Foreign tourists will be able to return to Spain in July
During a televised press conference, the prime minister, Pedro Sánchez also announced that Spain’s top flight soccer league, La Liga, will restart games in June.
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez held a press conference today (Saturday) to discuss the latest measures being taken by his government, during the ongoing coronavirus crisis, announcing among other things, that the tourist sector should start to prepare for the upcoming summer season, and that La Liga would be restarting games at the beginning of next month.
“The hardest part is over,” he said referring to the Covid-19 epidemic, “we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Now the epicentre has moved to other parts of the planet, as is happening, for example, on the American continent. The response of the Spanish people has been formidable, everyone has fulfilled their mission and they came together to deal with the pandemic. We have taken the correct path. The Spanish people have forced the virus to retreat.”
Sánchez pointed out that “We are in the deescalation process, but we are still in a health emergency. We must always have in mind what the health authorities are telling us. We must act prudently and responsibly. Until a vaccine arrives everything will depend on each one of us. A new outbreak is far from impossible. Prudence must be the key to how we proceed.”
The prime minister said that he understood people’s desire to move forward as fast as possible, but he warned that “there is still around a month” of the deescalation process to go. “It will still be necessary to maintain some limitations on mobility, as well as limits to meetings. This will be for a few short weeks, but will still be necessary,” he said.
"From June 8th La Liga will return,” Sanchez announced in reference to the hugely popular top-flight soccer league, and stressed that many museums and theatres would be reopening too under the next phases of deescalation.
“We must begin to restart economic activity,” he continued. “Some of these sectors are hostelry and tourism, which have a fundamental role in the creation of employment. The moment has arrived. I’m announcing to you that there will be a tourist season this year and I invite all tourist establishments to start to prepare from today to restart their activity in a few days from now.”
The prime minister encouraged Spaniards to start planning their vacations, and said that from July, foreign tourism would return to Spain “in safe conditions.” He pointed to the fact that Spain usually receives more than 80 million foreign visitors a year. “From now, foreign tourists can plan their vacations in our country," he added.
“We will guarantee that tourists will not run any risks and they will not bring us any risks,” he continued. “There will be no opposing forces between health and business. Spanish tourism will now have two hallmarks: environmental sustainability and health safety,” he stated.