President Armengol (left), Reyes Maroto (second left) with the president of the Council of Ibiza, Vicent Marí, and the national government delegate, Aina Calvo.

27-07-2020

President Armengol met the national minister for tourism, Reyes Maroto, in Ibiza on Monday morning. Maroto said that the Balearic and Spanish governments are doing all they can, and "in an accelerated manner", to prevent the UK quarantine requirement from translating into "massive cancellations". "The aim is to remove the quarantine from the islands (Balearics and Canaries) as soon as possible; better today than tomorrow."

The Balearic government had already announced on Sunday that work was under way to establish a safe air corridor with the UK. Maroto noted that this is something with which "the Balearic Islands have already had a successful experience - the corridor that was opened with Germany in June".

Armengol added that this experience "allowed us to offer complete peace of mind" and to show a commitment to ensuring that the Balearics is a safe destination. The president also referred to the contrasts in epidemiological data, with the Balearics having had eight confirmed coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past two weeks. For Spain as a whole, the figure is 37, with the majority of these cases having been in specific regions, such as Catalonia. In the UK, the figure is 14.5.

Silvia Cano, the Balearic parliament spokesperson for Armengol's PSOE party, said in Palma on Monday that British tourists will be "safer in the Balearics than at home". While considering it "good news" that the UK government had not advised against travel to the Balearics and that tour operators will be continuing to fly to the Balearics, she was nevertheless critical of the UK government's "constant improvisation". Cano noted that the news of the quarantine had even taken ministers on holiday in Spain by surprise.

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david wareing / Hace 8 days

hi david williams you have a short memory you have what you wished for ie "TOURISTS GO HOME" I was there and saw the demonstration. now you have to live with it

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David Williams / Hace 9 days

I am at a complete loss why the UK government have now decided to bang non-essential travel to the Balearic Islands. Clearly, the islands have a relatively low infection rate which is in fact lower than the whole of the UK. In fact the argument here is that their is no evidence to suggest the islands are not safe. The sensible approach is to remove non- essential travel and indeed the 14 day quarantine, and review the situation when their is evidence to suggest concern.

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