Spain warning: FCO updates holiday advice after Catalonia coronavirus outbreak

Spain holidays are popular with Britons who enjoy the country’s weather, beaches and culture. However, as Britons jet overseas to enjoy the sun, some countries are now experiencing a sudden increase in coronavirus cases, particularly in tourist hotspots. Spain, Italy and Greece have all reported an increase in cases as countries open their doors to international arrivals.

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Spain, in particular, was keen to restart its tourism industry after the country went into a state of emergency.

But since tourism restarted, some regions of the country have now experienced a second spike in coronavirus cases.

In fact, the number of coronavirus cases in Spain has tripled over the last few weeks since the country eased its lockdown rules.

Last weekend, 4,581 new virus cases were recorded in the country.

The cases have been particularly prevalent in Spain’s Catalonia region, which is also home to the country’s third largest city of Barcelona.

Spain is currently exempt from FCO advice against all “non-essential international travel”.

However, the FCO have updated their advice for those travelling to Catalonia.

“A small number of local outbreaks of COVID-19 have been identified in Spain since the end of the State of Alarm,” it reads.

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The FCO is advising Britons to consult the Ministry of Health map for information on their locations that are experiencing a spike in cases.

A second lockdown has not been announced for these parts of Spain.

The FCO advises: “If you are staying in any of the affected areas, follow the advice of the local authorities.”

It continued: “One of those outbreaks has affected parts of Catalonia (namely parts of Barcelona metropolitan area, and the areas of La Noguera and El Segria), where local authorities have asked residents only to leave their accommodation for essential activities.

“Meetings of more than 10 people in public or private are prohibited, and the authorities have ordered the closures of nightclubs, gyms, and restrictions to the capacity and opening hours of bars and restaurants.

“These measures will be in place until 1 August.”

The FCO also warned potential travellers that face coverings are now mandatory in Spain but rules may vary depending on the region.

They added: “The use of face coverings is mandatory for anyone over the age of six years old on all forms of public transport in Spain and in many other indoor and outdoor public spaces.

“Specific rules on the use of face masks may vary from one region to the next, you should refer to local authorities for advice.

“You should carry a face mask with you and be prepared to wear it throughout your stay.”

Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto told Europa Press news agency that cases in Catalonia are already under control.

“With the latest data we have in Aragon and Catalonia we are a bit more optimistic.

“Catalonia has already reduced the number of infections over the last three days.”

Spain has had 314,631 cases of coronavirus.

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