Foreign visitors to Spain will no longer have to undergo a two-week quarantine from 1 July, the government has announced. It said the measure had been finalised in a cabinet meeting on Monday. Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya had previously said the requirement would be lifted in July, without giving a date. The news comes as the UK government prepares to bring in its own 14-day quarantine policy from 8 June. Travel firms and other industry bodies say the UK should relax the measure for visitors arriving from countries where people are at a lower risk of contracting the coronavirus. UK Prime minister, Boris Johnson stated during a press conference on Tuesday (26/05/20) that UK will reopen business sector on June 1st.
"Today I want to give the retail sector notice of our intention to reopen shops so they to can get ready. So I will announce that it is our intention to allow outdoor market to reopen from June the first subject to all premisis being made covid secure as well as car showrooms with often had significant outdoor space that generally easier to apply social distancing. We know that the transmission of the virus is lower outdoors. And it is easier to follow covid secure guidelines in open spaces. That means we can also allow outdoor market to reopne in a save way without the risk causing the second wave of the virus. Then from the 15th of June we intent to allow all other non essential retails ranging from department store to small independent shops to reopen. Again this change will be continue among progress againts the five test and will be only be permitted for those retail premisis which are covid secure" the prime minister said.
Greece is also begin lifting quarantine restriction in an attemps to boost its flaging tourism industry. Greek are once again able to travel freely to the countries islands, the return of domestic travel is an important step towards restarting the wider tourism industry which make up at least fifth of greek economy. But tempature check and social distancing still the main rules as the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis on the interview with bbc news revealed.
"Greece cope with covid 19 crisis pretty well. We had 160 people dead of the virus and only 2000 incidents accured in this country. So we actualy believe that we have contain the first wave of this pandemic and now we start to opening up. Today we opening up bars and restaurants, thank GOD we live in the country that has a good weather so we can use the outdoor spaces in order to gather and from June 15th we are going to open the international flights" the deputy said.
Greece recorded its first Covid-19 case on 26 February and the government acted swiftly to impose a lockdown. On 28 April, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a relaxation of lockdown measures in the weeks ahead. Churches opened for individual prayer on 4 May and religious services were allowed from 17 May, Schools reopened on 11 May for final-year students only, with special measures including students attending classes on different days, Shops are now all able to reopen and indoor shopping centres can do so on 1 June, Cafes and restaurants reopened on 25 May, but with social distancing, Beaches reopened on 4 May and Greece has declared that the tourist season will start on 15 June, with the opening of seasonal hotels on the same day and Travel to the islands resumed on 25 May for mainland Greeks, but not for foreign tourists; from 1 July Greece is set to lift the two-week quarantine rule for foreigners//NK