Spain maintains ban on cruise ships even as tourism restartsChristian Fernsby ▼ | July 1, 2020
Spain is to uphold a ban on cruise liners from docking at its ports to stop the spread of coronavirus, according to a ministerial order.
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With their crowds of often elderly passengers, cruise ships have been especially vulnerable to outbreaks of the virus and have been barred from disembarking in several countries.
Spain's ban on the vessels will continue until the coronavirus epidemic is brought under control, according to the Official State Gazette, even as the country otherwise reopens to tourists in an effort to revive an industry hammered by the coronavirus lockdown.
The retention of the ban was described as a "proportionate, objective and non-discriminatory measure that is in line with the objective set by the WHO Emergency Committee to stop the spread of the virus", the order said, referring to the World Health Organization.
Cruise liners form part of Spain's tourist sector which contributes 12% of GDP. In 2019 10 million cruise line passengers visited Spain. ■