Two-Week Quarantine On UK Travellers Returning From Spain To Be Announced
The decision, which has yet to be officially announced by the Department of Transport, will affect all tourists who return after midnight this evening.
Upon return, travellers will have to spends two weeks in self-isolation, which could send those returning to the UK from Spain, or planning to travel in the near future, into chaos.
Spain has seen several clusters of Covid-19 break out in recent times, with hundreds of fresh outbreaks reported.
A formal announcement is expected from the UK government on Sunday.
Spain eased lockdown measures a month ago on Friday, but reported 922 new cases of Covid-19 on that date, prompting fears of a second wave.
The French government has already advised travellers not to head to Catalonia, which is one of the areas that has seen a spike in cases.
The French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, said: "Concerning the situation in Catalonia, which is displaying worsened indicators for infection, we strongly encourage French citizens to avoid going there until the health situation improves,"
Bars and nightclubs have already been closed down in the party resort of Magaluf - popular with British tourists - as a result of coronavirus concerns.
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This came after tourists - predominantly British - were seen to be partying whilst not wearing face masks, as well as completely ignoring social distancing.
However, some have claimed that it is an attempt from the local government to rehabilitate the image of the area, and business owners have taken legal action against the government as a result.
The Calvia Council, which has spent years attempting to improve the image of Magaluf, said that the order to close the bars had come from higher government, rather than the local authorities.
At the time, they said: "It's a difficult and tough measure but one that is necessary because of the potential for putting public health and the economy at risk.
"There are images that have appeared over the past few days, linked to drunken tourism, that put public health and the economy at risk."
"We have spent many years fighting against this type of tourism and this year it has an added component which is protecting public health. The decisions we take today will determine not only what happens this holiday season but next year as well.
"In Calvia we want tourism of course, but we don't want the type of tourist that only comes here to commit excesses, only those holidaymakers who come here to enjoy themselves responsibly and who have a guarantee they will find security here as well."
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