Spain was plunged into the so-called “new normality” on Sunday, after nearly 100 days under a state of alarm due to the coronavirus crisis. passengers on a hundred or so flights landed in Spain from Schengen-area countries, with a total of 225 routes restarting – a low number compared to a normal month of June.
Spain’s Minister of Health Salvador Illa said tourists will first have to fill in a form stating exactly where they will be staying for the duration of their trip and whether or not they have previously had coronavirus. Then they will also have their temperature taken at the airport and undergo a visual inspection. Illa said that if the passenger fails one of the three checks, they will be seen by a doctor.
“We want to make sure that we welcome visitors, but we want to do this in safety and security for them, as well as for the Spaniards,” says Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya.
Spanish officials are identifying locations where travelers “will be isolated and treated” should they require hospital treatment, according to González Laya.
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Masks are required in all indoor public areas at hotels. Guests get their temperatures taken before the enter hotels restaurants.
Gloves are mandatory each time a guest requests food from a buffet, where a worker serves them. Arrows have been put on the floor to map out one-way routes for guests to keep people from crossing paths as much as possible.
Government health workers make random calls to check on the tourists. If a guest has symptoms of the covid-19 virus — a cough or a fever — authorities say they will get them tested within 24 hours. Those with positive results will be isolated in apartments the government has rented for the summer season. A team of contact tracers, which has been bolstered by 150 new hires, will seek out any people who could have been infected.
Tourism generates 12% of Spain’s GDP and supports 2.6 million jobs. In Spain’s Balearic and Canary Islands, however, the dependence on tourism jumps to over 30% of their economies.