish coastline be able to protect itself, facing the potential threat of all holidaymakers from northern Europe without knowing whether they are contagious or not? The regional administrations are worried. 

Especially since the report in less than a month of more than a hundred cases imported by travelers from Latin America and the United States mainly, alerted the Spanish health authorities.

If the virus enters while international air connections are minimized, what will happen this summer when thousands of Europeans arrive every day, by plane or by car? Will the detection system be strong enough to prevent a new wave of massive contagions? 

"We are a country that lives on tourism, you have to understand that we have to prepare for a wave of new cases." 

confessing fatally Fernando Simón, the coordinator of the health alerts center.

The first test will take place in the Balearic Islands with a pilot program which foresees the arrival of 10,900 German tourists from June 15. But no one knows what will happen next, on a larger scale in the seaside resorts of the Mediterranean coast.


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