Canary and Balearic islands push for exemption from new UK quarantine rules
Reuters report that Spain pushing for the UK to exclude the Canary and Balearic islands from quarantine, minister says. In marked contrast to what has happened in the case of Portugal and its islands of Madeira and the Azores, Spanish authorities pushed the case for their islands to be exempted within 24 hours of the new measures being announced.
The Telegraph also reports that the Spanish government is focused on convincing Britain to exclude the Balearic and Canary islands from a 14-day quarantine it abruptly imposed on all travellers returning from Spain, Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said on Sunday. The BBC also featured the story heavily this morning. Nowhere (apart from this blog!) seems to have been putting the case for Madeira, which has an outstanding record, even compared to the Spanish islands.
“Spain is safe, it is safe for Spaniards, it is safe for tourists,” Gonzalez Laya told reporters. She added that her government would take measures regarding other countries if needed, based on epidemilogic data, but that there would be no tit-for-tat retaliation taking place.
The Sun (above) reports that Balearic Islands’ government chiefs said overnight they were pinning their hopes on establishing ‘safe air corridors’ with the UK to save their summer season and the holiday hopes of thousands of Brits. They confirmed they were working with the Spanish and UK governments to set up the scheme for islands like Majorca and Ibiza.
TUI, Europe’s largest tour operator, has said it will continue to run trips to Spain’s holiday islands (which are excluded from Foreign Office advice against non-essential travel), while cancelling all trips to the mainland. Jet2 is continuing flights to all of Spain, which is strange considering the FCO “do not” travel advice that applies to the mainland.
Other sources report that France and Germany could join Spain on UK’s quarantine list. Countries fear they may suffer second waves, as Britain says it will not hesitate to act quickly and impose new measures