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British tourists driving home from Spain are angry with the two-week bomb quarantine plan


Panicked British tourists returning from Spain today face a two-week quarantine when they get home after the government made its bombing announcement last night to scrapping the airlift.

Queues of home-bound British responded with anger and confusion as they prepared to board a plane from Madrid this morning.

It comes after the government suddenly pulled its airlift with Spain last night, with almost immediate effect after an increase in coronavirus cases in the country.

The move, which came into effect from midnight, means that anyone returning to the UK from Spain is automatically subject to a fortnightly quarantine at home.

The rules apply to all regions of Spain, including the Canary and Balearic Islands – although the latter's politicians say they're trying to beat up a regional airlift.

A Brit who wanted to remain anonymous said he was working on an NHS project while suspended and is now facing a fortnightly quarantine after a short vacation.

The "disgusted" vacationer said the project could now be delayed.

Speaking to MailOnline, they said: “We worked on an NHS project seven days a week for 14 weeks without a break.

& # 39; Our first chance to go on vacation as a family is now the prospect of a 14 day quarantine and the project will not be completed in time as it has 4 weeks to complete and we will not be there.

& # 39; no note. No chance for us to go back in time. Incredible. What a thank you for the hard work and effort that we have made. & # 39;

Meanwhile, a Brit at Barajas Airport in Madrid, Emily Harrison from Essex said: “It is really bad because it has come suddenly and does not have much time to prepare, so everyone is panicking now.

Panicked British tourists driving home from Spain are facing a two-week quarantine today when they get home after the government made a bomb announcement last night to scrapping their airlift. Pictured: British queue at Madrid airport to fly home

The queues of the home-bound British responded with anger and confusion as they prepared to board a plane from Madrid this morning

The queues of the home-bound British responded with anger and confusion as they prepared to board a plane from Madrid this morning

It comes after the government suddenly pulled its airlift to Spain last night with almost immediate effect after an increase in coronavirus cases in the country, including popular vacation spots such as the Catalonia region. Pictured: A passenger is wearing a face mask and safety glasses at Madrid Airport

It comes after the government suddenly pulled its airlift to Spain last night with almost immediate effect after an increase in coronavirus cases in the country, including popular vacation spots such as the Catalonia region. Pictured: A passenger is wearing a face mask and safety glasses at Madrid Airport

The British queues were waiting to check in for a Ryanair flight to England today

The British queues were waiting to check in for a Ryanair flight to England today

& # 39; It ruins plans for everyone. We had a wedding ahead of us and we had plans to visit friends and family that we haven't seen in a long time. Now we have to cancel all of these plans, so it's really pretty annoying. & # 39;

Labor decides "shambolic" decision to end quarantine-free trip to Spain – and Transport Minister Grant Shapps among those who have to be quarantined for two weeks after leaving for vacation

Ministers were upset by their "shambolic" decision to quarantine arrivals from Spain today, after it was found that even Transport Minister Grant Shapps had been surprised by the speed of the move.

Angry British holidaymakers face two weeks of self-isolation after the government changed their travel advice last night after traveling to the Costas.

Mr. Shapps will be quarantined after his vacation in Spain.

Labor shadow health minister Jon Ashworth blew up the speed of the decision and the way it was broken by a journalist on Twitter.

He said to Sky & # 39; s Ridge on Sunday, "I understand why you made the decision. But frankly, the way the decision was made in the past 24 hours is Shambol.

“There are vacationers in Spain who are currently confused and desperate. There are people who are on the verge of going on vacation to Spain and islands like Tenerife who are confused. They don't know if their employers will allow them to quarantine two weeks.

In response to Mr Shapps' predicament, he added: "You couldn't invent it. Grant Shapps is on vacation in Spain when he is Minister of Transport.

"I think that tells you everything about the government's approach in this regard."

Dominic Raab refused to apologize for reintroducing quarantine to Spain, despite the anger of British holidaymakers who had already traveled to the Costas.

The Foreign Minister defended the Department of Transportation's decision to remove the country from a list of safe targets following an increase in coronavirus cases.

When he appeared on TV this morning, he said the decision was made yesterday based on data received and analyzed on Friday.

He said to Sky & # 39; s Ridge on Sunday: "The cases in Spain, the data we received were on Friday, showed a big jump across mainland Spain, which was then evaluated yesterday afternoon, and we have made the decision as soon as possible.

"And we can't apologize for that. We need to be able to act quickly and decisively, especially with regard to localized or international measures related to Spain or a specific country where we have to take action.

Otherwise, we risk re-infection in the UK, possibly a second wave here and then another ban.

"So yes, I understand that it is disruptive to those who are in Spain or have been considering doing so, but we must be able to take swift and decisive measures to protect the UK because we are making such progress in the fight against the virus and prevent the virus from re-establishing itself in the UK. & # 39;

Passengers arriving at Gatwick Airport from Spain on Sunday morning were also frustrated with the change in the quarantine rules.

Those who get off a flight from Barcelona that landed just before 9 a.m. now face self-isolation two weeks ago.

Philip Bradby (55) and Marina Wilson (40) from Bournemouth said they had returned early due to the closing of the travel corridor with Spain.

"I think it's pretty bad that they did it so instantly," said Bradby.

Ms. Wilson, who has a nine-year-old daughter, commented: "They have changed the rules in half, which puts us in a very uncomfortable position and many things to arrange."

Jill Witte, 53, who returned to the country with her two daughters and husband, said the changes to the quarantine rule would "massively" bother the family.

"We were shocked, it didn't look like that was going to happen, otherwise we wouldn't have gone," she said.

Another 24-year-old Surrey traveler who only gave her name as Hannah said the change in rule would affect family plans and her work.

"We should be working again in early August, so I have to stay a week now," she said.

Today, Foreign Minister Dominic Rabb defended the decision and said it was based on data and analysis.

Mr. Raab said to Sky & # 39; s Ridge on Sunday: "The cases in Spain, the data we received were on Friday, showed a big jump across mainland Spain, which was then assessed yesterday afternoon, and we made the decision as soon as possible.

"And we can't apologize for that. We need to be able to act quickly and decisively, especially with regard to localized or international measures related to Spain or a specific country where we have to take action.

Otherwise, we risk re-infection in the UK, possibly a second wave here and then another ban.

"So yes, I understand that it is disruptive to those who are in Spain or have been considering doing so, but we must be able to take swift and decisive measures to protect the UK because we are making such progress in the fight against the virus and prevent the virus from re-establishing itself in the UK. & # 39;

Spain was one of the most affected countries in Europe by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 290,000 cases and over 28,000 deaths.

Very stringent blocking measures have been put in place to curb the spread and they were gradually loosened earlier in the summer.

Spain was on a list of 74 countries that the UK government had claimed were safe for travelers – which means that tourists returning home would not have to be quarantined.

However, in the past few weeks there have been a multitude of cases that have caused most regions to lay down rules for wearing masks everywhere, and in some areas, including Barcelona, ​​are demanding that people stay at home.

The British decision follows Norway's steps on Friday to reintroduce a 10-day quarantine requirement for people arriving from Spain, while France advised people not to travel to the northeastern region of Catalonia.

Heads of government of the Balearic Islands say they hope to establish “safe air corridors” with Britain to save their summer season and the holiday hopes of thousands of Britons.

They confirmed overnight that they were working with the Spanish and British governments to set up the program for islands like Mallorca and Ibiza.

In a statement on their website, the island government said: “We have been working over the past few hours to lay the foundation for a safe air corridor with Britain after the British government has quarantined all vacationers returning from Spain.

Philip Bradby (55) and Marina Wilson (40) from Bournemouth said they had returned early due to the closing of the travel corridor with Spain

Philip Bradby (55) and Marina Wilson (40) from Bournemouth said they had returned early due to the closing of the travel corridor with Spain

Jill Witte, 53, who returned to the country with her two daughters and husband, said the changes to the quarantine rule would "massively" bother the family

Jill Witte, 53, who returned to the country with her two daughters and husband, said the changes to the quarantine rule would "massively" bother the family

Spain was one of the most affected countries in Europe by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 290,000 cases and over 28,000 deaths. Pictured: Passengers arrive at Gatwick Airport today

Spain was one of the most affected countries in Europe by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 290,000 cases and over 28,000 deaths. Pictured: Passengers arrive at Gatwick Airport today

"The UK government's decision has caused great concern to the Government of the Balearic Islands as it will seriously affect tourism activities on our islands."

& # 39; One of the main arguments for creating a safe air corridor between the islands and the UK is the health situation here.

"The islands have had eight confirmed Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 14 days, compared to 14.1 in the UK and 37.9 in Spain as a whole."

Meanwhile, aeronautics analyst Alex Macheras said after the announcement of the new two-week quarantine regime: “This is going to be incredibly messy. The problem we have is timing with the traditional holiday season, so there is this expectation that people should be gone.

They called them airlifts and said go and enjoy your vacation. However, there has never been a strategy to make air travel and Covid-19 as safe as possible.

“You have encouraged hundreds of thousands to go to Spain and I don't think this will be the only country where we see this.

& # 39; For the airlines, this will be a second repatriation of the British. It's a nightmare. & # 39;

The Federal Foreign Office also issued a statement saying that people must stop all plans to travel to Spain unless it is essential because the country has seen an increase in coronavirus cases.

This happened after vacationers in Spain were hit by a two-week quarantine nightmare after the British government made a quick decision to remove him from the safe travel list.

British holidaymakers in Spain are facing a two-week quarantine after the country was hit by a new outbreak of the coronavirus

British holidaymakers in Spain are facing a two-week quarantine after the country was hit by a new outbreak of the coronavirus

Bathers enjoy the beach in Cadiz in southern Spain on July 24th

Bathers enjoy the beach in Cadiz in southern Spain on July 24th

Tourists in Spain faced a race against time to fly home to avoid the mandatory two-week quarantine that came into effect last night

Tourists in Spain faced a race against time to fly home to avoid the mandatory two-week quarantine that came into effect last night

Tourists were agonized over trying to return before midnight, while those who had booked to leave in the future had to consider canceling.

Neil Hunter, 45, from Sittingbourne, Kent, had booked a 10-day break on Lanzarote on Tuesday. The trip had been booked since last December.

He told the PA news agency: "We were traveling as a family, my wife Amanda and my teenage daughter Bethany, but to be honest, since this announcement, I am not sure what will happen if I work as a train driver and I don't think my employer accepts that I need to isolate myself for vacation.

Are we already facing the global second wave? Almost 40 nations report record daily increases in Covid cases as the public loses confidence in governments coping with the crisis

Almost 40 countries have reported record increases in coronavirus infections in one day, as the World Health Organization warns that there is no return to the "old normal".

The fall rate has increased rapidly in the US, Brazil, India, Japan and Australia, among others.

In Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan and Ethiopia, there is also an increase, according to a Reuters balance sheet.

Data compiled from official reports shows a steady increase in the number of countries that have seen daily increases in coronavirus cases in the past month.

According to Reuters, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan, and Israel also saw record-breaking one-day increases last month.

Three weeks ago, at least seven countries reported record increases, which had risen to at least 13 countries two weeks ago.

After increasing to at least 20 countries in the past week, the number of countries reporting daily record increases has now reached 37.

A new daily record has been recorded in Spain that is likely to prevent tourists from visiting one of the continent's most popular travel destinations.

A separate poll has also shown that the world has set a new record for the highest daily increase in coronavirus infections.

Worldwide, more than 280,000 new cases were registered on Thursday and Friday. This is the highest daily increase since the virus appeared. This comes from an AFP count based on official sources.

The Friday balance of 282,042 was slightly below the daily record of 284,661 on Thursday, but still shows an alarming increase in the spread of the virus.

This happens after the WHO has warned everyone to treat their behavior in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic as "life and death decisions".

& # 39; We are not going to & # 39; old normality & # 39; The pandemic has already changed the way we live, ”said World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus this week.

"We ask everyone to treat decisions about where to go, what to do and who to meet with as decisions about life and death – because they are."

A separate report also showed that governments are quickly losing support for dealing with the pandemic.

A poll released on Saturday found confidence in authorities in six countries waning as governments around the world struggle to contain the virus.

According to a study polling 1,000 people in every nation, the number of deaths and infections is higher than in France, Germany, the UK, Japan, Sweden and the United States.

"Support for national governments is declining in most countries this month," said the Kekst CNC Communications Advisory Group report.

The United States has had more than 4 million cases this week and more than 1,000 deaths on four consecutive days.

Brazil and India, which epidemiologists say are likely to be months from peak, have also exceeded a million cases.

In Australia, after another outbreak, officials forced a six-week partial ban and made face masks mandatory for residents of the country's second-largest city, Melbourne.

After setting a daily record this week, officials in Mexico warned that a downward trend in the numbers beginning in mid-June could reverse.

Based on the rate of hospital admissions last week, Mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum said that the hospital stay until October could exceed the levels registered in June.

She said, "It is important to realize that if we do not change the trend, exponential growth can occur."

Kenya had a high daily number of cases less than two weeks after the reopening of domestic passenger flights.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who announced that international flights would resume on August 1, has invited officials to an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the increase in cases.

South Korea reported the highest number of infections in almost four months on Saturday, and the first locally transmitted case in nearly 100 days was found in Vietnam.

This happened after the Chinese authorities announced on Friday that they would launch a new test wave the port city of Dalian, where around six million people live after new infections have been found.

The local government's health commission said the city must go into war mode to prevent further spread.

It also announced on-site nucleic acid testing for people using the subway system, and will impose new restrictions on some communities.

The WHO European Chapter has raised concerns over the increase in cases on the continent in the past two weeks and warned that stricter restrictions may be required.

"The recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases in some countries after the relaxation of physical distance measures is certainly a matter of concern," a WHO spokeswoman for Europe told AFP.

"If the situation demands, it may be necessary to reintroduce stricter, more targeted measures with the full commitment of the communities."

Almost a third of the 15.8 million infections worldwide have been registered since July 1, while the total death toll is 640,000.

"I'm insured, but I'm not sure if they would accept that as a reason not to leave, especially if Hays Travel doesn't cancel for me. I couldn't afford to cancel. & # 39;

He said he understood why the decision was made, but it was "a lot of money and still disappointing".

23-year-old Sophie Ingham flew to Tenerife with her boyfriend Nick Baldwin a week ago and says she is confused by the lack of instructions for the new quarantine.

Speaking to MailOnline, she said: “We were shocked.

“I find it ridiculous, we have only been here for a week and have followed all the rules. We wore masks when we needed them and weren't close to anyone.

“We don't even know if it definitely includes us because only the Spanish mainland is experiencing a second climb. Does this include the islands?

"It's all unclear and annoying because we really can't quarantine."

After Sophie started her flight home, she claimed that the stewards didn't even know the new quarantine rule.

The couple is now in the air and is expected to arrive at Leeds Airport around 2.50 a.m.

After Sophie started her flight home, she claimed that the stewards didn't even know the new quarantine rule.

The decision – triggered by a multitude of cases in the country – will affect thousands who went on vacation to the Mediterranean hotspot after being told that it was safe.

The Spanish outbreak reached fewer than 250 new cases a day in June, but the Spanish government is currently registering around 1,000 new cases a day.

The Department of Transportation confirmed that travelers returning from Spain to one of the UK nations after midnight last night from Spain would have to isolate themselves for two weeks as the country was removed from the travel corridor exceptions list.

After the news of the two-week quarantine had apparently come out of the blue, many Britons considered rushing home and ending their vacation early to avoid the quarantine.

Now a government spokesman has said that Spain has been removed from the travel corridor exception list.

A statement by the Federal Foreign Office said: “The Joint Biosecurity Center and Public Health England have updated their coronavirus ratings for Spain based on the latest data. As a result, Spain has been removed from the list of countries from which passengers arriving in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are exempt from the need for self-isolation.

& # 39; Protecting public health is our absolute priority and we made this decision to limit possible spread to the UK.

“We were always clear that we would act immediately to remove a country if necessary. Both our list of quarantine exceptions and FCO travel advice are updated to reflect these latest risk assessments. & # 39;

They added that Britons who are already in Spain should follow local health regulations and return home as usual and isolate themselves when they return.

A statement by the Federal Foreign Office also confirmed: “PHE continues to monitor the situation in the Balearic and Canary Islands closely. Travelers there should continue to review this advice regularly. & # 39;

Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon was the first to confirm the news that Scots returning from Spain would have to be quarantined for 14 days.

The dramatic change in the rules leaves the airbridge system – with the aim of stopping quarantines between selected countries – in ruins.

The efforts to promote trust in the difficult travel industry are also hard hit by developments.

Chloe Harris, 23 from Kent, booked a last minute trip to Lanzarote and arrived on the Spanish island this morning.

She told the PA news agency: "Right now we are just waiting to hear if the quarantine will affect the Spanish islands or if it will only affect the mainland.

When I heard the news, I was quite shocked to think they warned us. Even just a warning that this was something they would be thinking about.

“We only booked the trip on Wednesday and are only here for a few days. We had done our research and knew that there were only a few cases of Covid on the island.

“I think a lot of people will rush to the airport, but because we are only here for four days and only arrived this morning, it doesn't seem to be worth it. We'll just wait and see if the island has been quarantined.

“It would probably be okay to continue working and quarantining from home, although I would have to stop going to the office. However, my girlfriend, with whom I traveled, will start a new job on August 3rd, and it will be difficult to explain to her employer. & # 39;

John Blackmore from Hampshire was to fly with his wife and two small children to his family in Spain. But the new rules mean he had to cancel because he fears that his wife's employer may not be able to quarantine her two weeks longer when she returns.

He said they were unlikely to receive a refund for the flight because it was not canceled.

"I'm devastated," he told the BBC. "I have a family in Spain that hasn't seen their only grandchildren since Christmas."

Divina Encarnación tweeted: “I just landed in Spain, how and when should we get back? The British government is joking, thank you for ruining my vacation. & # 39;

While Alasdair Murray was tweeting, it would have been better if all flights had been canceled instead.

Rebecca Davison from MailOnline is in Menorca and spoke about the new quarantine rule. She said: "We were hoping not to be on the mainland because it is so quiet and deserted here that we would be exempt from the fact that it would only be the mainland Spain that would apply to.

“We were a little surprised to hear that it was here too, because everyone is wearing a mask on the street and there aren't that many people there.

"It just seems like it's safer here than at home."

Which? Tour guide Rory Boland spoke for many when asked why the change had not been made earlier.

He said, "Why on earth was this decision not made 48 hours ago when it was clear that there was a problem with Spain and before tens of thousands of British vacationers left on Friday for the start of the summer vacation?"

Paul Charles, CEO of travel agency The PC Agency, also went to Twitter to question the move. He said: & # 39; Surprised and did not change the # Spain travel advice yesterday when #France #Germany and #Norway did so. Interesting to see a general # Spain consultation instead of a regional #Catalonia only. Displays the depth of # UKGovt concern in #Spain. & # 39;

The new quarantine for incoming tourists from Spain will also affect Prime Minister Boris Johnson's efforts to get the British "back to work when they can".

The new quarantine for incoming tourists from Spain will also affect Prime Minister Boris Johnson's efforts to get the British "back to work when they can".

Sophie Ingham (photo left), 23, flew to Tenerife with her boyfriend Nick Baldwin (photo right) a week ago and is one of the first Brits who are likely to be quarantined when they arrive home today

Sophie Ingham (photo left), 23, flew to Tenerife with her boyfriend Nick Baldwin (photo right) a week ago and is one of the first Brits who are likely to be quarantined when they arrive home today

Couple among the first to be quarantined from Spain blows up "ridiculous" government decision

23-year-old Sophie Ingham flew to Tenerife with her boyfriend Nick Baldwin a week ago and says she is confused by the lack of instructions for the new quarantine.

Speaking to MailOnline, she said: “We were shocked.

“I find it ridiculous, we have only been here for a week and have followed all the rules. We wore masks when we needed them and weren't close to anyone.

“We don't even know if it definitely includes us because only the Spanish mainland is experiencing a second climb. Does this include the islands?

"It's all unclear and annoying because we really can't quarantine."

She and her boyfriend are now anxiously waiting at the airport and trying to return home before the quarantine is imposed. However, they are not sure whether the midnight deadline affects aircraft that were already outside of Spain before the cut-off time.

"We're flying at 10:10 p.m. and landing at 2:50 a.m. So we have no idea whether the quarantine affects us, as the news says only on Sunday morning."

She also said, “The government knew the risks when they opened the airlifts, and now they hang travelers to dry when many people cannot be quarantined.

23-year-old Sophie Ingham (picture right) flew to Tenerife with her boyfriend Nick Baldwin (picture left) a week ago and says she is confused by the lack of instructions for the new quarantine

23-year-old Sophie Ingham (picture right) flew to Tenerife with her boyfriend Nick Baldwin (picture left) a week ago and says she is confused by the lack of instructions for the new quarantine

Minister Simon Clarke said: “Britain now has only 9.6 cases per million compared to the EU average of 12.5. We cannot endanger that. & # 39;

In a typical year, around 18 million British travel to Spain on vacation, although the number is currently decreasing due to the pandemic. And 400,000 Britons have a second home there.

The tourism chiefs of Ibiza and Mallorca are desperate to start offering "safe air corridors" with Great Britain

Balearic officials have been desperately trying to establish “safe air corridors” with Britain to save their summer season and the holiday hopes of thousands of Britons after the government struck Spain off its safe travel list.

They confirmed overnight that they were working with the Spanish and British governments to set up the program for islands like Mallorca and Ibiza.

The Government of the Balearic Islands said in a statement yesterday evening: "Great Britain has excluded the Balearic Islands from recommending to its citizens not to travel to Spain, which means that travel insurance is still valid.

The government of the Balearic Islands has worked in recent hours to lay the foundation for a safe air corridor with Britain after the British government has quarantined all vacationers returning from Spain.

"The UK government's decision has caused great concern to the Government of the Balearic Islands as it will seriously affect tourism activities on our islands."

& # 39; One of the main arguments for creating a safe air corridor between the islands and the UK is the health situation here.

"The islands have had eight confirmed Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 14 days, compared to 14.1 in the UK and 37.9 in Spain as a whole."

The increase in cases in Spain started just two weeks after the alarm ended on June 21. A study found three weeks ago that only five percent of the population had antibodies to the virus, suggesting that most people were not infected.

The Mayor of Benidorm, Toni Perez, said of the quarantine decision: “We are very sorry. We have worked a lot in Benidorm to minimize the risks and we have no problems here at the moment.

“It is a very safe destination with very well organized beaches and companies that have made and use protocols.

& # 39; The problem in Spain is in certain areas, but ultimately this decision affects us all, and especially resorts like ours, whose main market is the UK.

"We will continue to work as we have done so far. We know that what we have done has been done well and that, thanks to the hard work of everyone here, we are offering a safe destination."

He added: "We cannot control these quarantine issues, but Benidorm will continue to welcome those who want to come and continue to provide maximum health security for visitors, including foreign tourists."

Toni Mayor, President of the Hosbec Hotel Association in Benidorm and Costa Blanca, described the quarantine reports in Great Britain as a "hammer blow".

He said: "It couldn't have been worse. From August 1st, it looked pretty good.

& # 39; Bookings had increased, including family bookings, and around 85 percent of our hotels would be open, and we were looking forward to having at least a normal summer.

& # 39; This announcement will crash everything.

“The British tourists who are already here have no choice but to stay on their return and isolate themselves.

"But I'm afraid many of those who would come will cancel now.

“There has to be a question mark about whether the tour operators will continue to work as planned.

“Not only will places like Benidorm suffer, other popular holiday destinations such as the Canary Islands and Mallorca will also be badly affected.

"Britain is 18 million vacationers every year and the British are Spain's largest holiday market."

Chloe Harris (right), 23 from Kent, booked a last minute trip to Lanzarote and arrived on the Spanish island this morning

Chloe Harris (right), 23 from Kent, booked a last minute trip to Lanzarote and arrived on the Spanish island this morning

Five flights from Spain to Belfast are expected as Northern Ireland closes the airlift

Vacationers returning from Spain to Northern Ireland on Sunday morning will have to be quarantined for 14 days because of fear of a second wave in Covid cases.

The airlift with Spain was closed at midnight.

The decision is made after Spain has reported more than 900 new daily infections in the past two days.

The decision means that those returning from the popular vacation destination, including its islands, will have to isolate themselves for two weeks after returning to Northern Ireland.

Health Minister Robin Swann said: “The decision to remove Spain from the exceptions list was not taken lightly.

“I have always said that I will act quickly and take the necessary measures to ensure that our citizens are protected.

“I spoke to my colleagues across the UK today and we all agree that the recent surge in new positive cases in various parts of Spain is cause for concern.

From midnight tonight, anyone returning to or visiting Northern Ireland from Spain, including its islands, must be quarantined for 14 days.

"I will continue to monitor the situation in Spain and other countries and make changes to the regulations as necessary."

He added: “There were hotels in Benidorm that were due to open on August 1st with the increased number of British arrivals that will now be closed and others that were open but could close after the announcement.

“There must now be question marks as to whether the Spanish government should have allowed discos and pubs to open so quickly.

"But the reality here is that this pandemia was a learning experience for all of us.

& # 39; It's a very complicated situation. I think we can now say goodbye to all hopes for a normal summer with this announcement.

"I'm obviously very concerned about the prospects for the future."

The new quarantine will also be devastating news for the tourism industry that has just started to wake up.

British Airways said the government's change in quarantine rules regarding Spain was "another blow to British vacationers."

In a statement, the airline said, "While our flights continue to operate, we are disappointed that the government is now discouraging all nonessential travel to mainland Spain and reintroducing quarantine to vacationers returning from Spain with immediate effect and thousands of flights throws British travel plans into chaos.

"Unfortunately, this is another blow to British vacationers and can affect an already troubled aerospace industry."

Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered airlines, said in a statement: “The advice is clear that people who are already in Spain should return home as usual and check the FCO travel sites.

“Public health must be a priority, but this shows why regional travel corridors need to be considered so that travel to safe parts of a red country can continue.

& # 39; We also need to introduce tests at UK airports so that those who are Covid negative can travel on without having to isolate themselves on arrival.

"We will continue to work closely with the government to protect public health while keeping air travel and the overall economy open."

Which? Tour guide Rory Boland tweeted to ask why returning tourists hadn't been quarantined earlier, with all signs from Spain suggesting a second outbreak of the corona virus

Which? Tour guide Rory Boland tweeted to ask why returning tourists hadn't been quarantined earlier, with all signs from Spain suggesting a second outbreak of the corona virus

Some British tourists who are currently in Spain went to Twitter to express concern about the bomb quarantine reports

Some British tourists who are currently in Spain went to Twitter to express concern about the bomb quarantine reports

In a statement, easyJet said: “We are disappointed that the government has decided to issue a quarantine request to travelers from all over Spain as the increased incidence of coronavirus is regional rather than nationwide.

& # 39; We plan to keep to our full schedule in the coming days. Customers who no longer wish to travel can transfer their flights without a change fee or receive a voucher for the value of the booking.

& # 39; Should flights be canceled later in August, customers will be informed of their options, including free transfer to an alternative flight, receipt of a voucher or requesting a refund using a web form on our dedicated Covid Help Hub at easyJet. com. & # 39;

TUI has also suspended all outbound flights from Spain, but has assured tourists currently living in the country that they could return home on their correct flights.

The new quarantine for incoming tourists from Spain will affect Prime Minister Boris Johnson's efforts to get the British "back to work if they can".

In a shift from the government's "work from home if you can" decree, the Prime Minister suggested that people should return to the office if it is "safe."

However, since many people returning from Spain are stuck in the house due to the two-week quarantine, it will be impossible for many people currently on vacation in Spain to follow the new guidelines.

There are also concerns that France could be the next country to be hit by a second wave of viruses.

Given the signs from Spain last week that indicate the country has been hit by a second wave of coronavirus, the decision to quarantine tonight has been made by questions as to why it wasn't launched earlier.

This happened after King Felipe VI. And Queen Letizia of Spain put on face masks during a mass as part of her tour of the country.

The royal couple was pictured this morning at a Galicia Day Mass in the Church of San Martino Pinario in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia.

It is because Spain recorded 2,255 more coronavirus cases within 24 hours and Catalonia has closed its nightclubs for two weeks for fear of a second wave.

The Catalan government threatened to close discos across the region when the number of cases rose to 319,501 yesterday.

King Felipe VI And Queen Letizia of Spain traveled the country to better understand the effects of the virus. Pictured at a day of Galicia mass in the San Martino Pinario church in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia

King Felipe VI And Queen Letizia of Spain traveled the country to better understand the effects of the virus. Pictured at a day of Galicia mass in the San Martino Pinario church in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia

The nightclub owners were told to close their doors for the next fortnight.

The move comes when Spanish health officials admitted they could be dealing with a second wave of coronavirus.

The regions of Catalonia and Aragon are the two most affected areas.

Five areas of Spain have now been blocked to curb the spread of the virus. Catalonia, Zaragoza, Pamplona, ​​Totana and A Marina.

Meanwhile, King Felipe VI. And Queen Letizia of Spain traveled through the country to better understand the effects of the virus.

Barcelona earlier this week said it would reduce the maximum number of people who could use its beaches at the same time from 38,000 to 32,000 as officials asked sun-seekers to avoid weekend peak hours.

The Catalan government has threatened to close discos across the region as the number of cases rose to 319,501 yesterday. Pictured Barcelona on July 19th

The Catalan government has threatened to close discos across the region as the number of cases rose to 319,501 yesterday. Pictured Barcelona on July 19th

Last weekend, residents of Barcelona were asked to stay at home wherever possible, as city councilors tried to encourage voluntary quarantine to curb the spread of the corona virus.

Catalan President Quim Torra admitted earlier this week that his government had examined the possibility of ordering the closure of discos in the region, which has a population of almost eight million.

The move affects all facilities with disco or music hall licenses.

The prestigious Catalan daily El Periodico said the closure order also affected nightclubs, although a tweet from regional health chiefs simply said, “The opening of discos, music halls, and nightclubs open to shows that have been approved for shows has been suspended across Catalonia. & # 39;

This graphic shows the new Spanish coronavirus cases in the past two weeks. A further 2,255 new cases were registered. The large increase of 4,000 cases is due to the fact that the country has stopped reporting cases on weekends

This graphic shows the new Spanish coronavirus cases in the past two weeks. A further 2,255 new cases were registered. The large increase of 4,000 cases is due to the fact that the country has stopped reporting cases on weekends

This graph of the overall coronavirus outbreak shows that cases are increasing rapidly, but are still lagging behind the 9,000 a day at the peak of the outbreak

This graph of the total coronavirus outbreak shows the number of coronavirus deaths per day in Spain and shows that the number of deaths has not yet increased with the increase in cases

Would you like a straw? Drug dealers are giving away FREE face masks and sniffing straws with grams of cocaine in Mallorca

Health-conscious drug dealers have given free masks to British people who buy cocaine in Mallorca.

The pushers, who work in the tourist hotspot Palmer and flog the powder for 100 euros per gram, throw in a face mask and a special snuff straw "free of charge" with every purchase.

The new sales initiative was discovered by a stunned ex-pat who managed to take pictures of the bizarre package.

The ex-pat, who didn't want to be named, told MailOnline: “It was hard to believe that someone who sells something so dangerous would be so concerned about health.

With every purchase, drug dealers throw in a face mask and a special sniffing straw "free of charge"

The pushers work in the tourist hotspot Palmer and whip the powder for 100 euros per gram

Drug dealers who work in the tourist hotspot Palmer and flog the powder for 100 euros per gram throw in a face mask and a special sniffing straw "for free" with every purchase

The new sales initiative was discovered by a stunned ex-pat who managed to take pictures of the bizarre package. Pictured snorting straws

The new sales initiative was discovered by a stunned ex-pat who managed to take pictures of the bizarre package. Pictured snorting straws

& # 39; In Spain the authorities are extremely strict with masks. If you go to the toilet, you must wear a mask so that the giveaway giveaway obviously makes it easier to enter. & # 39;

They said the free tubes were sold in multiple colors to help people stay on top of things and avoid sharing with others.

& # 39; The tubes are now supposed to address the problem with notes that users normally have to sniff the Coke. Now they have these tubes that are even color coded so people don't accidentally share them, ”they added.

"I don't know if this is something that all traders do, but it is certainly up and running."

Photos show the ex-pat with four straws of different lengths and colors; blue, yellow, black and red.

The Spanish daily El Pais said the two-week ban that was introduced at midnight also applied to hotels with dance floors that provide musical entertainment.

Bars and restaurants in the areas where most cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the past few days, including the city center of Barcelona and surrounding sleep towns, as well as the towns in Girona further north, including Figueres, must close by midnight.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has asked the country's citizens not to travel to Catalonia because of the health situation there.

Catalan Health Minister Josep Maria Argimon admitted that his health care system was facing "critical days".

He added: “We are not in critical days like March when our intensive care units in the hospital were full.

People sitting on beach towels in Cala de Alfacar, Menorca earlier this week for fear of a second wave of coronavirus cases in Spain

People sitting on beach towels in Cala de Alfacar, Menorca earlier this week for fear of a second wave of coronavirus cases in Spain

"The key now is that people follow all the rules and guidelines to ensure that the spread of the virus slows down."

The Catalan late night entertainment shutdown follows a path that other regions in Spain have followed, although the Balearic Islands were the only ones to take the draconian measure before new cases emerged.

Late night bars in Murcia have been told that they can only serve outside customers who settle in places like patios where social distance is guaranteed.

In Navarre, which also includes the city of Pamplona, ​​where the famous bull race normally takes place every year, immediate measures are being taken, including the closing of nightclubs at 2 a.m.

Officials in Madrid also said yesterday that they were investigating plans to redefine nightlife in the region, which would refer to the simultaneous reduction in the number of people inside and outside bars and clubs.

A block in the Totana community in Murcia, southeastern Spain, was the result of a Covid 19 outbreak in a pub called Dubai.

More than 50 people in the nightclub tested positive for the virus.

Around 30,000 residents are affected by the Totana closure. Entry and exit to the community is prohibited, except in cases of extreme necessity.

Restaurants and bars are only allowed to open outside terraces with a capacity of 50 percent.

It comes after France has told its citizens not to go to Catalonia.

Norway has also reintroduced the quarantine rules for people arriving from Spain, while the British were warned that airlifts could be canceled in the short term, so that they would be isolated for two weeks when they returned to the UK.

Although the UK government has kept Spain on its “green list” of non-quarantined countries, officials have indicated that this could change without notice if the rise in Spanish cases worsens.

Some British holidaymakers cancel their trips and TUI has announced that it will cancel packages to Spain if returning travelers are forced into a 14-day quarantine when they return to the UK.

France and Germany also announced today that all returning travelers will receive a free coronavirus test, fearing that the holiday season in some cases will lead to an increase on the continent.

In response to the threat, the authorities on the Costa del Sol have ordered people running on the beach to wear face masks.

People who exercise had previously been exempted from using face covers across Spain.

But the town hall of Mijas has now announced that its Senda Litoral, which is located on a long promenade that connects existing paths and promenades and extends over most of the municipality's coast, is not possible for athletes who play sports unless they mask themselves.

The decision was made after the city hall chiefs had been told that social distancing could not be guaranteed.

Mijas, located between Marbella in the west and Fuengirola in the east, is a popular destination for British vacationers and home to thousands of expats.

It is believed that it is the first local authority in Spain to make face masks compulsory for exercisers in part of their public outdoor areas.

The Senda Litoral is a project involving 14 municipalities on the Costa del Sol that are expected to connect more than 110 miles of coastline with existing trails and boardwalks.

This increases the prospect that other town halls along the famous coast will follow this example and prohibits sports enthusiasts from jogging by the sea at any time of the day.

The use of face masks in Spain has gradually been tightened. They are now mandatory almost everywhere in the open air outdoors across the country, as they have been mandatory in public places such as shops and public transportation for some time now.

French health authorities already registered 4,724 new cases this week, from 3,922 from last Monday to Friday and 3,792 the previous week

French health authorities already registered 4,724 new cases this week, from 3,922 from last Monday to Friday and 3,792 the previous week

Madrid and the Canary Islands are the only regions where people can put them outdoors in public spaces where social distance can be guaranteed.

Exceptions where to use them vary from region to region. Most coastal locations have beaches excluded, but Andalusia, which includes the Costa del Sol, insists on using it on beaches, unless sun worshipers sit in the sand or go swimming to and from the water.

One of the leading Spanish health authorities warned that the country could be suffering from a second wave of coronaviruses as the number of cases has increased alarmingly and triggered numerous local closures.

Deputy director of emergency health, Maria Jose Sierra, expressed concern about the increase in Covid 19 cases when the country recorded another 2,255 new cases today.

Ms. Sierra said: “We have important breakouts. It could be a second wave. We have to see what happens in the next few weeks. & # 39;

922 new infections have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours, compared to 971 the previous day.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said: "We strongly encourage French citizens to avoid it" to go to Catalonia, where nearly 8,000 new cases have occurred in the past two weeks.

French health authorities are also concerned about the steady increase in coronavirus cases in their own country after registering 4,724 new cases this week, up from 3,922 a week earlier.

Sierra's comments are the first time a senior Spanish health official has used the phrase "second wave" since an increase in the number of Covid 19 cases after the country's state of emergency ended on June 21.

The Spanish tourism industry, which accounts for around 12 percent of the country's economy, is now facing uncertainty after the country's borders were reopened to tourists with enthusiasm last month.

And Spanish epidemiologist Juan Jose Badiola said he couldn't rule out a national return to a draconian state of emergency when people were told to stay inside unless they wanted to buy food or go to the chemist.

People wearing face masks are walking along La Misericordia beach in Malaga earlier this week as Spain is facing a new blow to its tourism industry due to the corona virus

People wearing face masks are walking along La Misericordia beach in Malaga earlier this week as Spain is facing a new blow to its tourism industry due to the corona virus

He told Spanish television operator Telecinco today, "I would like to believe that we do not need to go back to this, but I cannot completely rule it out as the rate of new infections becomes very worrying."

The Murcia region sealed off 30,000 people in the city of Totana earlier this week, so that after 55 cases related to a nightlife district, no one can enter or exit.

Restrictions were tightened in Zaragoza and Pamplona, ​​while millions of people were asked to stay at home in Catalonia, including Barcelona.

British people have to wear masks during training in Spain

British vacationers wishing to take a morning run along part of the coast of the Costa del Sol have been told that they too must wear face masks.

People who exercise had previously been exempted from using face covers across Spain.

But the town hall of Mijas has now announced that its Senda Litoral, which is located on a long promenade that connects existing paths and promenades and extends over most of the municipality's coast, is not possible for athletes who play sports unless they mask themselves.

The decision was made after the city hall chiefs had been told that social distancing could not be guaranteed.

Mijas, located between Marbella in the west and Fuengirola in the east, is a popular destination for British vacationers and home to thousands of expats.

It is believed that it is the first local authority in Spain to make face masks compulsory for exercisers in part of their public outdoor areas.

People sunbathing on La Misericordia beach in Malaga this week as the Spanish tourism industry faces uncertainty

People sunbathing on La Misericordia beach in Malaga this week as the Spanish tourism industry faces uncertainty

The last restrictions on movement were lifted at A Marina in Galicia yesterday, but 350 people are still being watched at home and four are in hospital after an outbreak in the region.

Other Spanish health authorities are more confident that the surge will decrease in the cases.

Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto tried to assess an increasingly worrying situation by insisting that the health situation in Catalonia and Aragon, the two worst affected areas in the country, "get better".

Which parts of Spain are facing new barriers?

TOTANA: Murcia's regional government has blocked Totana again after 30,000 people have been banned from entering or leaving the area after 55 cases related to a nightlife district.

BARCELONA: Millions of people have been asked to stay at home in Catalonia, and meetings are limited to 10 people.

PAMPLONA: Restrictions in the capital of Navarre with a limited number of shops, bars and places of worship

ZARAGOZA: Zaragoza and some other areas of Aragon are back under phase 2 rules, with meetings limited to 10 people and the bars are supposed to close at midnight.

A Maria: Movement restrictions were lifted on Thursday, but 350 people are still being watched after a significant outbreak and four are hospitalized.

Catalan Health Minister Josep Maria Argimon admitted that his health care system was facing "critical days".

He added: “We are not in critical days like March when our intensive care units in the hospital were full. It is crucial that people follow all the rules and guidelines to ensure that the spread of the virus slows down. & # 39;

France has said it would not rule out closing its border with the Catalan region of Spain as it sees a "significant increase" in infections, according to the French health authority.

Catalonia, which borders France, has been at the center of a recovery in coronavirus cases since Spain lifted a nationwide block a month ago.

Almost 7,000 cases have been recorded there in the past 14 days, which is almost half of the country's total, although the rate has decreased in the past few days.

Norway has also warned that Spain could be included in its list of high-risk countries, which would mean that all newcomers would be forced into quarantine for ten days.

Restrictions on night bars and discos have been introduced in several Spanish cities and regions before the critical weekend is considered critical for Spain's attempts to turn the tide against a second wave of cases.

Any nationwide return to blockage would prove another blow to the Spanish economy after two-thirds of tourists canceled their hotel bookings this month.

Cancellation rates are 77 percent for families and 70 percent in the Balearic Islands, to which Mallorca belongs.

In some hotels, the number of tourists canceling a vacation booked a few weeks or months ago is higher than the number of new bookings.

Elizabeth Keegan, Tourism Director in Lloret de Mar, said: “We are receiving cancellations from the UK, France and Belgium.

"The 120 hotels here are 65 percent full and usually 100 percent this time of year."

Spain has registered more than 9,000 new cases in the past seven days, after only 5,000 had occurred the previous week.

Women with facial masks are walking along the beach at La Misericordia in Malaga earlier this week in the coronavirus crisis

Women with facial masks are walking along the beach at La Misericordia in Malaga earlier this week in the coronavirus crisis

According to studies by the tourism group Dingus, visitors who booked their trips two to four months ago canceled more than 80 percent of their vacation.

Overall, cancellation rates are 70 percent in the Balearic Islands and 64 percent in Spain.

While tourists traveling alone canceled 54 percent of their reservations, families scrapped 77 percent of their trips, the data shows.

The UK government has not made any changes to its rules related to Spain after it abolished the 14-day quarantine rule for people returning to England from Spain after July 10th.

Scotland also released Spain from its own 14-day rules this week after being initially on the quarantine list.

But it comes after British tourists have been warned that a new travel system could cause airlifts to collapse briefly and be quarantined when they return to the UK.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office earlier this month made exemptions for a number of countries from its "far from essential" travel guidelines.

This means that vacationers can currently travel to 74 locations without having to quarantine for 14 days after returning to the UK.

However, the UK is currently reviewing every country on the "safe list" every three weeks. It's only a week now.

Portugal is beating Britain because it does not follow the "facts" because it is not quarantined

Portugal sparked its anger in Britain today when ministers refused to remove the popular vacation destination from its quarantine list.

Ministers updated a list of nations from which arrivals are exempt from 14-day isolation this afternoon, but the popular vacation destination was still lacking.

It was discontinued when the system was launched three weeks ago for fear of coronavirus infections, which fueled the initial rage in Lisbon.

The refusal to change it today caused further turmoil in Portugal, which is heavily dependent on tourism. Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said the decision was "not supported by facts".

Five other nations were added to the list of approved airlifts: Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The change will take effect on Tuesday.

The need for vacationers to return from the UK to Portugal for quarantine for 14 days has particularly affected the southern Algarve, which is popular with the British for its sandy beaches and golf courses.

Other European nations, including Ireland, Belgium and Finland, have also imposed travel restrictions on Portugal.

Spain remains on the UK list of quarantine-free countries, though it is feared that it will experience a second peak in infections.

This means that you could go abroad for your vacation to a country on the "safe" list, but while an increase in coronavirus cases might be gone, the government could put it on the "red" list, meaning that You would have to be quarantined for 14 years. Days after your return.

There is also discussion that "regional" airlifts could be set up to allow people to travel to certain areas of countries where fewer coronavirus infections occur.

The government of the Balearic Islands insists that the archipelago is "safe for residents and visitors", but some tourists are alarmed by the growing number of cases.

The “regional” airlift plan could identify areas of low risk in high-risk countries that travelers could visit without being subject to the 14-day quarantine rules when they return.

Such a move would end the complete ban on travel for entire countries and further relax the quarantine rules.

It is believed that the Airlift Plan will be reviewed as part of a review of current travel restrictions. Changes will be announced on Monday by Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps.

The introduction of "regional" airlifts could enable trips to tourist hotspots such as the Algarve and Madeira in Portugal, while at the same time prohibiting entry into areas such as Lisbon, where the corona virus is more common.

It could also allow some trips to the United States to return, fearing that the national scale of its outbreak could result in a long-term ban.

A source told The Telegraph: “Regional airlifts are an option for countries with localized outbreaks.

& # 39; The US is a big problem. If you judge it nationally, the absence of travel could go on for months, where individual tests of arrivals could work. & # 39;

Gloria Guevara, President of the World Travel and Tourism Council, told The Times: “Establishing air corridors between financial centers where infection rates are low, such as between London and New York, would greatly promote business travel and the US will support economic recovery. & # 39;

In the meantime, ministers are also expected to consider introducing coronavirus testing before or upon arrival at UK airports as another measure that could reopen the trip to the United States.

Mr. Shapps will announce any changes to the current travel rules on Monday and will announce whether or not countries will be added to the 74 countries that are already exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement.

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