Spain’s Popular Tourist Hotspot Considers Reintroducing Covid Restrictions

Spain’s Popular Tourist Hotspot Considers Reintroducing Covid Restrictions

Due to concerns of the new Covid-19 XBB.1.5 sub-variant could cause cases of the virus to spike across Europe in the coming weeks, holiday hotspots in Spain could soon bring back restrictive coronavirus measures.

In October 2022, the last COVID measure was dropped completely, signalling a grand return to some form of normality for visitors. Currently, Spain requires all travellers to wear a mask on public transport, inside aeroplanes and in health centres, including pharmacies.

The popular region of Andalusia which contains Malaga, Seville and Granada – has become the first major location to hint that some sort of new regulations could be reintroduced, with the president of the regional government Juanna Moreno asking for “maximum precautions”.

Mr. Moreno also expressed his concern about the millions of infections in China and the possibility that new strains could overcome vaccines.

He has confirmed that Andalusia's public health committee will meet on January 17 so that experts can give their opinions on the present situation and “shed light on how we can address some of the aspects which are worrying us”. He said: “Prevention is better than cure and it is better to be two little steps in front rather than two little steps behind.

With the World Health Organisation recommending the reuse of masks indoors, Minister of Health of the Balearic Government, Patricia Gomez, has urged visitors and tourists alike to be vigilant. She said the use of the mask indoors was recommended, but in any case not mandatory or at least for now. The Balearic Islands are made up of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

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WHO Latest Recommendation

Amid the spread of newer variants of Covid-19, WHO has urged everyone to continue wearing masks and take the booster doses of the vaccine in order to curb the spread of the virus. 

WHO has advised that if Covid-19 patients are displaying symptoms of the virus they will have to be isolated for at least 10 days from the date of onset of the symptoms.

The WHO also recommends the use of masks ‘ irrespective of the local epidemiological situation, given the current spread of Covid-19 globally.'

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