ANA SALA, Calpe’s mayor, recently tackled the issue of safe tourism.
Talking to the local Spanish media as the second Covid summer approaches, Sala prudently suggested that frontiers should not open “just like that.”
The mayor stressed that foreign tourists needed to arrive with guarantees “like PCR tests or a Covid passport” and said that the central government should take steps to ensure that these would be mandatory.
It was vital not to waste everything that had been accomplished during the pandemic and to make certain that tourism was not affected by more coronavirus outbreaks.
“With regard to tourism we cannot turn back, we cannot lose all that we have achieved,” Sala added, emphasising that the Covid incidence in other parts of Spain was still worrying, particularly in the north.
“Apart from a few outbreaks there has been practically no third wave in the Valencian Community and we are advancing with mass vaccinations,” the mayor said.
Sala admitted that the international situation and the proliferation of new variants were a cause for concern but was still optimistic regarding the summer season.
Hotels that closed last October were beginning to open and she was hopeful that by late June hotels would be “as near as possible” to 100 per cent occupancy, while allowing for pandemic restrictions.
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