I know that tourism is our livelihood and it would be fantastic if we could restart welcoming tourists again, but talk of reviving the industry now is just wishful thinking and a complete waste of time.

I can´t see the much publicised safe air corridors being introduced any time soon especially in the present circumstances. Let us remember that Manacor is in lockdown, a curfew has been introduced across the Balearics, face coverings must be worn at all times, the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise and the government is threatening to introduce even further restrictions.

This is not exactly the criteria that you want in a holiday destination. For the time being the Balearic government and authorities across the globe just need to concentrate on dealing with the coronavirus. As I have said in this space before, what the local government could do now is start planning for the future, once all the restrictions are lifted. The first thing they should be doing is scrapping the tourist tax, at least in the short-term. Also, they should be looking at way to help bars, restaurants and hotels survive the coronavirus tsunami. Some governments have slashed the VAT rate for restaurants and bars which is certainly a way forward and perhaps similar action in the Balearics should be considered. These are very difficult times for everyone but for the moment the tourist industry just needs to take a step back and wait until the sun starts shining again.


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rich / Hace about 1 year

dare I suggest that 'going in and out of restrictions not only prevents hospitals be overloaded but also allows for the growth of herd immunity over the long term. As for the vaccine, make sure you all insist on free insurance, remember that wonder drug Thalidomide???


Steve Riches / Hace about 1 year

Only one thing will change this crisis and that is an effective widely available vaccine. There is hope of that but nowhere near this side of Christmas or even next Easter. Somehow we need to hold our fragmented society together without giving Covid19 further chances to spread. Following the rules on prevention is the only weapon that currently works.