Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz has demanded that Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya includes the Costa del Sol in any safe tourist corridor agreement with the UK
The Foreign Minister is currently trying to secure a deal for the exclusion of the Balearic and Canary Islands from the quarantine imposed by the UK on arrivals from Spain, but Muñoz believes that not including the Costa del Sol ‘belittles the importance of our tourist destination’.
“Once again Pedro Sánchez’s cabinet has turned its back on the Costa del Sol and that the impact of British tourism on our market has not even been considered, the epidemiological indicators that show that we are a safe destination or the efforts that the health and tourism sectors have undertaken during recent months, ” said the mayor,“ unfortunately it is not a new abuse; we already suffered when we were prevented from passing through the phases during the de-escalation without any objective criteria ”.
Meanwhile the UK government has defended its decision to impose quarantine measures on travellers returning from Spain after Pedro Sánchez called the move an “error” that was “not justified”.
UK local government minister Simon Clarke spoke to Sky News after the government revised its travel advice for Spain to warn against all non-essential travel to the Balearic and Canary islands.
He said: “We do not agree with that (the Spanish prime minister’s) assessment. “We saw a 75% increase in cases on Thursday and Friday relative to Tuesday and Wednesday last week – that’s what has prompted this intervention.
“We are living in a world where things can move suddenly and very seriously, and that’s what appears to be happening in parts of Spain.
“We have to therefore make a decision as a government over what is best to make the UK safe.”
Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez said on Monday that his country is in talks with UK authorities to make them reconsider the decision to impose quarantine measures. In a TV interview he pointed out that the upsurge in Spain’s coronavirus cases is focused in two regions, Catalonia and Aragon. “In most of Spain, the incidence is very much inferior to even the numbers registered in the United Kingdom.” said the Spanish PM.