By Cathy Elelman • 15 May 2020 • 17:01
KEY: The Andalucia Vice-President argues allowing people to move between provinces is vital for rebooting the region’s hard hit tourism sector
CREDIT: Juan Marín Facebook @JuanMarinCs
EXPATS on the Costa del Sol and the Costa Almeria could be enjoying the freedom to travel around Andalucia within weeks in a potential boost to the tourism sector, if the regional government gets its way.
Junta de Andalucia Vice-President and Tourism regional minister Juan Marin told Spanish media he believes the whole autonomous community will move into Phase two of the lockdown on May 25, and that people should then be allowed to cross provincial lines and move around the autonomous community.
As it stands, the Spanish government is not planning to authorise freedom of movement between provinces until the third phase of the lockdown, not set to begin until June 8.
Marin argues that allowing free circulation between Andalucia’s provinces in the same lockdown phase is not only “reasonable” it is key to rebooting the region’s tourism sector, one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. He warns that waiting a further two weeks would mean major losses for many businesses.
Commenting in an interview with an Andalucia TV channel, Marin also expressed confidence that by the first fortnight of June it will be possible to bathe on the region’s beaches and in swimming pools.
“If the beaches are open there will be tourism. If not, the summer will be lost,” he remarked.
The regional minister was asked for his views on the 14-day compulsory quarantine requirement on international air travellers, which came into force today, Friday.
He described the move as “a mistaken decision” and very damaging to tourism.
Marin said France had introduced the same requirement on travellers arriving from Spain as “payback.”
He suggested “other formulas” for allowing travel between European nations, citing Germany and Austria as models.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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Greece and Portugal are already inviting tourists in without quarantine. Pedro Sanchez and the PSOE has ripped the guts out of Spain. Never forgotten nor forgiven, media’s role in this disgrace. I am so pleased citizens media, what you survivors term, ‘alternative media’, now has the upper hand.
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