Since the severely restrictive lockdown is over, Spain is slowly coming back to life. Tourism (12% GDP), which has suffered severe losses in the face of the epidemic, constitutes one of the most prominent branches of the Spanish economy. There is talk of deep recession that will not only affect tourism, but also other industries. In order to support local businesses and revive tourism, the Spanish government decided to gradually abolish the restrictions. In the span of a couple of weeks more restrictions will be overturned. However, they will differ depending on the region.
Wearing masks is mandatory for people above the age of 6 in all buildings, public transport and places, in which it is impossible to keep a two-metre distance. People who are unable to cover their mouth and nose due to health reasons are required to have an official diagnosis approved by a doctor.
The first stage of de-freezing the economy includes opening restaurants and bars in bigger cities i.a. Barcelona or Madrid. Of course, these restrictions include keeping distance, limitation of places and people in a building and disinfection. Gardens become more popular among restaurateurs and clients. Churches, museums and shops have been reopened and also must abide by individual restrictions. A maximum of 10 people may gather for private purposes. Restrictions concerning leaving in the morning and evening by people between the ages of 14 and 70 are still valid. Children below this age may spend time outside of home only with their parents or caregivers. The limit of people allowed to stay outside has been abolished in these provinces, in which the number of cases is smaller – including arranging weddings or resting at the beach. Monitored cultural and sport events are also permitted.
‘’The green zone’’ is one of the ideas for safe travelling during the pandemic. The regions, in which the number of cases is the lowest shall be deemed as ‘’ready to receive tourists’’. These areas will have been awarded the official certificate issued by the European Union. In case of Spain it would be the following cities: Valencia, Kastylia-La Mancha and Nawarra. It is one of the many solutions, which would provide save travel and rest.
Large Spanish cities, which have been the most affected by the pandemic become the least desirable places to spend holiday. Provinces are more likely to receive more tourists. The beaches have already been officially opened for local residents and are also waiting for foreign visitors.
The hotel industry is also one of the businesses that has to find its place in the new reality – serving meals, disinfecting rooms, common spaces and the smooth flow of guests. However, hoteliers are optimistic and do their best for the accommodations to be cosy despite the implied restrictions.